Women who Care chap­ter branches into Prince County

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY FEATURES - BY NANCY MACPHEE FUNDRAISER About the group

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 kather­inekelly@east­link.ca, or Marie at (902) 836-4969 or email maries­dunne@gmail.com. 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.

NANCY MACPHEE/TC MEDIA

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.

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