Until it is safe for us to hold our meetings in person, here are our plans for continuing to support local agencies:
- Several weeks before the meeting date, we send an email to very member announcing the opportunity to nominate a nonprofit. Instead of the 7-minute presentation, we as the nominators to include a 100-word statement describing the mission of the organization and what it would do with the funds.
- Using masks, gloves, and good social distancing practices, members of the steering committee will pull three nominations out of the basket.
- We announce the three finalists, along with the 100-word statements for each, on Mailchimp, with an opportunity to vote. All this is also announced on our Facebook page.
- On the meeting date, at 6:30 PM, when we wis we could be at the country club with a glass of wine, we gather instead on Zoom and announce the winner.
- We gather checks and online donations, and schedule the check presentation, to which members are invited an asked to wear a mask.
Today we had the great pleasure of meeting the students and the teacher behind the Hoosier Hills Career Center project that won our support at our November meeting. Several of the students spoke beautifully about what this project means to them and to our community. We are so happy and proud to support this extraordinary school, and the students and teachers who are part of it.
The very first agency that we chose to support, way back in 2011, was New Hope for Families, which at the time was a very newly established shelter for families that are experiencing homelessness. As you know, once an agency is chosen for our support, it is not eligible to be nominated again for two years. At our August meeting last week, member Emily Pike, the current executive director of New Hope, made an eloquent, informative, and stirring plea, and we once again voted to support New Hope with our quarterly donations. Congratulations, Emily! Donations to be presented on August 21st.
We first voted to support Community Kitchen with our donations back in February of 2013. After two years, an agency that has won is eligible for re-nomination. Congratulations to 100+ Women Who Care member Carol Dilks, who serves as a member of the board of Community Kitchen, and who successfully advocated on their behalf at our meeting on May 2, 2018!
We met on Feb. 7 and voted to support Hoosier Hills Food Bank. So many people renewed their commitment! It was truly heartening. Our February renewal donations and donations to HHFB brought our total giving to just above $688,000. Think of that – as an individual, if you have been a member from the first meeting back in 2011, you have given $3,100. Together, though, we have given so very much more. Next meeting: Wednesday, May 2, 2018. See you there.
We chose Habitat for Humanity at our final meeting of 2017, and presented $17,000 in donations to them just before Thanksgiving. With those donations, we are within a few thousand dollars of reaching the milestone of $650,000 given to local nonprofits since 2011 – THIS IS AMAZING!
Did you see the story in the H-T? https://www.heraldtimesonline.com/news/community/women-who-care-help-fund-legal-aid/article_82f4957d-1bba-5d8d-b6be-a15886876123.html
On May 24, we presented donations totaling nearly $18,000 to the local chapter of St. Vincent de Paul, to be used in their work helping families remain in stable living situations.
February 1 is now the renewal commitment date for all 100+ WWC members. In order to be eligible to nominate a not-for-profit at any of our meetings and to be eligible to vote, your membership must be current. So, please do one of the following:
- Remember to bring two checks to the Feb. 1 meeting – one made out to the Community Foundation (CFBMC) in the amount of $100 ($50 if you are 35 or younger) for your 2017 membership, and the other to make your donation to the charity we select at the meeting.
- Or bring your credit card, so you can make both donations using that method at the meeting.
- If you’re planning to renew at the meeting, please try to come early. This is our first year with a single renewal date for all members.
- If you want to beat the renewal lines, you can mail your tax-deductible commitment check to:
- 100+ Women Who Care
- 100 South College Avenue, Suite 240
- Bloomington, IN 47404
- Another option is to make your tax-deductible CFBMC commitment donation online, on the CFBMC’s “donate now” page: https://www.cfbmc.org/donate-now/. If you use this option, please use the Fund Designation section to denote the 100+ Women Who Care fund, so your gift can be properly counted.
A group of our members gathered on Monday, November 28, to present our donations to Teachers Warehouse. Thousands of children go to their classrooms each day without basic school supplies. Often, teachers in our public schools use their own money to purchase supplies and educational materials. Teachers Warehouse, a free store for South Central Indiana public school educators, serves the educational and creative needs of pre-K – grade 8 students by providing a unique means to transfer donated and surplus merchandise from businesses and individuals to classrooms in Monroe, Brown, Lawrence, Greene, and Owen Counties. What a great local resource that benefits the entire community!