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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Highest Voting Virtual Meeting Focuses on Women Veterans

100 Women Who Care Albany made a quick pivot because of the COVID-19 delta variant and turned the planned in-person Autgust 2021 meeting into a virtual one. This meeting saw the highest voting participation of any meeting we have ever had!

The three outstanding nominees for August 2021 were:

  1. The Red Bookshelf nomiated by Bonnie Mariano (https://www.theredbookshelf.org/)
  2. Capital District Women Veterans Christopher House nominated by Madeline Cafiero (https://www.cdwv.org/cdwv-christopher-house.html)
  3. Troy Albany Hockey Association nomiated by Karen Roy (https://www.troyalbanyyouthhockey.com/)

Congratulations to our August recipient, Capital District Women Veterans Program, whose primary mission is to help resolve the problem of homelessness and poverty among women veterans. CDWV believes that through supportive services, housing, and community with other women veterans those who are most in need will be able to return to productive and independent lives.

We will look forward to presenting the checks from our members to this worthy charity!

100 Women Who Care Albany continues to be grateful that we are able to meet virtually. Our local non-profits are doing exceptional work in the communities of the Capital Region. We encourage everyone to continue supporting our local non-profits.

Our next meeting will be November 11, 2021. We hope that this meeting will be in person. We continue to welcome new members. We look forward to finally getting to see our new and current members in person. Learn more here.

August 2021 Meeting Postponed – Moving to Virtual

Due to the recent increase in Covid cases in our area, 100 Women Who Care Albany has decided to return to our virtual meeting format for our August 2021 meeting. We had planned on having our first in person meeting on Thursday August 12, but this has now been postponed to move to a virtual format.

We know this is short notice but we are putting members safety first after hearing of COVID-19 cases among some of our vaccinated members.

We were so looking forward to all being together again but your positive response to our ‘Virtual Meetings” assures us that our mission will continue.

Those members that have nominated an organization for consideration are being contacted to verify they still want to nominate the organization for our virtual format. From those members still wanting to participate, three will be randomly picked and they will record their presentation.

Our “Virtual Meeting” will be on August 26, 2021. Members, please watch your email for details on access to the virtual meeting.

$20,800 Donation Supports Inspiring and Preparing Young People to Succeed

On June 29, 2021, members of the 100 Women Who Care Albany chapter presented our collective checks totally $20,800 to the Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. This worthy charity inspires and prepares young people to succeed through volunteer-delivered mentorship in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness.

100 Women Who Care Albany has continued to grow through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our membership is providing much needed relief and help to organizations as they navigate through this hard time. We’re extremely grateful for our members continued commitment to make a difference for so many in the Capital District.

Please plan on joining us for our first in-person meeting on August 12, 2021. Learn more about our meetings and join this very efficient way to find worthy charities and make a difference!

Virtual Meeting Leads to Financial Literacy

In May 2021, 100 Women Who Care Albany held a successful virtual meeting. At this meeting we had three worthy charities that were nominated and presented via pre-recorded video. Our members viewed the videos and websites of the nominated charities and then voted on their choice for this quarter’s giving. The charities nominated where:

  1. Literacy Volumnteers of Rensselaer County – Teaching people to read, write and speak English, empoering students to be advocates for themselves, and educating the larger community about literacy issues.
  2. Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York – Provides volunteer-delivered mentorship in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness to inspire and prepare young people to succeed.
  3. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region – Provides a home away from home — free of charge — for families with children facing serious medical issues.

Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York was the chosen charity. They will be using the funds bridge the gap left by COVID-19 in their critical programs.

100 Women Who Care Albany is grateful that we have been able to meet virtually and continue to support local non-profits that are doing exceptional work in the communities of the Capital Region. We encourage everyone to continue supporting our local non-profits.

Our next meeting will be August 12, 2021. We hope that this meeting will be in person. We continue to welcome new members. We look forward to finally getting to see our new and current members in person. Learn more here.

Upholding Family Promise with Large Donation

On March 29, 2021, a small group of 100 Women Who Care Albany members presented our February recipient, Family Promise of the Capital Region, our collective donation of $20,400. The weather was showing signs of spring and we were able to be outside with masks to do a quick photo of the presentation of the checks.

100 Women Who Care members have outdone themselves with their continuing and growing commitment to those in need in the Capital District!

Our next meeting will continue virtually on May 13, 2021. We continue to welcome new members and are thankful for our committed and caring members who continue to support worthwhile charities throughout the Capital District through100 Women Who Care Albany. Learn more about our meetings and join this very efficient way to find worthy charities and make a difference.

