We at the HIWC are passionate about making a difference, in our own lives and in the lives of others. That’s why giving back to our local and global communities is a major part of what we do in our Club. We are a charitable nonprofit association and we work hard to offer our members opportunities to volunteer and donate their time and money towards charitable causes.

BC Hearts Matter

This is one of our charity projects, creating handmade heart pillows and other items for women diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatment at NCT Heidelberg. We welcome your support, both through contributions of your crafting skills and donations.
Learn more about the project and how you can get involved!

Volunteering with Cooking for Hope

We support the local nonprofit Cooking for Hope, which was established in 2016 by our current HIWC President, Juliah Rais-Morres. Our organization assists the charity’s efforts to aid refugees and unaccompanied minors by volunteering and providing household item donations. Our members support her catering services at fundraising events in Heidelberg, while also participating in monthly cooking sessions at one of the refugee shelters.

The FAWCO Target Project

FAWCO, the global organization of women’s clubs that we are a member of, selects a Target Project to support in a three-year cycle. These projects are selected to bring a critical global issue to the attention of FAWCO clubs. The selection process for the new target project is currently underway and the chosen project for the next cycle will focus on the Environment. Once this project is selected by the FAWCO clubs around the world, the Heidelberg International Women’s Club will start fundraising to support this project.

The Heidelberg International Women’s Club was a proud donor to the previous FAWCO Target Project, S.A.F.E., (Safe Alternatives for FGM Elimination) is an initiative of the organization Hope for Girls & Women Tanzania (HGWT).

HGWT advocates to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices affecting women and children in Tanzania including but not limited to intimate partner violence, child marriage and other forms of violence. They work to promote and protect the rights of girls and women by providing education to girls and the community at large, strengthening social cohesion, promoting positive social change and increasing the capacity of women and girls to live free of violence through increased access to protection facilities and skills development.

Our Meaningful Masks Project, where we sold masks made by our members, and a book discussion were our main fundraisers helping us to reach Topaz Donor status on the FAWCO Foundation’s Donor Wall.