Spectrum News Live Interviews Jeri & Peg

Jeri Bosman and Peg Donovan were interviewed for a live segment on Spectrum News Capital District. Watch as they explain the simple concept behind 100 Women Who Care and how you can become a member of the Albany chapter and help deserving non-profits in the Capital District!

Interview recorded May 10, 2017

Celebrating $100K and Starting Year 3

On May 10, 2018 we celebrated both our second anniversary and reaching our first $100,000 in charitable donations in the Capital District. It was a festive and exciting meeting – not only because of past accomplishments but we also welcomed 12 new members. We also want to thank Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy for stopping in to show her support.

Mary Beth Fowler and Rachel Eveleth from The RED Bookshelf, last meeting’s recipient, brought one of their portable bookshelves along with the prototype of the new signs – including our logo. They shared how our funds are supplying several of these portable units along with the purchase of books for diverse populations.

The three local charities that were picked for nomination this meeting were:

  • Capital Roots – Nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh food and green spaces for all. Their vision for the future is of a Capital Region where every person has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.
  • Grassroot Givers –  They make the connection between the needs in our community and those who have resources to share. Our focus is to always give with dignity, to empower individuals and families who are trying to improve their lives.
  • 15-LOVE – To reach out in a loving, caring way to youth of the Capital Region, using tennis as the medium, especially those in the inner cities of Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Rensselaer.

Congratulations to Grassroot Givers who became the recipient of our May 2018 collective giving!

There are so many wonderful and deserving charities in the Capital District. At the meeting, a summary of how easy it is for you to nominate your favorite charity along with a one-page handout was presented. We also have updated the nomination section of our website. If any member has questions about nominating a charity, we’re happy to answer them!

At the end of our meeting, we all enjoyed mini-cupcakes and soft drinks to celebrate our major milestones. A big shout out and thank you to the volunteers that made this meeting extra special and to the many women that help make our meetings run so smoothly every quarter.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on August 9, 2018. All women are welcome to join us.

How Many Lives Will Be Changed with $15,100?

On March 5, 2018 a dozen women from 100 Women Who Care Albany met at The RED Bookshelf to present our collective giving checks totally $15,100.

The co-directors and founders, Rachel Eveleth and Mary Beth Fowler, along with their board members, welcomed us with a tour of the facility, explained the process of how the books are re-purposed and distributed to the many Red Bookshelves throughout the Albany area.

Today the organization has 16 bookshelves throughout Albany. Every month approximately 2400 books are given away. It takes an army of volunteers to make this happen: collecting, reconditioning and stocking the shelves takes time. Fifteen minutes is about what it takes to recondition one book and the organization depends on about 600 hours of volunteer time each month just for the reconditioning efforts.

Many of the books distributed are donated, but they also purchase new books to fill in the language and diversity gaps. Today they are distributing books in English as well as Spanish, Burmese, Karen Burmese, Vietnamese and Arabic. They are looking to add books in Pashto and Mandarin based on recommendations from the Albany Schools on needs they see. Over the years, 46,000 books have been donated. These books will help improve the statistic of only 1 book per 300 children in lower income areas.

The collective giving from 100 Women Who Care Albany will be used to fund two mobile bookshelves that are taken to community events. It is exciting to think about how many children will be positively impacted and maybe even their lives changed.

100 Women Who Care Albany is proud to support another outstanding organization!

100 Women Who Care Albany welcomes any women from the Capital District that would like to participate. Meetings last an hour and happen once per quarter. Click to learn more about joining. Join this group of giving women and become part of the power of 100 – make a positive difference in our community!

2018 Starts with a Big Leap Forward!

Our first meeting of 2018, held on February 8, started off with a big leap forward as we welcomed fourteen new members. What a great way to start the new year.

At the meeting, we started off with an update from November’s recipient, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless. Janine Robitaille, the Executive Director of Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, shared how our funds will be supplying a much needed medical exam room for their clients. We look forward to visiting after completion.

We enjoyed another wonderful half-hour hearing from three great local charities:

  • Capital Roots – Nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh food and green spaces for all. Their vision for the future is of a Capital Region where every person has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.
  • The Miracle League of the Capital Region – Offers athletic and social opportunities at no cost to special needs children, adults and their families.The League promotes physical, social and emotional development while providing an extended support group and knowledge base to participants and their families.
  • The RED Bookshelf – a literacy program dedicated to getting books into children’s homes. Through community efforts, their enthusiastic staff and teams of volunteers collect, prepare, and distribute books on RED Bookshelves located throughout Albany.

Congratulations to The RED Bookshelf who became the recipient of tonight’s collective giving!

Checks In by MARCH 1st please!
For members who weren’t able to attend tonight’s meeting, send your check made out to “The RED Bookshelf” to: 100 Women Who Care Albany, P.O. Box 472, Delmar, NY 12054.

Mark your calendar for our next meeting, May 10th, 2018. We will celebrate both our second anniversary and reaching 100WWCAlbany’s first $100,000 in charitable donations in the Capital District. And new members are always welcomed!