Making Promises to Local Families

100 Women Who Care Albany continued with a virtual meeting for February 2021. At this meeting we had three worthy charities that were nominated and presented via pre-recorded video. Our members had four days to view the videos and websites of the nominated charity and then vote on their choice for this quarter’s giving. The charities nominated where:

  1. Capital District Women Veterans – Provide support services for local women veterans to transistion to civilian life.
  2. Family Promise of the Capital Region – Affirms the humanity and dignity of homeless families, and engages our community in helping them achieve sustainable independence.
  3. Literacy Volumnteers of Rensselaer County – Teaching people to read, write and speak English, empoering students to be advocates for themselves, and educating the larger community about literacy issues.

The winner is Family Promise of the Capital Region. They will be using the funds to support the Family Assistance Project which helps families that are temporaritly unable to help themselves. The need in this area has grown dramatically during the COVID pandemic and the organization is receiving a steady stream of new referrals and requests from existing families.

100 Women Who Care Albany is grateful that we have been able to meet virtually and continue to support local non-profits that are doing exceptional work in the communities of the Capital Region. We encourage everyone to continue supporting our local non-profits.

Our next meeting will be May 13, 2021 and will likely continue virtually. We welcomed a number of new members at our last meeting. We look forward to current and new members participating in our next meeting. Learn more here.

Record Donation for RISSE

At the November 2020 virtual meeting of 100 Women Who Care Albany, RISSE was selected as the latest quarterly recipient. On December 28, 2020, we delivered checks totalling $19,100 of our collective giving to this worthy organization. This is the largest collective giving for our group to date.

RISSE (Refugee and Immigration Services of Emmaus) focuses on equiping refugees and recent immigrants to build sustainable, independent lives by offering language and literacy instruction, as well as support with life skills and integration into U.S. culture and community. The Pine hills based organiztion will be using the donations to continue to support their programs given the challenges that COVID-19 has presented with increased expenses (due to social distancing) and reduced funding so our funding.

Thanks to all our 100 Women Who Care Albany members who continue to make our “online meetings” a huge success. What a wonderful ending to a not so wonderful year!

Interested in joining? New members are always welcome! COVID is not slowing us down as our virtual (oline) meetings have been a success. Learn about our next meeting and join us!

Virtual Meeting Gives Rise for Immigrants

100 Women Who Care Albany held our second virtual meeting in November 2020. With video presentations and online voting, we are committed to continuing our mission of making a positive impact to Capital District charities.

Our three nominations for November 2020 were:

Congratulations to our November 2020 recipient, RISSE. In this age of COVID-19, the organization is experiencing increased expenses (due to social distancing) and reduced funding so our funding comes at a particular important time.

With the pandemic continuing to rage, non-profits need our help more than ever, our virtual meeting shows the enduring power of 100+ women coming together for the greater good of the community. A Simple Concept. A Big Impact.

Even as a virtual event, we had new members join us. Our next meeting will be held February 11, 2021. We look forward to new and current members participating. Learn more here.

Albany Chapter Hits 1/4 Million Dollars Milestone!

On September 23, 2020, we delivered checks totally $17,200 to our latest recipient, Things of My Very Own. This worthy organization provides crises intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect who are at risk of a Child Protection Services intervention. They focus on making sure the children have what they need to feel supported and loved in their new home. They will be using the 100 Women Who Care funds to ensure that every child has a clean mattress to sleep on in their new homes. Since the above picture was taken, additional checks have arrived to a total of $18,200.

With this latest donation, 100 Women Who Care Albany has collectively donated over 1/4 of a million dollars to local charities. We are so thrilled to have reached this milestone! Congratulations to all of our members for making 100 Women Who Care Albany a success!

New members are always welcome! COVID is not slowing us down as we have gone virtual. Learn about our next meeting and join us!

Virtual Meeting Yields “Things of My Very Own”

For our August 2020 meeting, 100 Women Who Care Albany shifted our approach from a one hour in-person meeting to a fully virtual event which allowed us to continue our mission of coming together to make an impact donation to Capital District charities.

Our three nominations for August 2020 were:

  • 15-Love – They reach out in a loving, caring way to youth of the Capital Region, using tennis as the medium, especially focused on youth in the inner cities.
  • Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless – Their mission is to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.
  • Things of My Very Own – Focuses on providing crises intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse/neglect who are at risk of a Child Protection Services intervention.

The three women who nominated these worthy organizations video recorded themselves talking about the organization – just as they would have at our in-person meeting. They all did an excellent job with their videos which were made available to our members to view. The women were also participated in a live Q&A for any member that had questions about the organizaion. Each member then voted for their choice.

Congratulations to our August recipient, Things of My Very Own! Our funds will be used to supply new mattresses and bedding for the children to have a clean and safe place to sleep and recover in their new homes.

In this time of COVID-19, when non-profits need our help more than ever, our virtual meeting shows the enduring power of 100+ women coming together for the greater good of the community. A Simple Concept. A Big Impact.

Even as a virtual event, we had new members join us. Our next meeting will be held November 12, 2020. We look forward to new and current members participating.