AMHERST – One Hundred Women Who Care about Cumberland County will soon begin a journey of giving.
On Tuesday, June 2, the organizers of 100 Women Who Care Cumberland will be holding their first meeting and at the end of the evening will collectively make their first $10,000 donation to a local charity.
The organizing committee met Tuesday and charity nominations were put into a random draw. From here, three organizations were selected and have been invited to present their need for funding.
The Charities selected to pitch for the $10,000 collective donation were: the Amherst Food Assistance Network, Ca-r-ma: Cat Rescue and Maggie’s Place - A Resource Centre for Families.
Though the meeting date has been set for June 2, the organization is still in the recruitment stage to reach their target of 100 + Women Who Care.
They are reaching out through Facebook community posters, emails and word of mouth.
The principal rules for participating are simple. All women who register to be part of the group commit to a $100 donation four times a year. Prior to and at each quarterly meeting, all members have the opportunity to nominate a local charity. All the nominations are then put into a random draw.
From here, three organizations are selected and invited to present their need for funding. Members then vote for one of the presenters. The vote is counted and organized and the most votes wins. An envelope is then passed among the members who write or add their cash and the money goes out the door that night with the winning group. The non-profit issues the tax receipts to the individual members.
The organization also makes room for members who cannot afford the annual $400 tax-deductible commitment or would rather participate with a team. Chapter bylaws create opportunity for teams of up to four to share a single vote and split the $100 donation at each quarterly meeting.
The group is open to women of all ages.
For more information or to register, visit the group’s Facebook page at 100 Women Who Care Cumberland or its website, www.100womencumberland.com .