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Family Enrichment (formerly Home Life)
Community Service Program Chairman
Bonita Baughman
219 S. 12th St., Adel  50003 


Department Awards 2017 presented at
State Convention April, 2018

Overall Silver Award
GFWC/Iowa Solon Women's Club, SW District

Home Life First Place
GFWC/Iowa Yorel Study Club, Leroy, SE District

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Available Grants from GFWC
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Books for Babies Grants

GFWC's partner Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) is extending an opportunity for GFWC clubs to earn grants for purchasing Books for Babies kits, designed to encourage parents to engage in developmentally appropriate literacy activities with their babies.

In partnership with Nordstrom, FOLUSA will award 20 grants for $500 each to match $1,000 raised by selected Friends groups, women's groups, libraries, and other non-profit organizations for purchasing Books for Babies kits from FOLUSA. Grant recipients do not need to be members of FOLUSA. Grant recipients do not need to be members of FOLUSA.

Applicants agree to order a minimum of $1,500 worth of Books for Babies kits, of which FOLUSA will pay $500. Therefore, the minimum commitment from applicants is $1,000. Grants will be awarded in two cycles:

Cycle 1: Applications are due April 1, 2008. Recipients will be notified by April 15, and kits must be ordered by June 1, 2008.

Cycle 2: Applications are due October 1, 2008. Recipients will be notified by October 15, and kits must be ordered by December 1, 2008.

Applicants not awarded grants in the first cycle may amend their applications and be reconsidered for the second grant cycle. Only one grant per organization.

Grants will be awarded to organizations that currently have a Books for Babies program in place as well as organizations starting a new Books for Babies program. Grant applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Effective kit distribution plan.
  • Effective use of the kits to connect new parents with their local library.
  • Involvement of the local library.
  • Effective publicity plan for their Books for Babies program.

Download the grant application (PDF format). Questions concerning Books for Babies grants should be directed to (800) 936-5872 or

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