We are a diverse organization working to promote civic, philanthropic, cultural and educational interests within our community through the spirit of volunteerism. We are proud to be involved in a wide variety of community programs, philanthropies and charities.
Student Art Contest - Each year we host an annual Art Contest, with several artistic categories of competition (drawing, painting, photography, mixed media and 3-D art). Art in the Community Orange District Art Festival
Bird Sanctuary Information
Official Club Logo - Western Bluebird …………………………..........................................................................................................................………………………………………………………….. History of the Yorba Linda Bird Sanctuary The Yorba Linda Woman’s Club is very proud that the City of Yorba Linda has installed ‘Yorba Linda is a Bird Sanctuary’ signs at various city entrance locations. The signs were supposed to be installed 45 years earlier, after the City Council passed an ordinance on March 4, 1968 designating Yorba Linda as a Bird Sanctuary, but they never were. In 2011 Club President Sandy Weinrich was researching the history of the Club’s bluebird pin. She came across an old district report that mentioned Yorba Linda is a Bird Sanctuary. In checking with the City, it was confirmed, Yorba Linda is a Bird Sanctuary - Municipal Code Ordinance 6.36. Also, Lynne Yauger, Club Member and an Orange County Historical Commissioner, came across the ordinance in the organization’s minutes when she was doing research for the Club’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2012. There she discovered that it was the year 1968 when the Yorba Linda Woman’s Club was instrumental in having the city designate Yorba Linda as a Bird Sanctuary. In 1971 an airport was proposed in Chino Hills which would involve the airplanes flying over the Yorba Linda area. We understand that Yorba Linda being a bird sanctuary along with much resistance from the community, resulted in the airport proposal’s demise. In 2012, Club President, Sandy Weinrich sought a Club Chairman to research the bird sanctuary sign issue. Club member Marcia Willett volunteered and made it her mission to follow up with the city about the signs. Her collaborative effort lead to the Club paying for the materials and the City installing them. Several sign designs were created by Club member Nancy Capel, then the Club members voted on the best one. Fast Forward to year 2013; Marcia Willett, now President of the Yorba Linda Woman’s Club, successfully, on June 26, 2013, along with Mayor Tom Lindsey and several enthusiastic club members in attendance, unveiled the very first sign at the South/East intersection of Yorba Linda Boulevard and Jefferson Street. Today, there are a total of 8 signs standing close to the city’s entrances.
YLWC President Marcia Willett and Mayor Tom Lindsay unveil the first sign.
Mayor Tom Lindsay and YLWC Members at the unveiling ceremony of our city’s very first sign. l-r standing: Karlene Ballard, Pamela Harrell, Mayor Tom Lindsey, YLWC President Marcia Willett, Mary Moo Karpel, Esther Murray, Pat Porter, Sandy Castle, Karin Rinnert, Kathy Carswell, Jewell Hollingworth kneeling: Heather Laporte, Heather's granddaughter Baylee Hicks, Susan Hillman and Olivia Alessi.
Civic Engagement & Outreach
11th MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) - YLWC works on projects during the year including: sewing barracks bags for returning Marines; sponsoring single Marines to attend the Marine Corps Ball; decorating and filling goodie bags for the 11th MEU’s family holiday party at Camp Pendleton. Navajo Christmas - YLWC provides holiday gift bags to children living on the Navajo Reservation in Klagatoh, Arizona. These bags are filled by our members with games, coloring books, crayons, winter hats & gloves, etc. Operation Smile - YLWC supports this nonprofit medical service organization which provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide. Sew Kind - Hand-crafted and sewn items are made and given to CHOC, Crittenton Children’s Home, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, and others. Items include: knit/crocheted hats for cancer patients; trauma bears (delivered to police depts.); hospital gowns for terminally-ill patients; upbeat pillowcases for patients, and items for Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units (receiving blankets, nursing pads, etc.). Troopons - Troopons is a project where we cut and collect manufacturers coupons, count up the value and send them to Florida where they are shipped to military bases all over the world for our military families to use. Wreaths Across America City of Yorba Linda
Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention
OC Human Trafficking Projects - we do many projects tot help OCHTTF; from collecting/distributing bath towels, to making tactile boxes, to writing letters of encouragement. Women's Transitional Living Center- we collect towels, blankets and other donations for WTLC. This organization strives to end the cycle of violence by working with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, their families and the community by providing multiple intervention and prevention services on a continuum
Ronald McDonald House- Club members save pull tabs from aluminum soda cans which are delivered to the Ronald McDonald House in Orange. The tabs are recycled and the money raised from recycling helps cover expenses of families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their child receives vital medical care. Penny Pines Program - We help sustain our national and urban forests by contributing to the cost of replanting trees in damaged areas.