From what started as an idea to get cribs to needy mothers has grown into a Hamilton County group of women who have now raised more than $40,000 for those in need.
Women Who Care of Hamilton County was founded in January of 2017 by Hamilton County residents Carolyn Deines, Dana Randall and Mary Beth Woehrle. It is one of about 900 chapters either fully operational (650) or under development (more than 250) and they include women, men, kids and teens chapters that raise funds for community organizations.
“It’s really been exciting to see individual $100 contributions multiplied to have an even greater impact in the community and a chance to learn about all the great things that are happening within Hamilton County,” Randall said.
100+ Women Who Care in Hamilton County ("Women Who Care") members selected the Fishers Youth Assistance Program as the chosen charity from August, which means they will be awarded approximately $9,400. This brings total donations since the inaugural August 2017 meeting to $40,650. The final meeting of the year is Wednesday at the Delaware Township Community Center in Fishers. The check will be presented at the meeting which begins at 7 p.m.
The Women Who Care concept began from the international organization 100 Who Care Alliance in 2006 when founder Karen Dunigan from Jackson, Mich., asked for help by trying to get cribs to needy mothers. She invited 100 women to a meeting and asked if they each could donate $100. Within the hour, they raised more than the $10,000 goal. The first 100 Women Who Care chapter was born.
During the quarterly meetings, members hear three presentations on local 501(c)3 designated non-profits in need, vote, and subsequently donate $100 which goes directly to the chosen non-profit. To add greater momentum, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has matched Women Who Care donations since May to increase our donations. The entire 100 percent of the funds go directly to the chosen non-profit.
Locally, Women Who Care hopes to grow to more than 100 women and make an even greater impact with non-profits throughout Hamilton County.
The goal is to get the word out to all women in Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Cicero, Noblesville, Arcadia and Sheridan to join in.
“To date, we have 90 women who have given; over 50 of them who are active members,” Randall said. “We would love for more women to join us and keep increasing our reach. There are no limits."