100 Women Who Care Gives Grant to Centro Infantil
By Lee Bellavance
Once again, San Miguel’s 100 Women Who Care came together for their quarterly meeting on October 20 at the Rosewood Hotel—and an hour later a local charity left with tens of thousands of pesos to help fund their charitable endeavors.
Between the beginning of the social hour at 4pm and the start of the business meeting at 5pm, volunteers collected 1,000 pesos from each team or individual who has pledged to donate quarterly. Members also nominate local charitable organizations they believe are worthy to receive the quarterly grant.
The exciting part comes when the names of all the nominated charities are put in a hat—and three finalists are chosen by the luck of the draw. On the spot, a representative from each of the three organizations gives a five-minute presentation to explain what they will do with the funds if they are selected. Then the 100 Women Who Care members vote for the recipient.
In this round of funding, the La Calaca Festival, the SPA, and the Centro Infantil were drawn from the hat and made presentations. In the end, it was the Centro Infantil that won the hearts, minds, and votes of the group. The other two organizations will remain in the hat for the drawings at future meetings.
Centro Infantil has been providing a pre-school Head Start-type program for 60 children, aged three to five in the Providencia neighborhood (near Independencia) for ten years. At this point, they have sent almost 250 children to school, primed for success. Barbara Espinosa, a volunteer at the Centro, explained that the school staff employs Montessori teaching methods, and the money received will be used to buy supplies and equipment.
Although close to 100 women from the San Miguel area participate in the organization, some women are in teams, so there is room for several dozen more women to join either individually or with a two-person team, according to organizational committee member Marty Kimmel. Even part-time residents are invited to join since donations may be left in advance or with a partner if it isn’t possible for a member to attend a meeting.
100 Women Who Care will meet again at the Rosewood Hotel on Monday, January 12 starting at 4pm for no-host cocktails, registration, and the sign-up of new members.
For more information about the organization or the worldwide 100 Women Who Care movement, visit our web site at www.100womenwhocaresma.com.