100 Women Who Care Flamborough-Waterdown celebrate 5 years of giving

More than $120K has been donated to local charities such as Migrants Matter, this spring’s recipient

That’s the premise behind the 100 Women Who Care (100WWC) model, which essentially is a giving circle that brings together like-minded community members who gather four times a year to pony up $100 each and vote on a charity to receive their cumulative donation. The meetings are limited to an hour to accommodate busy schedules.

The model spoke to local resident Doris Valade who, back in 2019 was newly retired after selling her business and was looking for a way to give back to the community. She read about the Toronto 100WWC chapter, which had recently formed to purchase a crib for a family in need, and she started searching for a group to join closer to home. When she found there wasn’t one, she decided to start a Flamborough-Waterdown chapter.

Strength in numbers

“But I didn’t want to do it alone,” she told about 40 women gathered at the Waterdown Legion Wednesday.  She reached out to Lena Aggus, Heather Kane and Meghan Hughes and, as they say, the rest is history.

Valade said 32 women attended the first meeting, which was held at Rotary Garden Court. Today, the group boasts 78 members, many of whom attend the quarterly meetings, which are now held at the Waterdown Legion.

“Some don’t make it out to the meetings because they are too busy, but they still submit their donations,” explained Valade.

To date, that cumulative effort has raised over $123,000 for charities. The organizations don’t need to be physically located in Flamborough, but they do need to serve the local community. Among those that have been selected over the years are Habitat for Humanity, Cama Woodlands, Victoria’s Quilts, Food4Kids Hamilton, Healthy Youth Network and Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre, to name a few.

Flamborough Connects was selected during January’s meeting and the cheque was presented Wednesday to executive director Colleen Stinson and FC chair Shantal Woolsey. The $6,600 boost will enable the non-profit organization to subsidize  its Flamborough Drives program so the cost to those who use the service will pay just $10 per trip.

“This speaks to equity and inclusion of our rural clients,” said Stinson.

The presenting charities at this week’s meeting were Migrants Matter and The Darling Home for Kids. Migrants Matter was selected, and will use the funds to cover the cost of health and wellness kits for the 300  migrant workers employed throughout the growing season on local farms.

“They often go to work in pain or ill, because they can’t afford days off,” explained Terry Hubbard, who presented on behalf of the charity. “The kits will include pain relief, compresses, sunscreen (and other items).”

Making an impact

Valade invited members to the mic to share personal stories of how 100WWC has affected them. Following the formal part of the meeting, the attendees assembled for a group photo to mark the milestone, and many people enjoyed refreshments and catching up with friends.

“For me, it’s about learning about charities in our own backyard,” said Woolsey, who is also an active 100WWC member. “It’s amazing what we have here.”

“It’s a wonderful way to support local community charities,” said Aggus, who was on hand for the celebration. “You really feel like you’re making a difference. And our community is really supportive.”

The next meeting of 100WWC Flamborough-Waterdown takes place June 19 at the Waterdown Legion. Visit their website to find out more about the group.

To read the full article from Flamborough Today, click here – 100 Women Who Care Flamborough-Waterdown celebrate 5 years of giving – FlamboroughToday.com

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