Since our beginnings in 1924, AWA Vienna has been raising money for women and children's charities. 

The crafting group preparing for the   Easter Affayre raising money for a local charity which supports abused women,

A Brief History

AWA Vienna was founded in 1924 by American diplomatic and military wives. In 1931, AWA Vienna joined the Federation of American Women's Club, which became known as FAWCO. 

The group briefly disbanded in 1939 following Hitler's arrival in Vienna and remained inactive during the War. After the war, during the Allied Occupation, American Embassy and military wives organized the Children's Friendship Fund and used the proceeds from a thrift shop to help deprived and starving Austrian children. AWA Vienna became active again in 1964, with about 60 members. Today, AWA Vienna hosts more than 250+ members, and continues the tradition of women helping women. 

“AWA came into being, most informally, as a response to a need felt in the community. It has become apparent that, no matter how distinguished and fascinating our speakers, there was a strong impulse in the community for a more active and varied program”
— Hannah Adler, AWA Vienna Chairman - 1964

From our earliest beginnings 90 years ago, AWA has developed and grown, together with the City of Vienna, into the rich and diverse, cosmopolitan, international community.   Common threads running through our history are: making friends, adapting to new places, learning about our adopted home and its culture,  sharing experiences, working together, having fun, and supporting worthy causes.