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Who We Are

GFWC Warwick Women's Club

GFWC club women transform lives each day, not simply with monetary donations, but with hands-on tangible projects that provide immediate impact. With a grassroots approach that often thinks locally but impacts globally, GFWC, its clubs and members remain committed to serving as a force for global good, as it has done since its formation 128 years ago.



The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center was founded in 1977 as the Elizabeth Buffum Chace House.  This was a Community Improvement Project of the G.F.W.C. Warwick Junior Women’s Club with the intent of providing immediate, temporary shelter and support services for women and children in crisis due to domestic violence. Original services, which continue through the present time, included the crisis hotline and the safe shelter. Over the years, new services were added to address the needs of women who are unable or not ready to seek shelter, and to include men who are victims of abuse. In 2004, we opened our Community Center in Warwick to better serve community-based clients and to strengthen our work in the community.  EBCC is a member of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

Who was Elizabeth Buffum Chace? She was a prominent Rhode Islander who lived during the 1800’s. She was an influential activist dedicated to improving the lives of women and children.

Warwick Women's Club honored for Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center:


Nearly 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding. Here is the website link to the national GFWC website for more information:

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