Women who Care chapter branches into Prince County
Wanted: 100 women who care in Prince County.
Katherine Kelly and Marie Salamoun-Dunne are launching a Prince County chapter of the philanthropic women’s group in Summerside, with the first meeting Sept. 10.
For the past year, the women, both of whom have worked together with various charitable organizations and fundraisers, have been travelling to Charlottetown where a chapter was recently established.
“I went to a couple of meetings and I thought it was just great, but I thought how nice it would be to have a group in Summerside,” said Kelly. “I sent out a notice in the spring to Marie and a couple of other friends to say, ‘ would you be interested in joining the Charlottetown group, to check it out, and maybe we could get a Summerside group going’.”
Each woman who joins is committed to donating $100 four times a year, with a different non-for-profit organization supported each quarter.
What is unique about 100 Women Who Care, said Kelly, is how it operates and the minimal time commitment its members have to make.
“We’ve moved into another whole era where we are busy people, but we still want to give,” said Kelly. “We don’t get together as often as we like to and this is a great opportunity to just see old friends, make new ones and still do something really, really worthwhile.”
Most of the legwork is done via email. A month prior to each meeting, members are asked to suggest a worthy non-profit
New chapter is 100 Women Who Care, Prince County, P.E.I.
Charlottetown chapter is 100 Women Who Care of Prince Edward Island — www.100womenpei.com.
Meetings are four times a year, with a commitment of $100 donation each quarter
First Prince County meeting: Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m., at The Oval
To join, contact Katherine at (902) 436-8278 or email@example.com, or Marie at (902) 836-4969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. group to support. Charities are verified by an accountant, and the names of three groups and invited to the next meeting of 100 Women Who Care to make a presentation.
“The stipulation about the charities is they have to have had charitable status for over a year, they can be a member of a national group, but the money that is given by 100 Women Who Care has to be spent in P.E.I.,” said Salamoun-Dunne.
Each non-profit has five minutes to make its pitch and the 100 Women Who Care vote immediately on which group receives the money. The donation is handed out that night.
“I’ve had a few tears at all of them because they have been such heartfelt presentations and you wish you could support all of them,” said Kelly.
Each meeting, from start to finish, lasts, at most, an hour, said Kelly. Usually there is a halfhour social time prior to the start of the meeting at 5:30 p.m.
“We are not asking people to wait for a phone call from one of us. If you think it is a great idea, pleased get in touch,” said Salamoun-Dunne.
Katherine Kelly and Marie Salamoun Dunne are looking for women to join the new 100 Women Who Care, Prince County, P.E.I., chapter. The first meeting of the charitable group takes place Sept. 10 at The Oval in Summerside.