As an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an organization the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign has been very proud to partner with over the growth of the national campaign. GFWC supports our efforts by recruiting new Champions, fundraising, and promoting our cause through social media. The partnership aims to expand access to lifesaving vaccines for children in developing countries and stop unnecessary childhood deaths.
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:
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.
Check out the complete list of this year’s award winners on the Shot@Life blog!
In addition to fundraising, there are many other ways you and your club can help children around the world have better access to life-saving vaccines. While fundraising within GFWC clubs the cornerstones of our partnership, we can collectively unlock millions of dollars for child immunization programs by advocating to our members of Congress. Some of the activities your club can get involved with include:
Every year Shot@Life hosts two annual advocacy activities. These serve as a call to action, asking our supporters to take advocacy and fundraising actions alongside their fellow Shot@Life advocates to raise awareness for global health holidays such as World Polio Day, World Pneumonia Day, World Immunization Week, and to tell their Congressional offices that funding for global vaccines is a priority. We 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. Learn more about our annual advocacy activities here.
Hosting an event, such as a phone bank to call your members of Congress, or a fundraiser with a raffle benefitting Shot@Life. You can even apply for a GFWC/Shot@Life grant of up to $100 to throw your fundraising or advocacy event! APPLY NOW before the funds run out! Find more information and to fill out an application here.
Attending a live webinar training right from your computer. We offer hour-long trainings every month, and we are also happy to schedule individual trainings customized to your club or send you links to watch the training on your own time. Find our next training HERE!
Text VACCINES to 738674 to receive periodic advocacy updates and actions straight to your phone!
Attend our Annual Champion Summit in Washington, DC to be trained as advocates for global childhood immunization programs, meet with legislators on Capitol Hill, connect with other Champions, and hear from amazing speakers. Learn more about our summit here.