A dedicated group of women from the Quinte region are working together to reinforce support for local charities. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2021, this group of women believe that their fundraising strengths are needed now more than ever.
Founded in 2015, the 100+ Women Who Care Quinte have been dedicated to making an immediate, direct and positive impact on people living in the Quinte region and has donated more than $240,000 to 19 local charities and non-profit organizations.
“Although it has been a year since the group’s last meeting where they donated to the Hastings Prince Edward Learning Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund, the one thing that has not changed is the need for people to have connections,” said 100+ Women Who Care Quinte media contact Tawnya Smith.
Beginning May 5th, 100+ Women Who Care Quinte will be meeting virtually four times a year via Zoom and is inviting members to join as individuals or groups of four.
“Our community has never experienced anything like this before so if we can support each other, prop each other up and help each other out together, especially our most vulnerable, we will be moving forward in the right direction,” said co-founder of 100+ Women Who Care Quinte Connie Carson.
Members are encouraged to nominate Quinte area charity or non-profit organizations for a chance to receive a donation of over $10,000.
“Before COVID-19 there was a desperate need for support from our local community partners to keep fundamental programming and services. The pandemic has widened those funding gaps,” said leadership committee member Nicole Kleinsteuber. “We have seen what our collective team of committed and empowering women leaders can do in times of need. Right now, we want to put a call out for new nominations from members to specifically support organizations that are in need during this difficult time.”
Three organizations will be selected at random by draw and pitch why their charity/non-profit should be chosen, and members will then cast votes to determine the donation winner for that quatre. Each team or member will then donate $100 directly to the organization, resulting in a significant donation of over $10,000.
“Many members have reached out missing 100+ Women Who Care Quinte for not only the impact on our community but also the sense of community the group brings,” said the group’s co-founder. “I am so excited we are getting back together in May,” added leadership committee member Vicki Forgie. “It’s Zoom all the way baby! I am looking forward to helping a worthwhile organization that has struggled through the last year with COVID-19 and seeing our women back in full force.”
Charity and non-profit organization nominations are due by April 21st and the draw will take place later on April 28th prior to the final selection meeting on May 5th.
To learn more or to join the 100+ Women Who Care Quinte team visit 100womenquinte.com
Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer