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100+ Women Who Care Chittenden County collectively donate $17,000+ to 3 local nonprofits at their 9th Quarter meeting

Aug 18 2022, 2:50 PM

Burlington, Vermont, July 27, 2022, 100 Women Who Care, Chittenden County is a Charitable giving circle. With more than 170 members to date, have collectively donated more than $115,000 in their first 9 quarters, to 18 local nonprofits serving Chittenden County and beyond.

Our 3rd year began with an in person quarterly meeting that offered a Zoom option. Before hearing from this quarter’s representatives, we heard from last quarter's Primary recipient, US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants (USCRI). Amila Merdzanovic shared with us how some of our combined $11,000+ donation was used to meet the needs of those they service in Chittenden county and beyond. They have assisted 70 Afghan’s resettle in Vermont and they are diligently trying to meet their needs, with an emphasis on getting to know the women and what is most important to them and their families. They have made available ESL classes and even, with our help they are able to offer Driver’s Education classes to the Women. One woman from Afghanistan noted to Amila that if she was not in Vermont and receiving services from USCRI, she would never have been given the opportunity to drive. Bravo, USCRI and our members for making this possible.

We were able to share with our members the wonderful news that we were chosen to apply for a matching (50%) grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Richard M Schulze is the founder of Best Buy and the Foundation has partnered with the Power of 100 Women Who Care. The foundation will consider a matching grant of 50% of the total we raise each quarter with a $5,000 limit. Since we are giving well over $10,000 per quarter, the additional gift would be $5000 to each Primary recipient who qualifies. We were able to fill out the application, submit USCRI as our 8th quarter primary recipient and USCRI also filled out the necessary paperwork. We learned that the RMSFF will be sending USCRI an additional $5,000 gift in September. This brings the total USCRI will receive to more than $16,000 as a result of 100WWC-Chittenden County and our membership.

We will also be applying for the matching grant this quarter and hope that after they consider the application by 100WWC-Chittenden County and the Boys & Girls Club-Early Promise Program, that the B&GC will be awarded the $5,000 (50%) matching gift, since they too should meet the criteria. We appreciate the opportunity Richard M. Schulze family Foundation has afforded us to have our combined donations taken to the next level.

To join 100+WWC, members pledge to donate $100 (or teams $50 each) four times a year. Each member is encouraged to nominate a local nonprofit quarterly, who they would like to see in the random draw to come speak to the members and possibly be voted the primary recipient of the quarter.

The next scheduled meeting is October 26, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. We welcome guests to join our meetings! Our goal is to reach 200 members in 2022. Feel free to email us with inquiries at [email protected]. To learn more about us or to join, visit our website.
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