Community Inter-Action (CIA)

Community Inter-Action was created in 2017, in response to members wanting to do more to promote AAUW’s mission in our community.

Girls Project
The Crystal Lake Area AAUW Branch hosts workshops to assist Bookfriends International with its “Girls’ Project” to make reusable menstrual pads for school girls in various African countries. The project’s goal is to enable girls to attend school more consistently. If a girl can remain in school all month, she won’t fall behind in her classes. If she stays home for a week per month, she may not be allowed by her family to return. She will have less risk of becoming a victim of sex trafficking if she can remain in school.

Each menstrual hygiene kit consists of:
Two pads — reusable, washable
One pair of underwear
One quart size durable plastic zipper bag
An informational, encouraging brochure
Reusable cloth pouch

Working with Bookfriends from 2017 to October 2023 our Branch accomplished:
  • Completed Pads:  10,123
  • Donated panties:  3,501
  • Donated quart size baggies:  2,464
  • Sewn pouches:  1,278

Volunteers invited to assist with cutting fabric, sewing pads and pouches.  There is work for all skill levels!

Our next workshop:
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
9 AM -12 PM

Bethany Lutheran Church
76 W. Crystal Lake Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL

Girls Project Menstrual Kit

Girls Project Menstrual Kit







Bookfriends International – a “CIA” partner





Reel Life Movies

Movie screening and discussion at the Crystal Lake Public Library, co-sponsored by our branch. Movies are selected because of their relevant subjects for and about women in today’s society. Dates and titles announced in the library newsletter and on this webpage.

Next “Reel Life” screening: July 10, 2024
American Experience:
Fly With Me“, 6 PM
Running Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes


Click on Image to view the trailer

Fly With Me tells the story of the pioneering young women who became flight attendants at a time when single women were unable to order a drink, eat alone in a restaurant, own a credit card or get a prescription for birth control. Becoming a “stewardess,” as they were called, offered unheard-of opportunities for travel, glamour, adventure and independence. Although often maligned as feminist sellouts, these women were on the frontlines of the battle to assert gender equality and transform the workplace. Featuring firsthand accounts, personal stories and a rich archival record, the film tells the lively and important but neglected history of the women who changed the world while flying it. – Description from American Experience webpage

Fly With Me Trailer

Registration is required and handled by the Crystal Lake Public Library. Watch this page for a link to register online.   

Crystal Lake Public Library location and phone:
126 Paddock Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Giving Tree at Crystal Lake Public Library
Our branch sponsors a Giving Tree each year to benefit Home of the Sparrow, a nonprofit organization serving homeless women and children in McHenry County, at the Crystal Lake Public Library. Branch members provide and decorate the tree and transport donated gifts to Home of the Sparrow through December.










Christmas Tree Lane in Depot Park
Each year Downtown Crystal Lake and the City of Crystal Lake provides lights and decorations on the Gazebo and trees in Depot Park. Beginning in 2019, the city wanted to make the park even more festive, and with the help of community organizations and businesses Christmas Tree Lane was born. Our branch has participated from the beginning! This year’s tree sparkled with gold stars and a banner that read “Be A Star – Join AAUW.”

2023 “Be A Star – Join AAUW” Tree