What We Do

Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention (Ongoing)
Earth Day Library Fundraiser
Greg Bousquet Holiday Wish Drive (November)
Governance
Historian
Membership
Nominating Committee
Publicity
Relay for Life
Santa’s Mailbox
Scholarship
Soldier Care
Sunshine
Tag Sale
Trunk or Treat
Ways & Means
Welcome to Killingworth
Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention (Ongoing)

This committee educates the public regarding all aspects of domestic violence awareness and prevention through events, panels and various other means.

In 2013, the Killingworth Women’s Organization launched a Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention (DVAP) campaign as their signature cause. Our efforts include bringing awareness of the problem and its impact on the community, and includes making information on DVAP resources available to our residents and educating the public to develop a better understanding of DVAP and ways to help. We conduct ongoing donation drives to collect items for women and children who are living in safe houses overseen by New Horizons Domestic Violence Services in Middletown. A critical component of our efforts is in making a direct impact in our town as we strive towards establishing a DVAP task force. As such, we are working with town officials, law enforcement and first responders in regard to DVAP-specific training and services that brings (1) appropriate handling and identification of local DVAP incidents, (2) direct and immediate connection of victims of domestic violence to resources, and (3) reduction of DVAP-related fatalities to local residents. The Killingworth Women’s Organization recognizes that domestic violence is unacceptable and that it is a crime in the state of Connecticut.

Lynn Clark, Nancy Donahue

Earth Day Library Fundraiser

The Earth Day Library Fundraiser is held every spring, usually on the last Saturday of April.  It is a fundraiser for the Killingworth Library, with a committee consisting of members of the KWO, the library and Chatfield Hollow Inn and Farm. Chatfield Hollow Inn and Farm hosts it as a community event with local vendors, organizations, authors and craftspeople that can present ideas on nature and sustainability practices.  To add to the festivities, there are games for kids, music and food.

Christen Riedy, Heather Temple, Donna Fornal

Greg Bousquet Holiday Wish Drive (November)

Adults in town who can’t afford to purchase holiday gifts for their children or grandchildren make requests anonymously through the Helping Hands food pantry, which are fulfilled by townspeople. This drive is carried out in honor of Greg Bousquet, son of KWO member Jackie Bousquet, who was killed in an accidental shooting in 1995.

Jackie Bousquet, Nancy McCormick & Andrea Frierbauer

Governance

Responsibilities include ensuring by-laws are maintained, followed and decisions are made in the best interest of the organization.

Kelly Leach, Andrea Friebauer

Historian

This committee honors and archives our history by recording memories of current and past participation through photos, articles, and online posts.

Morgan Nairn

Membership

This committee recruits and educates new members, collects dues and organizes all member-sponsored events.

Sandy Allard, Donna Fornall

Nominating Committee

This committee determines members who are interested in running for officer positions in the upcoming year and presenting them to the Governance Chair.

Barbara Sleight

Publicity

This committee is responsible for ensuring all organization events are well publicized though media outlets including articles, calendars, advertisements, the KWO website & social media. We strive to make the KWO website as informative, up to date and user friendly as possible. Updates allowing for online membership and event registration & payments, and dynamic member forms are some of our recent changes.

Genie Dethloff, Janet Colandrea

Relay for Life

Relay for Life of Haddam Killingworth, held annually, is a non-competitive, community fundraising event to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

The idea of fighting cancer speaks for itself. Our primary missions for the event are to raise as much money as possible for the cause, (click here for the Relay for Life home page) and to come together as a group. The H-K Relay team has continuously been one of the top fundraisers in the area. We are proud of our past accomplishments and are honored to be a part of such a momentous event.

Santa’s Mailbox

A bright red mailbox in the Killingworth Library collects Santa letters throughout December that are then read and personally responded to by members.

Kelly Leach

Scholarship

Each year, a generous dollar amount is set aside to give a worthy, community-minded Killingworth woman (or women) a scholarship as she graduates from high school and heads towards higher education. Criteria include community service, letters of recommendation and an essay topic that we choose each year. Watch for this year’s form beginning in February.

Barbara Sleight

Soldier Care

This project is a year-round effort that sends care packages to local service members as well as their families.

Amanda Brackett, Morgan Nairn

Sunshine

Birthdays and special occasions are recognized with cards by this committee.

Jackie Bousquet

Tag Sale

KWO organizes a community tag sale in the parking lot of the elementary school. Individuals and vendors register to purchase a sales spot, sell their wares and keep the proceeds of their sales. KWO sets up their own sales tables stocked with items donated for sale; KWO keeps the proceeds from those sales. The sale is an opportunity to clean up clutter and turn it into dollars for a good cause, while providing the community a venue for high visibility sales.

Proceeds from registration fees and items donated to the KWO for sale benefits our Scholarship Fund.

Andrea Friebauer, Genie Dethloff

Trunk or Treat

An annual event that provides a safe place for young children to trick or treat with decorated cars and trunks full of candy.

On a first come, first served basis, we fill the Middle School parking lot with cars that have their trunks full of candy! It’s an amazing way to bring the community together while providing a safe way for local children to “Trick or Treat”. With so many cars, the kids can’t help but walk away with tons of treats.

Barbara Sleight, Heather Temple

Ways & Means

Ways and means is responsible for ensuring enough monies are raised to cover club expenses, donations and our scholarship.

One way we raise funds is with our gift card program.  Gift cards from local stores and national retail outlets are purchased at a discount and sold at full retail value to members, the Helping Hands food pantry and non-members to cover club expenses.

If interested in purchasing gift cards yourself, use the Shop With Script, fundraising while you shop program to purchase actual or digital gift cards online. Purchasers get the full retail value and by designating KWO as your charity, we get a rebate.

Eileen Blewatt

Welcome to Killingworth

Postcards are sent to new residents that contain a welcome message and information regarding the Killingworth Women’s Organization information and meeting times.

Sandy Allard

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