About Us

BWC was organized in the summer of 1938 as the Burlington Junior Woman's Club.  In 1949 the name was changed to the Burlington Woman's Club.  A new Burlington Junior Woman's Club was organized in 1956, sponsored by BWC and still going strong today.  During the years club service activities were quite varied.  For many years fund raising events were also varied and creative, but in 1970 the club opened the Thrift Shop as the only money making project allowed by our By-Laws. 

All of the work in the Thrift Shop is done by members on a volunteer basis. We sort donations, wash, iron, and mend things where it is needed, and "man" the sales floor. All profits are invested in the projects and programs that we support. We are fiscally responsible, and are registered as a 501(c) organization.


The General Federation of Women's Clubs

Unity in Diversity

GFWC is one of the world's largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women's volunteer service organizations.  It was founded in 1890 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1901.

GFWC clubwomen are true volunteers in action. In 2008, GFWC clubwomen volunteered more than 12 million hours and donated more than $81 million on behalf of 165,000 projects.  Learn more about GFWC in the 2008 Year in Review video now available on YouTube!


The General Federation of Women's Clubs - North Carolina

The Union of All for the Good of All

GFWC of North Carolina was founded in 1902 and became a part of GFWC the next year. With over 150 clubs throughout North Carolina, club women continue to work together to improve their communities. The President's and Junior Director's Special Project and Theme for 2012-14 is "Feed the Future".

During WWII NC clubwomen sold over $12M in war bonds and purchased the hospital ship, Larkspur


Burlington Woman's Club, Inc.

Honoring the Past, Connected to the Future!
Read the Times-News article about BWC's first 75 years.

In accordance with GFWC guidelines, BWC is organized into six Community Service Program areas, representing areas of focus in the community.  Members stay alert for new projects and organizations which need our help, and most also volunteer at one or more of them.   GFWC International outlines programs that further focus attention in each area. Refer to our Community page for more details and links to some of the groups we support.

The Arts
We recognize the importance of art and encourage programs that enrich the community.  Members also have opportunities to develop and share their own artistic talents. 

Each year beginning in January, the Arts Festivals give local students from elementary through high school the opportunity to have their art displayed in the community. Winners in each category and grade range move on to GFWC District and State competitions.

We also contribute to many art programs in the area, including the Snow Camp Theater, art programs at the Friendship Center and the Murdoch Center, the Arts Council, and others.

These projects focus on all aspects of our environment and the world´s resources, natural and man-made. Projects are designed to inspire clubwomen to establish and implement environmental awareness programs in their communities.

BWC has "adopted" a portion of Front Street and we give financial support to such groups as Alamance Beautiful Commission, The NC Zoo, and Kindred Spirits Wildlife Rehabilitator.

GFWC encourages clubwomen to create learning opportunities for themselves and their communities through volunteerism.  BWC members volunteer in the schools and at the library, sharing our love of learning with the children.

Financial support goes to the Alamance Partnership for Children, Books for Babies, the ACC Foundation, and other projects. In 2010 we presented the Alamance Children's Museum with a check for $15,000.

We offer three scholarship competitions for high school seniors, including the GFWC-NC Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship, which offers the winner the opportunity to compete at district and state levels for larger grants.

Home Life
This program is designed to inform members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities and provide opportunities to meet and address needs through volunteering.

We support and work with Meals on Wheels, Christmas Cheer, the Open Door Clinic, and many other programs in the area. The BWC Chorus sings with the residents of local nursing homes once a month, and we work closely with the Friendship Adult Day Services. The Thrift Shop also serves a significant need in the area.

International Outreach
GFWC's International Outreach Community Service Program allows clubs to reach beyond their own communities through education and global awareness.  We are fortunate to have several outstanding organizations in Burlington and North Carolina which enable us to help those most in need in other countries.

Members participate in the local CROP Walk and we support a number of organizations like New Directions, "Operation Smile", and Women for Women International, which provide much help where it is needed most.

Public Issues
GFWC has a long history of advocacy and investigation and development of programs relating to veterans, citizenship, and safety.

BWC supports many local agencies, including the Piedmont Rescue Mission, the Burlington Junior Police Academy, and others. In addition, we plan special treats to honor those who serve our community.