June 23, 2022 ·
By Peter Richardson
The 100 Women Who Care Dufferin County gathered at the Adamo Winery on Monday (June 20), to present a local non-profit organization with a no-strings-attached cash donation.
The organization holds an event every three months where they hear from several charities about why they should receive their support and vote on one to receive funding.
On Monday, Choices Youth Shelter, which provides shelter services to homeless youth 16-24 and is in the process of opening a men’s shelter for older adults, was selected by the 100 Women Who Care, and are receiving a few thousand dollars. The final tally is still being counted.
Erin Goodyear, executive director of Choices, delivered a heartfelt and impactful presentation on the need for increased funding at Choices, which led to the charity being chosen by the 100 Women Who Care Dufferin. Goodyear said the money will be used to create a garden, as there are proven therapeutic benefits when people are around nature. The funds will also help to buy fitness equipment for youth, providing them with a positive outlet for their energy.
During the gathering at Adamo Winery on Monday, the 100 Women Who Care also presented a cheque to Hospice Dufferin for $4,033 that was fundraised in March.
The Dufferin chapter of 100 Women Who Care has a unique way of fundraising.
Four times a year, the Women Who Care meet to hear pitches from three charities seeking their help. Each charity is given a five-minute pitch asking for assistance.
The 100 Women then decide which one will receive the quarterly donation.
All the charities are random and their pitch must outline how they will use the money once it’s donated.
The organization was founded pre-covid, with the simple concept that each of the 100 women would give $100, making $10,000 total. This would then be given to the charity chosen each quarter.
However, with the advent of the pandemic, straining people financially, the rules changed slightly.
Sarah Aston, president 100 Women Who Care Dufferin County, said they presently have a minimum membership donation of $25 instead of $100, with no upper limit. Thus, those who can, may give more than $100.
Past recipients of these donations include, Hospice Dufferin, Orangeville Food Bank, and Dufferin Child and Family Services to name three.
The donation is also handled in an interesting manner. So that the Women Who Care have no responsibilities for the funds, when the winning charity is announced, the Women all drop their donation in a basket, which is then given to the charity who won. This assures the 100 Women have no accounting, or accountability for the donation.
In the past nine in-person and two virtual meetings, the Women have raised over $105,000 for their chosen charities.
For the charities of Dufferin County and the 100 Women Who Care, the organization and their donations are certainly a welcome way to carry on their work in the community.
The 100 Women are always looking for new members, to get involved or learn more about the group, email [email protected] or visit 100womenwhocaredufferin.ca