Old Man Winter is loosening his grip, so full steam ahead for our February meeting coming up in a couple of days. See you all on the 19th at the Bloomington Country Club; social time starts at 5:30. Bring a friend; bring a check, and if you’re up for renewal this quarter, bring two checks. See you Wednesday! Jeff Baldwin from the Boys and Girls Club will be on hand to tell us how our November contribution is making a difference.
In response to our recent member survey, we have made some changes and additions to the talking points for those who wish to advocate for an agency. An example of what presenters should include in their advocacy for a not-for-profit:
Identify the impact the funding will have on the organization and their mission. This should include who, how many, and the profiles of those the funds will impact. Be prepared to answer if 100% of the donations will stay in Monroe County and, if not, where some of the funds will go.
Visually Impaired Preschool Services, VIPS-Bloomington, is thrilled to announce the recent donation of $20,000 from 100+ Women Who Care. At their August 7th meeting, the 100+ Women Who Care selected VIPS-Bloomington as the recipient of their quarterly award. To date, 100+ Women Who Care has contributed more than $146,000 to different not-for-profits in Monroe County since the group’s founding in November 2011. At VIPS’ board meeting on August 14th, WWC members Traci Nagle and Lynnette Carlson presented Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Ann Hughes, with 200 checks of $100 apiece. Several VIPS families also attended to thank the Women Who Care and to celebrate VIPS-Bloomington’s 2nd anniversary.
Visually Impaired Preschool Services empowers families by providing educational excellence to young children with visual impairments to build a strong foundation for reaching their highest potential. VIPS-Bloomington opened in 2011 to serve the underserved population of Indiana’s visually impaired infants and toddlers. The agency provides home visits from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI), preschool and daycare consultations, and quarterly Play & Learn groups for families. To date, VIPS-Bloomington has served 78 families throughout South Central and Central Indiana.
During the WWC meeting, Development Director, Rebecca Davis, explained that the donation would go towards funding the salaries of VIPS-Bloomington’s full time TVI as well as 2 new teachers who are joining the agency this year to consult on a part-time basis.
To learn more about VIPS visit their website at www.vips.org. A VIPS-Bloomington site will launch soon.
In May, the chosen organization was Girls Inc.; that organization received $18,500! Our total giving adds up to $104,300 to seven organizations and $32,700 to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (CFBMC), for a grand total of $137,000.
On November 19, eight members of 100+ Women Who Care were on hand to present checks totaling nearly $16,000 to Stepping Stones. Standing (from left), Sheri Benham, executive director of Stepping Stones, Jocelyn Bowie, Carol Maloney, Dee Rillo, Sue Shindell, Ute Coyne, Janet Barrows, Charlotte Zietlow, Mary Burch Ratliff, and Warren Wade, assistant director of Stepping Stones. In front, three Stepping Stones employees.