100+ Women Who Care of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky kicked off with its inaugural meeting on October 21. In just 50 short minutes we raised 20% of the annual budget for a local grass-roots organization known as Mom's Hope (LINK to website) - an extraordinary group with intent on supporting and mentoring single working mom's who want to better their own lives and the change the course of their children's. Funds will go to cover unexpected expenses outside of very tight budgets such as high heating bills, car repairs, medical bills, etc.
The power of a group of women coming together to address a concern and cause like this is unmatchable! We look forward to future meetings and the impact 100 Women will make within the community!
Building Blocks for Kids
In March of this year, the 100+ Women Who Care of Greater Cincinnati chapter awarded our third gift to Building Blocks for Kids -- a small organization located in Mason, OH that provides assistance for children with healthcare needs that are unmet by insurance . Some of the children have received wheelchairs, physical/occupational/speech therapy visits still needed but outside of the insurance limit. Funding can also be used for in home items such as new carpet for a young child who may have allergies to current carpet, or installation of wheel chair ramps. For anyone who has had the misfortune of trying to get something approved by an unyielding insurance company, this can be a godsend!
We would like to thank all of our members in the community who continue to support local organizations through chapter donations! For more information on BB4K, please visit, http://bb4k.org/.
Save the Animals Foundation
Save The Animals Foundation is a no-kill animal shelter home to more than 600 dogs and cats, run entirely by volunteers year round. SAF has been in existence for over 25 years and all funding comes from donations and fund raisers - zero funding goes to pay salaries. It all goes to care for the animals, covering food and housing!
All animals receive veterinary care, socialization, grooming, training, and are vaccinated, spayed or neutered. This quarters donation could not have come at a better time! We're pleased to know that our gift afforded a sweet three legged dog hip replacement surgery - a procedure that was very much needed!
If anyone is interested in learning more or donating directly to Save the Animals Foundation, please visit, http://staf.org/.
Josh Cares was the lucky charity to receive 100+ Women Who Care of Greater Cincinnati's second gift of 2015! The mission of Josh Cares (Link to site: www.joshcares.org) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is to provide comfort, support and companionship to seriously ill children enduring lengthy hospitalizations without a family member who is able to be with them.
Professionally trained Josh Cares Child Life Specialists serve as surrogates for, and links to, the families who would be by their children's sides if they could. This allows family members to continue working while all they want is to be at the hospital to make certain that their seriously ill child is cared about, supported and loved while in the hospital receiving treatment for their illness.
A BIG Thank You to all who attended our meeting this December and to those who while couldn't be present still contributed! We look forward to seeing all of you (and meeting new faces) in 2016! Happy New Year!
Childhood Food Solutions
In June 2016, 100 Women Who Care selected and awarded our quarterly donation to Childhood Food Solutions. This Cincinnati organization aims to provide free lunch to low income families across 22,000 public school students during the 187 days which students are not attending classes (think Summer time and weekends).
Combatting Childhood Food Insecurity, Childhood Food Solutions build light weight 'food sacks' with gmumy food sustenance, sending home directly with children at the end of school days/end of school year.
To learn more about Childhood Food Solutions including how you can donate, please visit, http://childhoodfoodsolutions.org/.
Our giving circle started kicked off the Holiday Season by choosing InRETURN for our December charity.
InRETURN is a non-profit located in Blue Ash that started serving individuals with neurologic impairment in 2005. The founder's brother had a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car accident, making it challenging continuing his education and employment. He is now gainfully employed and has a sense of independence and self worth. The organization provides employment and life skills classes to promote community involvement, financial independence, recreation and independent living. They currently serve 23 individuals and partner with 15 schools who provide student volunteers to assist clients with community integration and life skills training. Companies like Honda, Bath and Body Works, Sysco Foods and Kroger benefit from the work performed. Our money will go to provide operating support.
For more information on InRETURN please visit their website http://inreturn.org/.