The Wilton Woman’s Club (WWC) teen Junior Leadership Program (JLP) participants spent Dec. 24 delivering holiday meals to 40 homebound residents of Wilton, truly expressing the meaning of sharing in the holiday season. Club members made all elements of the meal in advance–turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and dessert–and brought them to Comstock Community Center on the morning of the 24th. JLP members then festively packaged the meals and delivered them to homebound seniors.

“We do this every year, and we all enjoy making this contribution to our community life. And Village Market again graciously provided all the containers we use,” said Valerie Colburn, a JLP mother and Woman’s Club member who helped organize the club effort.

JLP is for girls in grades 6-12 who are daughters of WWC members and wish to help Wilton through community service. The girls design their own projects, gaining experience in problem solving, taking initiative, mentoring younger girls, and connecting with those in the community.

“I loved the reactions of those we delivered holiday meals to,” offered Ana Colburn, Valerie’s daughter. “They were smiling and thanking us. One lady told us stories about her family and sang songs to us. We wound up offering to walk her dog. It was great!”

Ana’s friend and fellow JLP member Nicole Dirocco added, “To be honest, this is more fun than getting presents. Doing something for someone else really makes me happy, and the JLP allows me do this in our town.”

The WWC has been in Wilton since 1966, and is a group within which women in our town can socialize as well as provide service to all aspects of our community. For example, the club partners with Person-to-Person, working at the Norwalk Food Pantry (serving Wilton, Norwalk, Weston and Westport), and their clothing donation center.

On April 2, 2015, the WWC will hold its annual Fashion Show fundraiser, with proceeds to go to the 2015 philanthropy beneficiaries: Person-to-Person (, Circle of Care for families with cancer (, and Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County (  For more information about attending the fashion show, like the Woman’s Club on Facebook, or visit for more information.