Our Education Department gives college scholarships to three female Ringwood college-bound seniors. We have also given a scholarship to a mature woman returning to school. Our members also sponsor students and give money for 2 savings bonds for eighth grade graduation awards.
For many years, a Christmas Around the World party was held to fund projects such as Pencils for Bosnia and smile dolls for children coming to the United States for serious operations. Home Life & Social Services is another very active department. We sponsor a foster child in Mississippi, support the Center for Food Action and Strengthen Our Sisters, donate food baskets each Thanksgiving, and have visited local centers for parties and Bingo. Our members remember over 40 Secret Pals at the North Jersey Developmental Center each year.
Over the years, we have had various fundraisers, but for over twenty years our main fundraiser has been our Fashion Show, Brunch and Gift Auction. It has been wildly successful and enables us to give numerous donations each year. Just a few of these are: annual donations to the special state project, our 3 local fire departments, and ambulance corp. Underwater dive rescue suits, bullet proof vests for our police, a Jaws of Life, a defibrillator and a digital camera for the local high school, Baby Think About It computerized dolls.