General Federation of Women’s Clubs & Shot@Life

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As an international women’s organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an organization the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign has been proud to partner with for many years. GFWC supports our efforts by taking advocacy actions, recruiting new champions, fundraising generously, and promoting our cause online. Our well-established partnership aims to expand access to lifesaving vaccines for children around the world, and you can read more about our collaboration here.

About the GFWC Awards

Almost one-third of deaths among children under five are preventable with a vaccine. In addition to being one of the safest, most cost-effective, and proven ways to save lives, immunization programs result in economic savings and strengthen global health security in an increasingly connected world. For all of these reasons, Shot@Life’s Awards Program focuses on giving more of the world’s children access to vaccines that will protect them against deadly diseases like polio. For roughly $1.00, General Federation of Women’s Clubs can help to provide polio vaccines to children in need around the world. Efforts to raise awareness and funds for Shot@Life will be tracked, and our top clubs will be recognized annually at the National Conference. Our special award levels for fundraising (there are also acknowledgments for advocacy actions done by individuals AND clubs) are:

  • Bronze: Raise $365 to help provide essential vaccines to 1 child a day
  • Silver: Raise $750 to help provide essential vaccines to 2 children a day
  • Gold: Raise $2,000 to provide up to 2,000 lifesaving vaccines to children in need
  • Platinum: $5,000 to provide up to 5,000 lifesaving vaccines to children in need

Donations can be sent to Shot at Life, P.O. Box 96399, Washington, DC 20090 or submitted online. Make sure to include the name of your club when donating.

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Check out the complete list of this year’s award winners on the Shot@Life blog!

Take Action Now

While fundraising remains one of the cornerstones of our partnership, GFWC and Shot@Life can collectively unlock millions of dollars for global child immunization programs through advocacy with our members of Congress.

From April 1 through April 30, 2020, Shot@Life supporters and champions took actions from home in support of global childhood immunization programs. Check out their successes by visiting shotatlife.org/advocate2vaccinate.

Here are three easy ways to get involved today:

  1. Participate in our annual advocacy activities:  We will provide all the training and tools you need to take action for children around the world through letter writing, calls to congressional offices, and in-district meetings with your members of Congress. Register here to watch a recording of our A2V kickoff webinar and check out additional training opportunities.
  1. Host an event: Hosting an event, such as a phone bank to call your legislators or a fundraiser to collect donations, greatly benefits Shot@Life and our UN partners. You can even apply for a GFWC/Shot@Life grant of up to $100 to assist with event costs — just fill out an application here.
  1. Sign our petition: Visit shotatlife.org/petition to send a quick letter to your members of Congress urging them to fully fund global childhood immunization programs in this fiscal year. It only takes two minutes to customize and send it!

Text to Stay Connected

If you have not done so already, text VACCINES to 30644 to receive periodic advocacy updates and actions straight to your phone.

  • By submitting your cell phone number you are agreeing to receive periodic text messages from this organization. Message and data rates may apply. Text HELP for more information. Text STOP to stop receiving messages. Shot@Life will never share your cell phone or other contact information with a third party.