Spirit of Generosity Thrives at Brightview Commons

General Federation of Women's Club

Residents and associates at Brightview Commons in Wakefield, Rhode Island are known for their generous spirit and kindness towards others.

Resident volunteers are active with the group, Residents Making a Difference, and fundraise, host drives, and make handmade items to donate to the less fortunate in the community. In the past year, they have read to preschoolers, hand knitted and collected hats, scarves, and mittens for South County Hospital and Welcome House, hosted food drives for Johnny Cake Center and local community churches, and gathered food and toys for the Rhode Island Animal Rescue League.

Brightview Commons also raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Domestic Violence Awareness.

Associates as well as residents at Brightview Commons are also part of The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of South County (GFWC), an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Founded in 1890, the group gives grants in four specific categories: arts, conservation, education, and social services as well as scholarships. The group is guided by the motto, Live the Volunteer Spirit.

Brightview Commons’ Sheryl Peno has been a member of the group for 2 years. In January’s Rhode Island Spotlight, she talked about how she benefited from the organization’s generosity and received a scholarship to purchase a computer and books while she was in school finishing her degree.

Explains Sheryl, “The scholarship award contributed to the flexibility I needed in order for me to continue my education from home, tend to three young children, and work full-time at Brightview Commons.”

Now, as Community Sales Director, she works with the group at the community which hosts the groups’ meetings and has been a corporate, gold level sponsor for over 10 years.

Jean Gerrish, Brightview Commons’ resident and active member of the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs Kensington, Maryland Club, has been a member for over 60 years and also served as a President and Board member.

With a tremendous dedication to volunteering in Maryland and especially in the District of Columbia where she served on the Board of a Senior Agency called IONA Senior Agency, Jean notes, “It has been a wonderful experience. I helped raise $8.3 million to build a new facility for seniors in D.C. area. Now that I live in Rhode Island at Brightview Commons, I see fellow members from the RI chapter when they visit the community for their meetings. I also attended the Annual Book and Author Luncheon at The Dunes Club last year, a fabulous event.”

For more information about GFWC, visit www.gfwcri.org/about-us-csgz.

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