Volunteering is something that can appear in many different shapes and forms. Some nonprofit organizations just write checks for the issues they are trying to fix; however, being able to integrate themselves into the community is the key to the Cy-Fair Women’s Club mission, “Bringing Women Together To Better Our Community.”

Cy-Fair Women's Club is a charitable organization serving the Cy-Fair area by awarding scholarships to deserving high school seniors and providing financial assistance as well as volunteer services to various charities and nonprofit organizations.

Public Relations Chair, Patricia Swagerty, says members are excited to celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary this year.

“I have been fortunate to meet several ladies who were members from the beginning,” Swagerty said. “It began as a neighborhood club, The Copperfield Women’s Club. They started it as a group of women that wanted to help their small community.”

Times have changed in ways no one could imagine. The community is no longer small, and neither are the efforts by the club’s members. Since 2011, CyFair Women’s Club has awarded $307,000 in scholarships and approximately $230,000 to area nonprofits. The organization relies heavily on its major fundraiser, Shop ‘Til You Drop, as well as corporate sponsors to help meet community needs.

Cy-Fair Women’s Club is proud to award 20+ $1,000 scholarships annually based upon student applications and community service.

“Since community service is so important to our organization, we place a heavy emphasis on community involvement of the applicants. I wouldn't say that's the only criteria, but community service is probably the most important thing we put weight on,” Swagerty said.

One of the largest ways the club gives back to the community is through its annual Shop ‘Til You Drop event. It’s a great shopping experience for thousands of shoppers in a lovely venue close to home. Parking is free and there’s no admission fee. This year's Shop ‘Til You Drop event will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Berry Center, located at Barker Cypress and West Road.

Shop ‘Till You Drop also serves as a way for the community to learn more about what Cy-Fair Women’s Club is all about. For those interested in joining, the club meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress. Those interested in becoming members are asked to complete an application found online and pay a yearly membership fee of $30.

Part of being a member includes serving on two different committees, assisting with Shop ‘Til You Drop each September as well as participating as a group with various mini service projects 30 minutes before the meeting starts.

Some of the mini projects have included providing snack bags for first responders, creating pet toys for local animal shelters and scrapbooking thank you cards for teachers and placing them in care packages. The club also has a standing commitment of providing 300 boxes of macaroni and cheese each month to the local food pantry.

Members also have the opportunity to engage in larger scale service projects, such as making heart-shaped pillows for breast cancer procedure patients, nursing home residents and cardiac unit patients and volunteering at a local food bank. According to Swagerty, the club is a great way to get involved in the community and to give back.

“It's a club that I'm very passionate about, and I like keeping busy,” Swagerty said. “I like learning, and it's an opportunity to learn about your community.”

You can learn more about Cy-Fair Women’s Club here:

www.facebook.com/cyfairwomensclub

www.instagram.com/cyfairwomensclub

Cy-Fair Women's club (@cy_women) / Twitter

Cy-Fair Women's Club | LinkedIn

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