The local charitable group, 100+ Women Who Care Milledgeville, recently made their first donation since being formed last September to the animal advocacy group, Paws4Change Baldwin (P4C,) in the amount of $3,300.
“It’s exciting to be a part of this group of amazing women who want to help make an impact on our community,” said Teresa Dyer, co-founder of the group along with Stephanie Johnson. “Seeing the smiles on Pam Peacock’s (founder and president of P4C) face and learning what all of our funds donated would be able to do for Paws4Change was so wonderful.”
The national charity was started in 2006 in Michigan as way to raise money more efficiently and quickly for local nonprofits. Chapters have since formed across North America and have collectively donated more than a million dollars to hometown organizations.
The group meets on the first Monday of each quarter and chooses, by vote, one local charity to receive their donation. The meetings last one hour, four times a year, and have a social component to allow members to get to know one another. All donations must be used locally and cannot fund national organizations.
Each person wanting to join the group must commit to one full year of membership and donate $100 per quarter to the charity that is chosen by the group. Members can nominate a charity of their choice during the meetings and market that organization to the group if one of the three picked at random from a box. The member who nominated the charity must be willing to speak for five minutes publicly regarding the organization and the reasons it should be voted to receive the donation.
“We are thrilled and grateful to be the recipient of this award,” she said. “For our next eight spay and neuter clinics with S.A.F.E. (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) beginning in December,” said Peacock. “We will use these funds as sponsorships to further reduce each surgery price.”
Dyer said that the group takes into consideration the busy lives of modern women and families and that a collective donation of several thousand dollars given at once can make a large impact on small local nonprofits.
“We only ask for one hour, once a quarter. Our meetings may be short, but they are very impactful,” she noted. “We invite anyone who wants to join in on that positive community impact to join us.”
For more information on 100+Women Who Care-Milledgeville, visit the group’s Facebook page at @100womenMBC.