New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs of GFWC
In 1920, our organization became interested in building a studio for the use of any composer, artist, or writer who might wish to occupy it under the rules of the Colony. Authors such as Sheila Burnford, author of "Incredible Journey," occupied the studio; and Mary Higgins Clark wrote one of her suspense novels at the MacDowell Colony. Member support continues today.
Greenbrook Sanctuary is a 165-acre woodland preserve on top of the Palisades in Tenafly and Alpine, New Jersey. The Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the use of its members by the Palisades Nature Association. Our funds continue to support this mission.
The Whitman collection is comprised primarily of books donated to the Walt Whitman House. Club contributions and funds from District Performing Arts Festivals and the State Creative Writing Contest are used to maintain and augment the Walt Whitman Research Library. T
From World War I to present , NJSFWC members continue to assist veterans. During WWII NJSFWC members raised funds to purchase Ambulance Planes. Today, Members donate thousands of supplies to Veterans Homes in NJ. Since 2009, NJSFWC members filled over 9,000 holiday stocking with items requested by the troops deployed overseas.
The Vineland Developmental Center is a residential facility founded in 1888 for females with developmental disabilities. Today the Center's population is approximately 500 women, ranging from older adolescents through geriatric age. NJSFWC funds continue to assist residents.
Listed on the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers as the "Blackledge-Kearney House,” but more familiarly known as the “Kearney House” or the “Cornwallis Headquarters”. NJSFWC Conservation Contest Funds assist with furnishings, restoration, and programs at this house.
The Nature Center, the Annie M. Carter Interpretive Center, provides visitors with the opportunity to understand the delicate Pinelands ecosystem which is protected by Wharton State Forest. NJSFWC Conservation Contest Funds are used to provide effective natural resource interpretation and to showcase the environs of southern New Jersey, including providing and maintaining accessible nature trails for hands-on study.
Several years of lobbying and study by the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs led to the preservation of the Palisades from commercial development and to the creation of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission by New Jersey and New York. This stone watchtower, a replica of ancient watchtowers built on the Rhine River in Germany, was built on the Palisades Cliffs overlooking the Hudson River to honor the successful efforts of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs in stopping the quarrying industry from blasting the Palisades Cliffs to pieces.