Finding more ways to give back

First Posted: 8/12/2014

The Waverly Women’s Club has been a staple of Waverly going back to the 1950s.

It was started as a benevolent organization to help people. The organization conducted various different projects for the community with the purpose of aiding in social, educational and benevolent aspects.

Corresponding secretary Liana Walsh, 68, has been a member for nearly 30 years and has also served as club president and office treasurer.

According to Walsh, the club was very well known for its attic shop fundraisers, an event that has been discontinued.

“Over the years, our proceeds decreased because of competitions and we found it hard to be open two mornings a week,” said Walsh. “We decided to be open three days a week, but we don’t have enough volunteers anymore, so we decided to discontinue the attic shop. We’re still coming up with fundraisers to get money for the community.”

One of those major fundraisers will be a vintage treasure yard sale that will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 on the lower level of the Community House on North Abington Road.

Walsh said the yard sale will feature various items such as jewelry, small appliances, glass ware, children items, cookbooks and other donated possessions.

While the tradition of the attic shop fundraiser has been discontinued, the traditional ways of donating the earnings will resume.

According to Walsh, the money raised from the yard sale will be donated to the Community House and various organizations in the area.

“We’re going to give money to the fire companies, the Womens Resource Center, various cancer organizations and Griffin Pond Animal Shelter,” said Walsh. “Our intent will be to give half of whatever we make this year to the Community House and the other half to the community.”

Walsh said that is how the earnings were always donated.

Whether the yard sale becomes a success or not will be decided after it has come and gone, but the Waverly Women’s Club has always had a special impact on the community and Walsh knows that will not change anytime soon.

“I think it’s had a great impact,” she said of the club. “We also have two women’s scholarships that go to students in the Abington Heights School District. We also donate to the little library in the Community House and to a soldier’s plot at the Hickory Grove Cemetery.”

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