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Raleigh Woman's Club Gifts Top a Million

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RALEIGH — In 1997, the Triangle community benefited from a combination of volunteer hours and monetary gifts from the Woman's Club of Raleigh that totaled $1.6 million. The 470 members gave $1.3 million in volunteer hours and an additional $275,000 in direct monetary support.

One of the club's key projects has benefited the entire state. Twenty years ago, members had the foresight to create the Friends of the N.C. State Museum of Natural Sciences, and they continue to be major supporters. That museum is now undergoing an extensive expansion in downtown Raleigh, and a plaque recognizing the club's unflagging interest was installed at the museum last fall.

"This is a dynamic, involved group that makes a significant contribution to the community," said club President Joyce White. "Whether the gifts are provided in the form of a check or in hands-on work, the Woman's Club of Raleigh touches an enormous number of lives each year."

Club members' involvement in other areas ranges from tutoring school children to working with the Chrysalis program at the Women's Correctional Center, monitoring projects for the Wake County Education Partnership, supporting various literacy programs and assisting with the Red Cross, Rex Hospital, Salvation Army, Exploris Museum and the Carolina Ballet.

Club members worked 53,485 hours at diverse projects. When computed at $25 per hour, as suggested by a CPA firm, the worth of those hours comes to $1.3 million.


Kay Miller, Web Editor

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