Wanted: 100+ People Who Care

It’s nice to write a $100 check to help an organization. It’s even nicer when you and 99 other people write $100 checks. Bundled together,it’s $10,000.

That’s the idea behind a national movement called “100+ Women Who Care.”

Every 3 months, there’s a 1-hour meeting. Each member brings a check for $100. Anyone can nominate local charities, non-profits or worthy causes. All names go in a hat.

Three names are drawn, randomly. The 3 members who nominated them make 5-minute presentations, “selling” their causes.

Everyone then votes on which cause to support. The winner gets all the checks — made out to their organizations, on the spot. Such a simple idea — and so powerful.

Tracy Yost

Tracy Yost helped found the local “100+ Women Who Care” chapter, 6 years ago. She’s proud of her fellow members, and their contributions. Recent honorees include ConnectUS, the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Mercy Learning Center, Circle of Care, and the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education.

But while the coronavirus has increased the need for help dramatically, it’s also impacted donors’ checkbooks. The most recent awardee — Fairfield County’s Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund — received only half the usual donations.

Yost is undaunted.

“If you can only give $50, that’s great,” she says. “The key is to give. For those who can, there’s never been a more meaningful time.”

She looks forward to the next meeting: Tuesday, July 21. It’s via Zoom, but there will be the usual optional “social hour” from 6 to 6:30. The business portion begins at 6:30.

Non-members can’t vote on the recipient. But they can — and should! — donate.

In fact, Yost hopes for some inter-generational attendees. “Maybe you’re a mom who can’t usually make meetings,” she says. “But you can now. Bring your own mother and daughter too. Join us. It’s easy and fun.”

There’s one more thing: You don’t have to be a woman to be a woman who cares.

The Fairfield County chapter is one of many nationwide. Some are called “100+ Men Who Care.” Others are “100+ Students Who Care”  … you get the idea.

Just think of it this way: “During COVID, 100+ Fairfield County People Who Care.”

(For more information, email womenwhocarein203@gmail.com. To register for the July 21 “100+ Women Who Care” meeting, click here.)

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