What will women do next to positively support their community?
Penny Smith, one of the organizers of the group, said there were 83 commitments (people who have joined as individuals or small groups) totaling 128 women who were able to raise $8,300 for the VON at the first meeting.
“We were absolutely thrilled with the commitment of the ladies that were involved,” said Smith.
Now she wants that number to reach 100 by the next meeting on June the 7.
“We want to be able to give out $10,000 to the next recipient,” she said.
Smith said they received a lot of positive feedback from the women and have had expressions of interest from others.
“We believe it will continue to grow,” she said.
The VON will make a presentation at the June meeting to share how the money was spent and the impact it has had.
Then there will be three other organizations presenting at the meeting. The women will then vote collectively on which organization to give the donation to.
“This is also a wonderful way to raise awareness of the great work in the community and to showcase what they do,” said Smith about groups who make presentations.
Already spinoff fundraising has happened for at least one of the organizations that was not chosen at the last meeting. When the CrossFit owner in Shelburne County heard about the need of the Loyalist Food Bank it was decided to hold a fundraiser. The initiative raised 2,540 pounds of food for the foodbank.
“We have a wonderful giving community,” said Smith.
You can visit the Shelburne County 100+ Women Who Care Facebook page and website
The 100+ Women Who Care meeting on June 7 is to be held at the Barrington Lion’s Hall and will begin with a mingle at 6 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Members are to get their nominations in for the next meeting by May 26.