Tahnoney Anderson and Jenn Blank, co-organizers of the group Iron County 100+ Women Who Care, look over registration forms, which have already started coming in.
IRON COUNTY—Contributing to our neighbors in a time of need is nothing new to those living in a small, close-knit community, and that is precisely what a newly-formed local organization aims to do.
The Iron County 100+ Women Who Care intends to contribute to area non-profit organizations, by acting as a vessel through which individual donations can be combined, greatly impacting many local charities.
The idea for the 100+ Women Who Care was formed in 2006 by Karen Dunigan, in Jackson, Michigan, who hoped to streamline fundraising efforts in her area. The concept has since taken off in many communities throughout the United States and Canada.
Iron County residents Jenn Blank and Tahoney Anderson were so encouraged by a recent meeting of the Dickinson County 100+ Women Who Care that they eagerly took on the task of creating the Iron County chapter.
The goal of the Iron County 100+ Women Who Care is to gather area women who have the desire to significantly impact various local charities and non-profit groups, which devote their time and energy to make the community a better place.
The women will jointly select a cause to donate to and, together watch their commitment turn into a $10,000 donation.
The group plans to meet four times per year, during which time each member will pledge to contribute $100. Teams of up to four women may also register, with each team contributing $100 total. Members will then have the opportunity to nominate a local charity. Three of the nominations will be randomly selected, and the members who submitted them will give a short presentation on why they feel their cause is deserving of the funds.
A vote will be taken and all members will then write out a check to the winning organization. After each meeting, members will receive a wrap-up letter, with details, including the number of members involved, the donation amount and information on the group the donation was given to. The letter will also serve as a tax receipt.
The popularity of the 100+ Women was evident at the last meeting of the Dickinson County group, when almost $16,000 was contributed to the First Presbyterian Church Kitchen.
Already, Blank and Anderson have seen an interest from the women of Iron County, with several members and teams pre-registered and a considerable number of volunteers ready and willing to assist them.
“The feeling of being part of giving such a large contribution to a worthy cause is overwhelming,” said Blank, who, along with Anderson, plans to continue to be a part of the Dickinson County group, as well as the local organization.
The program is perfect for those who have the desire to improve their community but have limited time. The co-organizers stressed that 100 percent of the contributed money will go the charity.
The Iron County kick-off event will take place on Wednesday, May 22 at the George Young Recreational Complex, with registration beginning at 5 pm and the meeting at 6 pm. Although pre-registration is preferred, it is not necessary. Blank and Anderson encourage those who may be interested to join them at the first meeting, if only for informational purposes.
“Guests are welcome to come and find out what it’s all about.” Anderson said, noting that the meetings are a great place to socialize with women you may not otherwise get to know. The two hope others will be as inspired as they were after attending their first meeting.
Many door prizes will also be given away at the initial meeting and a dinner option will be available at all meetings for a nominal fee.
The remainder of the 2013 meetings will be held on Aug. 21 and Nov. 21 at the George Young Recreational Complex.
For more information or to register for membership, you can contact Blank or Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (906) 284-2309.