Through the years, the CIWC has constantly endeavored to help the needy of the community through a wide range of social outreach initiatives that we have taken on.
Here’s a short history of the activities that we have been involved in over the past few years and are currently involved with:
- The CIWC volunteered at the International Peace Library for the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (Patrir).
- The CIWC has worked with the Roma Resource Center to contribute to the fund for sponsoring one gifted high-school aged Roma girl to finish high school by providing the funds for her to travel to Cluj, and tutoring for her studies. A variety of fund-raising events were held specifically for this initiative, including game nights, garage sales, and donations from individual club members.
- Peace Corps volunteers who were also part of the CIWC worked with Nuca – The Association for Animal Protection in Cluj. We used photographs of Romanian life taken by members that were then converted to greeting cards and put up for sale during the Christmas season as a fund-raising activity for the above initiative.
- A number of CIWC members worked with Habitat for Humanity to help with a “Blitz Build” house construction project in which a house was made for a single woman and her 2 daughters.
- We participated in the National Campaign for Promoting Volunteering “It is time to be Different!”while working with Pro Vobis – National Volunteer Center. As part of this, we participated in the World Volunteer Cafe and shared what volunteering means in our respective countries.
- Participation in a fundraiser tombola/raffle at Cora Supermarket to provide aid to Societatea Romana de Cancer
- Active participation in the Let’s Do It Romania! initiative
- Organizing clothes, goods, food donations for poor Roma families from the Gilau, Sardu, and Floresti areas through our member’s ministries
- Donations of clothes and shoes for street youth through King’s Love
- Organizing a deodorant drive for women inmates in the Aiud prison
- As part of the Thanksgiving project, we have worked with Dorcas Aid International in Cluj-Napoca to fill more than 50 blue buckets with food items, personal hygiene products and other non-perishable items that will be donated to poor and needy families in and around Cluj-Napoca.
- The Christmas Shoebox drive is another initiative the CIWC have been participating in for the last few years. While partnering with www.shoebox.ro for this initiative, more than 700 shoe boxes have been collected over the past few years and we aim to do much more this year! Under this drive, we package shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, personal hygiene products, candy, baby blankets, socks and a variety of items useful for children between the 0-17 year age group. These shoe boxes are then sent to children who don’t have an opportunity to receive Christmas gifts!