$18,000 Donation – Makes a Big Impact

On December 23, 2019, 100 Women Who Care Albany members delivered our largest donation, $18,000, to Troy Area United Ministries.

Our funds will help build an addition to store furniture they donate to those in need. Another wonderful organization doing such great work in the Capital District!


Come join us at our first meeting in 2020 on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

New members are always welcome! Learn more about membership here.

Furniture Program Awarded November Giving

On November 14, 2019, the room was packed with enthusiastic women who care about the Capital District and want to support and learn about the charitable work being done in our community.

Girls Inc. of Greater Capital Region Executive Director, Ashley Bouck, reported that our August 2019 donations ($17,600) helped complete the renovation of their facility -particularly the “in house store” which is operated by the girls providing them a great opportunity to learn many skills. A plaque with our name, 100 Women Who Care Albany, is being placed outside the entrance to the room.

Three great local charities were selected for nomination/presentation at this meeting:

  • Donna M. Crandall Foundation: They support families of Cystic Fibrosis patients admitted to Albany Medical Center, supplying numerous services to assist with many of the patient’s needs.
  • Focus Interfaith Food Pantry: For those in need, they supply balanced and nutritious food packages, fresh fruit, vegetables, and milk vouchers and help households by supplying information about additional community resources such as job training, housing, healthcare, food stamps, WIC and nutrition education.
  • Troy Area Ministries: In partnership with interfaith communities and others, TAUM provides safe and just space for those in need, offering meals, HIV/AIDS services, furniture, education, spiritual counseling and advocacy.

Congratulations to our November recipient, Troy Area United Ministries. They will use our funds to help build a much-needed facility to house donations for their “Furniture Program”. This program provides good, used furniture, free of charge, to families in need.

We welcomed nine new members at this meeting. We’d love to have you join us at our next meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Check in 5-5:30, meeting 5:30-6:30 in the Fellowship Hall, Delmar Reformed Church,386 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY. Learn more about our next meeting.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.