Historic Federated Women’s Club Home gets a boost with the Lowe’s “100 Hometowns” program

Jul 26, 2021

The Fort Worth Association of Federated Women’s Clubs (FWAFWC) and its Capital Campaign are excited to be one of the 100 impact projects that are the cornerstone of 100 Hometowns, an initiative to celebrate Lowe’s centennial. Lowe’s received more than 2,200 submissions to the 100 Hometowns program, which invited people across the country to nominate their hometown projects in need.  The 100 Hometowns program will complete 100 projects across 37 states that rebuild areas reeling from natural disasters, repair critical housing, restore beloved community centers, and revive green spaces.

The 100 Hometowns grant will go towards renovation of the Federated Women’s Club Home, which is located in Fort Worth’s Historic Southside.

Established in 1917, as the City Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, the FWAFWC purchased their club home in the late 1940’s with donations of 25 and 50 cents.  It was the first building bought and owned by black women in the area. The organization has always sought to bring women together to strengthen the community and provide avenues for volunteerism, civic activism, education and cultural enlightenment.  And it was no different with the recent Capital Campaign initiative, where members once again, committed, pledged and provided sacrificial giving for the building renovation to help ensure that the organization will continue to serve the community. 

Phase one of the renovation process began in January of this year, with Rev. Milton Pace, pastor of Saintsville Cathedral and leader of the famous Pace Family Singers, serving as the Capital Campaign honorary chair.  Rev. Pace took his position to heart and secured funding for the first phase, which was completed in June.

Now, with the Lowe’s 100 Hometowns grant the organization will be within reach of their goal to complete the next 3 phases of the club home renovation by the end of year.

FWAFWC members are thrilled to receive this financial boost.  Renovations to the club home will ensure that the organization can continue to provide for current and future community activities.  Community advocate Coletta Strickland, who nominated the organization on behalf of the Capital Campaign committee, said that “Updating our club home will allow us to serve more people with an even broader range of services than we currently offer, like tutoring and more classes for young women to aid them with job readiness and other practical skills.” 

The Lowe’s 100 Hometowns projects span urban, rural and suburban communities and will benefit an array of community members, from toddlers, teens and seniors to veterans, small business owners, students, and more.

To learn more about the Fort Worth Association of Federated Women’s Clubs and to follow progress on the club home renovation, visit the website:  www.federatedwomenfw.org.  Social media updates can be found at facebook.com/FWAFederatedWomenClub, twitter @CityFederation and #100Hometowns.