In August, 2017, seven women organized themselves into a steering committee to create 100+ Women Who Care South Georgian Triangle. Their intent is simple, fun, and impactful; four times a year over a hundred women come together and write a check for $100. Their donations are then combined to make a big difference by giving +$10,000 to a local charity. The concept is so compelling that by the first meeting the group had over 110 members. Today membership is over 175 women.
What a difference this group has made to the South Georgian Triangle community! In one-hour meetings, four times a year, they have donated over $150,000 directly into the hands of ten charitable organizations serving those in need from Meaford, Creemore, Wasaga Beach, Stayner, Collingwood, and more.
Members of 100+ Women Who Care nominate charitable organizations they want to support and all nominations go into a hat. Three charities are randomly drawn before each meeting. For each one, the nominating woman will have 10 minutes to make a brief presentation and handle any questions. Members then vote, and one charity is chosen for the group donation. Each member then writes a check (or donates online) for $100 to the chosen charity. The two charities presented who did not receive a donation are eligible for a subsequent meeting, and in the meantime have raised awareness in the community as to their needs and even, in the case of several, attracted volunteers. The other inspiring part of these meetings is that they always begin with an update from the charity who received the last donation as to the difference the +$10,000 donation has made in their ability to serve others.
Senator Gwen Boniface, speaking on the floor of the Senate last year, described 100+ Women Who Care South Georgian Triangle as “a groundswell of good will rising up in Georgian Bay”. This speaks to the incredible energy, power and love of 100+ women coming together to give back to their community.
THROUGH THE DONATIONS OF 100+ WOMEN WHO CARE
- Barbara Weider House has been able to create more programs for troubled youth
- Emergency Relief Fund of The Salvation Army n has been able to restore heat to homes without functioning furnaces, and provide emergency dental work to youth
- Victim Services in Grey Bruce Perth now offers a grief counselling program
- Events for Life in Thornbury now provides more programming hours for developmentally challenged adults
- Relief Fund at St Vincent de Paul doubled the support it offered to those in need Backpack Program able to run for a full year in Collingwood Collegiate Institute and Georgian Bay Community School Syrian Refugee Families now have additional learning opportunities such as driving lessons for moms
- Big Brothers Big Sisters able to offer summer camp experiences to their “littles”
- Hospice Georgian Triangle able to purchase two specialty beds for patient comfort and improved care
- Out of the Cold Collingwood has the necessary support for an overnight emergency shelter during winter months
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Charity nominated by Liz Gilbert
Syrian Refugee Families through All Saints Anglican Church Charity nominated by Susan Wismer $16,500
Backpack Program Collingwood Collegiate Institute and Georgian Bay Community School Charity nominated by Charlene Scime $16,310
Relief Fund at St Vincent de Paul Charity nominated by Pat Chalmers $16,400
Events for Life in Thornbury Charity nominated by Catherine Butler $17,100
Victim Services in Grey Bruce Perth Charity nominated by Odette Bartniki $16,150
Emergency Relief Fund of The Salvation Army Charity nominated by Betty Donaher $14,100
Barbara Weider House Charity nominated by Chris Cable $10,800
Nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing you are helping others, and nothing is better than the feeling of empowerment that comes from being in a room with over 100 women who feel the same way. If you aren’t yet a member of 100+ Women Who Care, and you are attracted to making an impactful difference, sign up at 100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com
The next meeting is May 27th at the Collingwood Legion (who donate the space—and coincidently serve a very nice glass of wine). All guests are welcome.