100+ Women Who Care Effingham County held their 3rd and final meeting for 2016 on Thursday, October 13th.
100+ Women Who Care Effingham County is an organization of philanthropic women whose mission is to give back to Effingham County. Each year, the women who join 100+ Women Who Care donate $400. This money is then split into 4 $100 increments, the first of which supports the 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County Endowment; while the other $100 increments are used for three meetings held throughout the year. At these meetings, three non-profit organizations are drawn and representatives will, then, present what their non-profit organization is for. Members of 100+ Women Who Care will afterwards vote for the non-profit organization to donate the grant to.
The meeting held on Thursday was the final meeting for 2016. The 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County held their two previous meetings on April 14th and July 14th. We spoke to 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County Chairman, Melissa Willenborg, about the previous meetings held and the non-profit organizations that received the grants from 100+ Women Who Care.
The three non-profit organizations that were drawn for the chance to receive $13,300 was the Effingham County Courthouse Museum, the FISH Christmas Store, and S.T.A.R. Lana Henderson presented on behalf of the Effingham Courthouse Museum and the growing total of 40,000 hours of volunteer work put into renovating and running the Museum. Molly Bushue spoke in regards to the FISH Christmas Store, who helped give 533 needy families Christmas presents last year in Effingham County. Katrina Smith was the representative for S.T.A.R, which is a program that gives those with criminal behavior a chance to rehabilitate. We spoke to Katrina Smith on what the S.T.A.R. program is.
Additionally, S.T.A.R. provides those enrolled in the program help with the various needs they may have. The grant money will help with those various needs, as well as the incentive programs, scholarships, and the medical and dental health that is offered to those in S.T.A.R. The 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County were able to hear from a representative from Harmony Playground. With the help of the grant from 100+ Women Who Care, Harmony Playground is half way to their monetary goal for the construction of the park and pavilion.
For additional information on the 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County, including how to join, contact Chairman Melissa Willenborg at 217-343-8436 or email 100WWC@gmail.com.