The power of 100 women
100 WOMEN WHO CARE
Photo by Lauren Baron, Brant News
Shaelyn Osborn and Kristine Cameron have started the Brantford chapter of 100 Women Who Care, which is aiming to raise $40,000 for local charitable organizations each year.
In a fast-paced world where women divide their time between work, raising a family and trying to find time for themselves, there’s often little room to give back to the community.
“(Women) don’t want to spend hours and hours on something or they don’t want to commit to sitting on a board,” Shaelyn Osborn said of finding time for charitable work. “We live busy and fast-paced lives and the question is how can we make a big impact in a short amount of time?”
The answer to that question is 100 Women Who Care Brantford.
Chaired by Osborn and Kristine Cameron, the new group plans to bring together local women for one hour four times a year to raise money for local charitable organizations.
At each meeting, the women will vote on which non-profit organization in Brantford or the County of Brant will receive their donation. Then, the women
will each write a cheque for $100 – presenting at least $10,000 total to the winning charity.
The goal is to have at least 100 women participating and donating a combined total of $40,000 to four charitable organizations each year.
“It’s targeting modern society,” Cameron said. “It’s busy and I think you have to change the way you work. Nobody wants to run a committee, they don’t have the time. This is a relatively small financial commitment with a big impact on the community.”
The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Quality Inn and Suites on Colborne Street.
Meetings are restricted to one hour, so women know exactly what their commitment is.
All funds donated go directly to the charity of choice. Each woman will receive a tax receipt from the charity after each donation.
At each meeting, the previous charity will be invited to speak about how the money was used.
The idea for 100 Women Who Care was born in Michigan and has spread across the United States and recently into Canada. It was picked up in Toronto just over a year ago and moved into London last summer.
When Osborn got wind of the idea, she knew it was something she had to bring to Brantford.
“I think it’s great because it doesn’t take away from family life and running a business, it’s very focused and targeted and you get to see the impact it has on the local level,” she said.
100 Women Who Care Brantford meetings are open to all women in Brantford who are willing to commit to a $100 donation four times a year. Visit www.100womenbrantford.com to register or for more information.