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.
Read this uplifting letter published by the Times Union on September 25, 2017: http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Letter-Philanthropic-group-boosts-charity-work-12227436.php
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!
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:
- South End Children’s Cafe – Serving free, healthy dinners along with an after school programs for children grade K-6
- Family Promise of the Capital District – Helping homeless children and their families in securing affordable housing and lasting independence
- The RED Bookshelf – Dedicated to getting books into children’s homes to foster their lifelong love of reading
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!
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!
On May 10, 2017 at our fifth meeting, and the start of our second year, we had a wonderful hour of learning about important local Capital District charities and hearing from our last chosen charity.
Members representing these three charities gave excellent presentations at this meeting:
- Vanderhyden provides a safe haven for youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, those facing a range of developmental and emotional challenges, and families caring for children with special needs.
- Grassroots Givers makes the connection between the needs in our community and those who have resources to share. Their focus is to always give with dignity, to empower individuals and families who are trying to improve their lives.
- 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.
Congratulations to the recipient of our collective giving, Joseph’s House and Shelter. Our funds will help update kitchen appliances that are 30+ years old. They supply hundreds of meals a year to the homeless and those in need.
Eileen Bird, the director of To Life! and our last quarter’s recipient, gave us an update on the use of our donation. They are continuing to look for a building to rent in Schenectady to expand their services. In the meantime, they are partnering with other organizations in Schenectady to get the word out about their services.
We had a full room of enthusiastic existing and new members at this meeting. Thank you to all our members for your giving spirit! #powerof100
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
At our February 16 meeting, the members of 100 Women Who Care Albany choose ToLife! as the giving charity for the quarter. On March 22, a contingent of our members presented $13,000, a total of our collective giving, to this worthy charity. On hand for the presentation were directors, board members, staff and volunteers that are dedicated to educating and supporting breast cancer patients and their families.
100 WWC members toured their facility and gained more insight into the work they are doing for women (and men) with breast cancer in the Capital District. We saw the wig boutique where one-on-one women are helped with care and humor as they pick out a wig, hat and/or scarf. Another boutique assists women with mastectomy bras & breast prostheses. There are also reading rooms and facilities for support groups at their location in Delmar. ToLife! also has boutiques and similar services in Saratoga.
The organization has been wanting to open a boutique in Schenectady and they are thrilled that with our collective giving is the final piece of the funding they needed to put the plans in motion. Not only will they be able to serve Schenectady women near their homes, they will also use some of the donations to ensure that women with no insurance will also be served.
So thankful for this wonderful organization in our community and also the giving spirits of 100WWCAlbany for helping them carry out their mission! #powerof100
Despite being delayed one week due to a snowstorm, at our fourth meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017 we welcomed 11 new members into a room filled with energy and learning about three new wonderful charities.
The three new charities presented were:
- Underground Railroad Project of the Capital Region researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements.
- Night Out for You creating an experience for an adult undergoing cancer treatment to allow them to remember who they are by forgetting their diagnosis for a few hours.
- ToLife! provides community education about breast cancer detection and treatments, and support services to breast cancer patients and their families.
Congratulations to our February recipient, ToLife!.
Last quarter’s winner Mary Judd and one of the veterans, Ron, shared how SongwritingWith:Soldiers has changed the lives of many veterans. It was a very moving presentation. They also shared how they will be using our contributions for the next retreat in Rensselaerville in September. More details on the retreat will be provided as it gets closer.
Thank you to all our members for your giving spirit! #powerof100
Unfortunately we have postponed our 100 Women Who Care Albany meeting for February 9, 2017 due to the snow storm that is predicted to last into the late afternoon. It has been rescheduled for next Thursday February 16th at the Delmar Reformed Church Fellowship Hall, 386 Delaware Ave, Delmar. Check in is 5 pm, meeting 5:30-6:30.
If you would like to nominate a charity please submit it by Monday, Februray 13. The nominations that were confirmed for the February 9th meeting will be in the drawing next Thursday unless we hear otherwise.
See you all next week and Happy Winter!