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COVID19 Volunteer Activities

The Face Mask Project

(put together by the Conservation/Beautification Committee)

Under the direction of Billie Jean Baldwin and Mary Ann Gibbs, 15 ladies, all members of The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, have been making and distributing eco-friendly reusable face masks through the community at no charge. So far, 500 masks have been delivered or in the process of delivery to family, friends and nonprofit organizations that serve Coconut Grove and the surrounding communities.

Recipients include:

  • Friends and Family Club members
  • Easter Seals after school program and OceanVida in Little Haiti
  • Grove Watch
  • Food Pantry volunteers in West Grove
  • Jackson Hospital medical personnel
  • Thelma Gibson Health Initiative
  • The Veteran’s Hospital

If you would like a mask for yourself and your loved ones, please email Billie Jean Baldwin at (baldwinbj70@gmail.com) or Mary Ann Gibbs (magibbs91221@bellsouth.net) to request them.

Because of the overwhelming demand for face masks, the Sewing Circle is looking to add volunteers. If you know how to sew, have the right equipment and would like to join us, please contact Mary Ann, at the above email address.

Because it is hard these days to find or buy materials specific to making the masks, the Sewing Circle is accepting donations of old cotton bedding, such as sheets and pillowcases, tea towels, quilting fabric and 1/8- and 1/4-inch elastic to help us continue to sew masks.

If you would like to make a donation towards the Face Mask Project, please make checks payable to: The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, write on the memo part of your check that it for the Face Mask Project. You can send your check to our clubhouse: WCCG 2985 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, Fl 33133.

Food Drive Activities

One of our newest WCCG members, Amanda Megyesi, her friend Edina Huskic, together with Karen Cunningham (WCCG member), her husband Glenn Cunningham and Ryan Burtner, are helping farms in South Florida that are struggling due to the Covid-19 crisis. These creative young Ladies decided to sell discounted produce to over 80 friends and neighbors, to raise money to donate to shelters, food banks, and the hungry.

Amanda and Edina work with a group called Social Girls in Miami, where Amanda is the Volunteer Director and Edina is the Vice President. Their quest is to help feed as many people as possible during these dire times.

In just a few weeks and due to generous donations from friends and families, they have been able to accomplish the following:

  • April 4th: they took 10 boxes (hundreds of pounds) of fresh produce to Miami Rescue Mission.
  • April 11th: 19 boxes (hundreds of pounds) of fresh produce was given to Curley’s House of Style Inc – Hope Relief Food Bank
  • April 11th: 3 boxes (about 95 pounds) of fresh produce given to St. James Baptist Church in Coconut Grove in coordination with Sherrill Martin
  • April 16th: 126 bagged lunches were passed out to the hungry all over Coconut Grove and Curley’s House of Style Inc – Hope Relief Food Bank
  • April 25th: 4 boxes (about 110 pounds) of fresh produce given out on the corner of South Douglas Rd and Florida Ave in Coconut Grove.
  • April 30th 200 bagged meals were given to Overtown Community Center and Dress to Impress, to be passed out in Overtown, in coordination with Nicole Crooks and Olivier De Lavalette.
  • April 30th: 30 bagged children’s meals and 71 adult bagged lunches were given to St. James Baptist Church in Coconut Grove in coordination with Sherrill Martin
  • April 30th: 96 bagged lunches passed out at José Martí underpass near Northwest Brickell and Liberty City and the West Grove.

These amazing and active Ladies would love to continue these efforts. To be able to continue feeding the hungry around us they would need money donations and volunteers. Volunteers are needed to pick up produce from the farms in Homestead, as well as items at Costco.

If you would like to volunteer, please email Amanda at amegyesi89@gmail.com. If you would like to make a money contribution to this effort, please make a check payable to: The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove and put in the memo section that it is for “Food Drive”. Mail the check to our club: 2985 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

Thank you, for your continued support during these extremely hard times.