100 Women Who Care meets this Monday

By Susan Page

100 Women Who Care will hold its next meeting on January 13 at the Rosewood Hotel. This remarkable, relatively new organization has already raised more than 100,000 pesos for San Miguel nonprofit organizations that serve poor communities around San Miguel. We have helped to provide scholarships for high school students, free day care for the children of working mothers, purified water for rural communities previously drinking contaminated water, and support for our local orphanage. And we are just getting started!

100 Women Who Care
Mon, Jan 13, 3:30-6pm
3:30 Mix and mingle
4:30 Sign in
5 Meeting begins
Rosewood Hotel
Nemesio Diez 11
All women are welcome.
You may visit, or join at this meeting.

Does our work require a large Board of Directors, an expensive staff, costly administrative expenses? None of that! Raising this money could not be simpler. Here is how it works: We meet four times a year for one hour each time. At each meeting, several nonprofit organizations are nominated. Three are drawn out of a hat. We hear a short presentation on each of the three, and then we vote. Each woman (or team of women) has pledged to donate 1,000 pesos to the winning organization. When we achieve our goal of 100 women, we will raise 100,000 pesos for one of San Miguel’s hard-working nonprofits, offering this to a different nonprofit four times each year.

To join this heartwarming group of women, all you have to do is show up at a meeting, sign a pledge agreement, and then attend every meeting if you are in town. If you cannot attend a meeting, you must leave your donation before the meeting at any La Conexion location addressed to Susan Page, Box 549.

You may join as an individual, pledging 1,000 pesos four times a year. Or, you may join as a team of two people who together pledge this amount. When it comes to voting for the winning nonprofit each time, there is one vote per 1,000-peso donation, so each team must first agree and then cast only one vote.

Casa Hogar was selected in October. At its meeting in October, 100 Women Who Care awarded their pooled donations to Casa Hogar Santa Julia Don Bosco.

Immediately after the announcement that the orphanage had been selected, Casa Hogar Operations Manager Barbara Rueda said, “It means so much that we will be able to feed our girls for four months.” The Dominican Sisters of Mary, who run this home for girls who are orphaned or cannot live at home, are not government funded and rely on donors and volunteers to provide both long- and short-term help, including schooling from kindergarten to university.

Other award recipients have been Mujeres en Cambio, Casa de Los Ángeles, and CATIS.

Any member may nominate a charity to be placed in the hat for possible selection to receive funding. Nomination forms, plus full information about the organization, are available online at www.100womenwhocaresma.com.

We invite all women who care to attend the meeting on January 13 at the Rosewood Hotel. We are grateful to the Rosewood for their admirable community spirit in donating the space for our meeting. You are invited to arrive at 3:30pm for no-host cocktails and a chance to mix and mingle. Joining (for new members) and signing in with your donation begins at 4:30. The meeting will begin promptly at 5pm and will end by 6pm.


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