Woman’s Club Gives Grants, Forges Forward

The Westport Woman’s Club is 112 years old.

But members of the Imperial Avenue organization — founded in the early years of the 20th century — are continuing their long tradition of working to improve our town, far into the future.

Recently, the WWC gave a $10,000 Ruegg Grant to Aspetuck Land Trust. Funds will help educate and motivate homeowners to take care of their yards in more sustainable ways, including planting native plants, switching to organic lawn care and reducing pesticides. Model landscape demonstration sites are set for Earthplace and the Haskins Preserve.

Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue.

The Woman’s Club also provided community service grants to 34 Fairfield County non-profits. Ranging from arts, counseling, education and housing to seniors, special needs and women’s enrichment, awardees include Norwalk Youth Symphony, the Westport Country Playhouse, Mercy Learning Center, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Connecticut Food Bank, Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Homes with Hope, Elderhouse and CLASP Homes.

Applications are available for 2020 grants. The deadline is October 31; click here for details.

Of course, none of that happens without active members. No one in the Westport Woman’s Club was alive at its 1907 founding — but all are looking forward to the next 112 years.

And they can always use more help.

A wine-and-cheese reception on Wednesday, September 25 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 44 Imperial Avenue) will introduce prospective members to community service, fundraising, special interest and monthly meeting opportunities. Non-Westporters are welcome to join. For more information, email rclark@westportnational.com, or call 203-227-4240.

(Click here for the Westport Woman’s Club website.)

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