Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills MLK Day of Service Project

Front row:Ivy Ertle, Cathy Cerbo Back row: Teri Wohld, Diana Freidinger, Betty Lagitch, Joan Garbarino, Lois Preis White and Janet Reilly

PARSIPPANY — One of the Seven Grand Initiatives of the 2018-2020 General Federation of Women’s Clubs Administration is for 1000 Clubs to do a service project on Martin Luther King Day, January 21. With so much in the news about human trafficking the Parsippany Woman’s Club decided to help with the S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Project. After purchasing a case of 1,000 bars of soap, members of the club got together and put “hotline” labels on each bar of soap. The soap was then given to a representative from a local group that collaborates with the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NJCAHT) for distribution to area hotels.

WCPTH Club members hard at work from lower left: Lois Preis White, Diana Freidinger, Janet Reilly, Teri Wohld, Betty Lagitch and Cathy Cerbo

S.O.A.P. stands for “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution” and is a hands-on outreach to fight sex trafficking at large events and in communities.

S.O.A.P. was founded by author, advocate and survivor, Theresa Flores. On her worst night, after being auctioned off to nearly two dozen men in a dingy, dirty, inner city Detroit motel, Theresa recalled the only item that would have reached out to her, a bar of soap. With that in mind, she created S.O.A.P. — Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution — to help reach out to other victims.

Click here to learn more about S.O.A.P and how you can help

The Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills is a member of NJSFWC, which is the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state, providing opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service. General Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month from September to April at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Parsippany Rescue & Recovery, 100 Centerton Drive. For more information call Marilyn at (973) 539-3703, e-mail the club at womansclubofpth@gmail.com or click here for their website.

WCPTH Club Member Marilyn Marion. Photos courtesy of Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills
WCPTH Co-President Joan Garbarino, CAN Representative Rev Mandy Bristol-Leverett and WCPTH Co-President Diana Freidinger “delivering the soap” Photos courtesy of Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills