Albany Group Looks to Make Big Impact With Its Funding

Spectrum’s Channel 9 joined us on March 28, 2019, when we presented St. Anne’s Foundation with $17,000 of our collective giving.  The funds will provide “Birthday Celebrations” for the girls at St. Anne’s. For many of these adolescent girls, it will be the first time that their birthday is acknowledged. The celebration will include a cake, gift card and recognition of their day. In addition to the caring folks at St. Anne’s, these girls will know that there are 100+ Women who also care!

View the article, Albany Group Looks to Make Big Impact With Its Funding, and video aired by Spectrum’s Channel 9 here.

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Total Given Over $200,000 with Latest Gift to Girls Inc of Greater Capital District

On September 18, 2019, 100 Women Who Care Albany gathered to present checks totaling $17,200 to our August quarterly recipient, Girls Inc of the Greater Capital District.

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With this latest giving, we have collectively donated a total of $201,800 to Capital District charities since our first meeting in May 2016. View all of the non-profits that have been recipients of our collective giving here.

Our mission remains to make a powerful difference in our community with women meeting quarterly and in just under one hour, designating a worthy, local non-profit to receive funds.

Want to join in the big impact we are having in the Capital District? Our next meeting is Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY. Check-in is from 5-5:30 pm. Our meeting will start promptly at 5:30 and always ends by 6:30. We hope you will join us!

Sizzling Summer Meeting

On August 8, 2019 we held another great meeting with a room full of energy and eight new faces!

Corrine Paeglow, office administrator for Koinonia Primary Care, our last quarter’s charity, stated how grateful they were to receive funds totaling $17,800. They are purchasing blood machines, improving their handicap access and lobby, as well as using some funds for computer services.

The excellent charities nominated at this meeting were:

  • Community Hospice of the Capital District:  Their services are designed to help patients maximize control over their lives with comprehensive, compassionate services that respect the dignity of those they serve.
  • Vanderheyden: Their mission is to empower youth, adults and families to build brighter futures.
  • Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region: Girls Incorporated inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. They are committed to helping girls build skills and capabilities for a responsible, confident and self-sufficient adulthood.

Congratulations to our August recipient, Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Regionwho will be using the funds to help renovate their new location on lower Washington Ave. in Albany. An added plus, they share part of the facility with Senior Services, another non-profits in Albany.

Mark your calendar for our next meeting, November 14th, 2019. Check in 5-5:30, meeting 5:30-6:30 in the Fellowship Hall, Delmar Reformed Church,386 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY.  New members are welcome at every meeting!

May Meeting Fourth Year Kickoff!

What a great May 9, 2019 meeting to start off our 4th year!

StAnnesFoundationBirthdayJackie Brillings, a 100WWC member and board member for St. Anne’s Foundation shared how our donation of $17100 has already given five girls their own “Birthday Party”. She created a display with photos and also samples of the birthday cards they had printed with our 100 Women Who Care Albany logo. Our funds are bringing so much joy to these young women – many having their first birthday party!

Three wonderful organizations where nominated at our meeting:

  • SongwritingWith:Soldiers – They use songwriting as a catalyst for positive change. They offer veterans a unique way to tell their stories, rebuild trust, release pain, and forge new bonds
  • Empire State Youth Orchestra – ESYO “CHIME” provides young musicians from economically disadvantaged communities comprehensive support at both elementary and middle school levels.
  • Koinonia Primary Care, Inc – Koinonia is a NCQA certified Level 111 Patient Centered Medical Home that provides compassionate, thorough care coordination and management for all in need of health care, with a focus on low-income residents and the underserved in their community.

Congratulation to our May recipient, Koinonia Primary Care, Inc. Our funds will supply much needed blood testing equipment and improving handicap access to their office.

We are happy to welcome six new members! We look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on August 8, 2019.

Meeting LOVE

What a great turn out we had for our meeting on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019, where we really did share the LOVE!

We had a number of new members join us and three worthy charities that presented:

  • Northeast Avian Rescue – Their mission is to help the thousands of parrots and other exotic pet birds that suffer from abuse and neglect.
  • FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry – Provides a small balanced package of food to individuals and families up to twice a month help bridge the gap and end hunger.
  • St. Anne’s Foundation – Their goal is to help children and families develop confidence and the skills they need to overcome crisis in their lives through a comprehensive range of independent but interrelated services including a residential and non-residential treatment for adolescent females.

Congratulations to St. Anne’s Foundation, the recipient of our collective giving! Our funds are targeted to supply a “Birthday Celebration” for each adolescent girl. These girls have never experienced the joy of their own special day. Now, in addition to the caring folks at St. Anne’s, these girls will know that there are 100+ Women Who Also Care! The birthday celebration will include a cake, gift card and recognition of their day.

At this meeting, we also heard from Amy Klein, chief executive office of Capital Roots, our November recipient. She discussed how our donation is targeted to fund stipends for youth using sustainable agriculture as a tool to develop critical job and life skills.

Mark your calendars to join us at our next meeting on May 9, 2019.

Capital Roots Harvests Highest Giving To Date

During our November 2018 meeting, three commendable Capital District charities were nominated: Capital Roots, Samaritan Counseling Center, and Girls on the Run Capital District.

Capital Roots was our November recipient of our collective giving. A record $17,200 has been collected and was presented to Capital Roots during a visit and in-depth tour at their impressive Troy location on December 18, 2018.

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The funds will go directly to the Produce Project with stipends for youth using sustainable agriculture as a tool to develop critical job and life skills. The student trainees joined us at the meeting (only a few agreed to be included in the above photo.)

Hot Days, Hot Charities

In the midst of our summer hot days, our meeting on August 8, 2018 provided us with three hot (as in awesome) charities to learn about and we also welcomed new members and guests.

We had the pleasure of hearing from Mary Partridge-Brown and Roberta Sandler, co-directors of Grassroot Givers, our May recipient. They shared with us how much our funds are helping them as they transition to reestablishing a new location.

These three charities were highlighted:

  • Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar – Inspiring and empowering promising, underserved students to succeed in high school, college and life.
  • Girls on the Run – Dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
  •  Unity House With passion and integrity, Unity House embraces the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights. They work together to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need.

Congratulations to Unity House, the August recipient of our collective giving! Our funds will be targeted to assist the needs of client’s whose newborn and infants have little access to necessary items such as furniture, clothing, diapers, formula, etc.

100 Women Who Care Albany continues to grow and make a difference for Capital District charities.  Each member’s $100 contribution makes a huge impact on so many lives and speaks volumes about the value of this group to our community. We hope you will join us in making a difference in the Capital District.

Mark your calendar for our next meeting, November 8th, 2018.

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!