South King County’s 100+ Women Who Care group is organizing its second meeting, this time in Black Diamond.
The grassroots organization kicked off last July, and aims to bring 100 or more women together every quarter to determine what nonprofit they want to collectively support, with the goal of every woman donating $100.
“It’s so much easier than the normal fundraising, where you throw a dinner and you spend all this time and energy and you might make a few thousand dollars,” Nikki Westover, a co-leader of the group, said in an earlier interview. “It just seems more impactful with less effort, and women-focused.”
100+ Women Who Care meetings consist of a few local nonprofits presenting to the group about themselves and how they may use a donation, followed by a group vote on which organization to support.
Last July, the presenters were the Enumclaw Senior Center, the Maple Valley Food Bank, and Bicycle Rescue for Youth, a Ravensdale-based group that fights against child obesity in low-income household by providing families with refurbished bikes; the gathering of women chose to support the Bicycle Rescue program, and donated $3,800.
The upcoming meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Black Diamond Community Center, will see presentations from the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Washington’s largest mountain bike association that supports sustainable recreation, trail building and maintenance, and volunteerism; Nexus Youth and Families, an organization that provides behavioral health and homeless services; and Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundations, which will be specifically presenting its senior hot meal program, where meals are delivered to Enumclaw residents who need them three times a week.
There are currently 50 members in the group, so Westover expects the organization they pick to receive around $5,000.
Members of the 100+ Women Who Care group get to nominate nonprofits they’d potentially like to sponsor between meetings, but who will actually present at a gathering is chosen randomly.
Nonprofits that are not selected for donations can be re-nominated and return to give another presentation after two additional meetings have passed; those that are selected are encouraged to return to a future meeting to give an update presentation, but are not eligible to receive more donations from the group for two years.
While the group focuses on women membership, men are encouraged to join as well.