One of regional Australia's most influential community organisations is seeking new members who will bring some fresh ideas for the future. The Griffith branch of the Country Women's Association (CWA) held their first awareness drive since COVID Tuesday, in the hopes of recruiting some new faces to the fold.
The CWA has been instrumental in advocating for improving the quality of life for women and children in rural Australia for over 90 years. Since its inception in 1936, the Griffith branch alone has supported the Griffith women's refuge, raised funds for drought relief and hospital improvements and set up scholarship funds for rural students among other achievements.
Memberships for the CWA are open to all rural and town based women living in the area and women of all ages are welcome.
"We are not exclusive, anyone can join," Griffith CWA Treasurer Catherine McDonell said.
"We have junior members right up to 90 year olds."
The CWA has been another volunteer organisation affected by COVID this year due to the high amount of members who are considered in the 'high risk' category. Attracting younger women to get involved with the branch has been a constant challenge with the modern pressures on women potentially keeping many from engaging with volunteer work.
"Women these days now work full time and have kids to raise on top of that," CWA member Jaclyn Harvey said.
No great amount of time commitment is needed, whatever members are willing to give to carry on the legacy of the CWA is appreciated, members of the CWA at the drive reiterated.
Meetings are now back in session after COVID and are held every second Thursday of the month at 7pm at the CWA building, 129 Banna Avenue. With restrictions easing they are hoping new faces will emerge that will bring enthusiasm and new ideas to contribute to the CWA community mission.
For more information for how to become a member, get in touch with the Griffith branch via email firstname.lastname@example.org.