100 Women Who Care Manistee County raised $20,000 in four short, simple and effective one hour meetings during 2014 - - the first year the care group was organized. Four local agencies were awarded funding: Manistee Community Kitchen; SNAG Spay/Neuter Program; Matthew 25:35 Food Pantry; and most recently, Project Read Northwest.
Women who attended the meetings submitted the names of agencies to be funded. Through a process that included a random drawing the three agency presentation at each of the four quarterly meetings, the agencies were selected.
Beyond the charitable giving aspect of the Manistee County care group, the women learned more about the important work - -much of it volunteer work - going on the region as the agencies made their pitches for funding.
"The work being accomplished by volunteers in Manistee County is incredible," said Judy Crockett, owner of Manistee, Michigan-based Interactive Marketing & Communication and co-founder of the local care group. "We were all impressed by every pitch we heard. Every agency was deserving of funding."
The first year of the care group was nothing short of successful. Membership forms for 2015 are available now at womensnetworkmanistee.com and the group looks forward to growing their membership to a full 100 or more members.