As the summer winds down and the school year starts, the many volunteer organizations that make up the fabric of our town come to life again. One of the most prominent and longest lasting of these is Trumbull Community Women (TCW).
The organization started in 1965 when it was established as the Trumbull Junior Women’s Club, part of the Connecticut Junior Women’s Club, Inc., a statewide organization of more than 700 women providing community service throughout the state. However, in 2006–wanting to differentiate their group from the myriad women’s clubs in the area, the members voted to rename themselves, choosing a title that signals to everyone that they are women of all ages committed to service in the community.
In the last year alone, they’ve hosted the Children’s Creative Center at the Trumbull Arts Festival, sponsored the 2K Health Walk at the Great Pumpkin Classic, served breakfast to vets on Veterans Day, worked with Social Services to create holiday baskets for needy families at the holidays, cooked dinner for the female soldiers at their home in Bridgeport, distributed Red Dress pins for Go Red for Women, held two food drives for the Trumbull Food Pantry, organized Tidy Up Trumbull, sponsored a Document Shredding Truck, and awarded a scholarship to a graduating Trumbull senior.
What distinguishes TCW in the eyes of many is the incredible variety of its membership. TCW’s volunteers now include a wide spectrum of ages, lifestyles and occupations. Members at different stages of life come together with one mutual goal: To reach beyond themselves and find the time, no matter what their schedules, to give back to this town that we all love.
Some members have been in for years and serve on many committees. Others pick one or two projects in which to become involved. The degree of commitment and time given varies from member to member, depending on what’s going on in their lives. But most members try to make the monthly meetings, both to catch up on new projects and to keep the personal connections going that are so much a part of the group. Members agree that the friendships that have sprung up through the years is one of the best things about belonging to the club.
TCW meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, and they are always eager to welcome new members.
For more information, visit trumbullcommunitywomen.org, or come to one of their monthly meetings; no commitment necessary.