Imagine the Power of 100 Women Who Care, who gather together for one hour four times per year and contribute $100 each to support a deserving nonprofit organization in Manistee County. That’s the concept two area women were sharing when we formed a unique, planned-giving, fundraising care group.
“The process is simple,” said Co-founder Judy Crockett. “In one hour, with 100 women involved, we can raise $10,000 for a local, deserving agency in Manistee County. Imagine the impact when we do that four times a year!”
Members nominate an agency when they arrive at the meeting. Three agency names are drawn at random. Three members pitch the agencies. Members vote for one agency. The votes are counted and the agency receiving the most votes, is awarded the funds raised that evening.
“It is a powerful concept,” said Jennie Marie Naffie, cofounder of the newly-formed Manistee County group. “I have been part of Women Who Care in Muskegon for nearly three years--since its inception. It is powerful--the first time I was there I cried because all I could think of was my mom Bette Naffie. She would have so loved this concept--it is organized, simple, and truly makes a difference. I challenge women in Manistee to show a powerful first meeting.”
“We have all been part of long, fund-raising events that are often costly, time-consuming, and a wear on volunteers,” said Crockett. “And when it is over, the results often are hardly worth the time and effort. This group will make a huge impact in one hour with little effort and no expense.”
The first meeting took place on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at The Bungalow Inn on US 31 South of Manistee. The meeting started promptly at 5:30 pm and ended at 6:30 pm, however women were encouraged to come a bit early to get settled, and invited to stay afterwards for continued networking and fellowship. Women came prepared to write a check for $100 to the selected agency.
“All women were invited to attend the first meeting to give it a try without having to make a commitment”, said Naffie. “Additional meetings were held in April July and October. I love Manistee and all the people there who care about the community. I am amazed by the positive changes but know the nonprofits need help. Here is an objective, fair and great way to make a difference.”
More information as well as a membership form is available online on Face Book https://www.facebook.com/pages/Womens-Network/199507366741631 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org