Highest Giving Yet Goes to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless

On December 14, 2017, representative members of 100 Women Who Care Albany presented $14,500 in checks to the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless. The checks represent the largest collective giving to date from the 100+ Capital District Women.

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Once a quarter the women nominate and award a local charity to provide funds to assist them with their continued mission. At the 100 Women Who Care meeting in November 2017, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless won the voting. The organization plans to use the funds to furnish a new medical exam room for their clients.

When the checks were presented, the women toured the current Interfaith Partnership’s facility and were again impressed with all the kindness and assistance giving to those less fortunate in the Capital District.

100 Women Who Care Albany welcomes any women from the Capital District that would like to participate. Meetings last an hour and happen once per quarter. Click to learn more about joining. Join this group of giving women and become part of the power of 100 – make a positive difference in our community!

News from Our November 2017 Meeting

On November 9, 2017, 100 Women Who Care Albany held our quarterly meeting. The room was again filled with generous women, including 10 new members!

During this meeting, Tracie Killiar from last quarter’s recipient, South End Children’s Cafe, gave a heartfelt presentation about how the organization provides a positive impact to children in Albany and how the use of our funds will help them purchase food for the many more meals they will be providing at their new facility.

The three organizations picked to present at this meeting were:
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless – Empowers individuals and families who are homeless or facing homelessness, giving them the tools to be self-sufficient.
Unity House – Provides a wide range of services to meet the otherwise unmet needs of people in our community who are hurting and struggling.
The RED Bookshelf – dedicated to getting books into children’s homes

Congratulations to Interfaith Partnership who became this recipient of this meeting’s collective giving!

Joseph’s House will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday November 20, 2017 for their new kitchen and dining area which was funded by our collective giving at our May 2017 meeting. Wonderful to see their vision coming to fruition!

We are always excited to welcome new members as they join the ranks of 100+ caring women making a big difference for Capital District charities. Don’t miss joining us in 2018 at our next meeting on February 8, 2018.

Schenectady Today Show Interviews Jeri Bosman & Eileen Howe Bird

Anne Parillo, The Schenectady Today Show Host, interviewed Jeri Bosman, Co-Founder, 100 Women Who Care Albany and Eileen Howe Bird, Member of 100 Women Who Care Albany and Executive Director of To Life! on October 31, 2017. Watch as Jeri explains the simple concept behind 100 Women Who Care and how you can become a member of the Albany chapter. Eileen provides a perspective as a member and also the perspective of how it feels to be a recipient of the collective giving.

South End Children’s Cafe Nets $13,500!

On September 13, 2017, 100 Women Who Care Albany presented checks totally $13,500 to the South End Children’s Cafe. This worthy organization serves free, healthy dinners along with providing after school programs for children grades K-6.

The funds raised by the 100 Women Who Care Albany organization will help feed more children in their new facility at 25 Warren Street in Albany. The new facility will be opening in October 2017. Tracie Killiar and her assistants, all volunteers, gave us a tour of the new facility, even before it opened. They shared what the facility provides for the children of the South End. You can read more about the new facility here.

So much “good” is happening in the Capital District. Amazing people doing amazing things.

The women of 100WWC continue to help organizations that make a difference in our community!

Three More Great Charities

At our meeting on August 10, 2017, 100 Women Who Care Albany members heard presentations from three new charities. We also heard from our last recipient, Joseph’s House and Shelter.

The three new charities that were picked to presented at this meeting inspired everyone in attendance:

Congratulations to the South End Children’s Cafe who became the recipient of this meeting’s collective giving!

Joseph’s House and Shelter provided a status on their kitchen upgrade project. They were pleased to share that plans have been finalized, all permits obtained and materials/appliances have been ordered. They are working to coordinate the many volunteers that will do the work to make the kitchen transition.


Watching 100 Women Who Care Albany grow and make a difference for Capital District charities continues to be a wonderful ride! There are new members at every meeting, always excitement in the room and most of all, women with giving hearts!

Record $13,800 Goes to Joseph’s House

On June 6, members were on hand to present Joseph’s House with a total of $13,800. Joseph’s House was the charity selected at the May 2017 meeting of 100 Women Who Care Albany. This was the largest donation to date and we learned that it should cover ALL the renovations they need for a new kitchen/dining room plan and appliances. Last year Joseph’s House experienced a 44% increase in their winter emergency shelter requests. On typical days during the year, they comfortably accommodate around 40 persons in their shelter. However, during this past winter cold season, that number doubled when they opened their doors to anyone needing a safe place to sleep, a hearty meal, a hot shower and dry clothes. Upgrading the kitchen will improve their capacity to serve meals to the increased demand. Redesigning their dining room will allow them to provide a more respectful space for all shelter guests.

Joseph’s House and Shelter provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 1000 men, women and children yearly. Their mission is to provide non-judgmental services to end homelessness. They also supply hundreds of meals a year to the homeless and those in need.

Pictures below of the presentation on June 6th and “before” pictures of the kitchen / dining area.

The women of 100WWC continue to make a difference in our community!