MARION – Women throughout the southern Illinois region are invited to celebrate the power of coming together to make a difference for area non-profits.
The Williamson County 100+ Women Who Care chapter has officially launched with the purpose of bringing together 100 or more women to donate $100 each resulting in $10,000 to benefit a local non-profit. Driven by the desire to make a difference and inspired by another 100+ Women Who Care (WWC) group in Effingham County, group coordinator Allison Hasler of Marion immediately saw the impact the group could make and began taking steps to establish a Williamson County chapter last fall.
“2020 was such a difficult year for everyone, including local charities. I saw the difference that the Effingham group and other 100+ Women Who Care groups across the country were making for their local non-profits and got to work to establish a group in southern Illinois.” Allison noted.
The group’s mission is to distribute at least $10,000 to three nonprofit organizations serving Williamson County in 2021 totaling $30,000 or more in philanthropic giving this year. To do so, they are looking for 100 or more women who will take the pledge to give $100 three times in 2021 for a total of a $300 commitment. The giving will take place during three scheduled events on April 28, June 30, and October 27 at Walker’s Bluff and will include a 6 p.m. social hour followed by the event at 7 p.m. Thanks to event sponsors, there is no cost for members to attend the event outside of the $100 donation of which 100% will go to the selected charity.
Steering committee member Sara Baker of Marion said, “We understand that so many women are busy with family and work commitments, but this is an opportunity to set aside some time for ourselves to relax and have some fun while coming together with other women three times a year to give back to our community.” Women interested in learning more should visit the group’s website at https://www.thepowerof100wwc.com/ where they can Take the Pledge to participate as a founding member in the 100+ Women Who Care – Williamson County Chapter and make the personal commitment to contribute $300 ($100 each meeting) in 2021.
When asked what drew her to the group, founding member Deb Barnett of Marion noted the group’s potential impact. “The idea that in one evening my $100 donation can be multiplied 100 times to make a $10,000 difference for a local charity was immediately appealing. Committing to give that $100 just three times a year is a small investment for a $30,000 return going directly to our communities through the organizations that serve Williamson County.” In addition to founding members, the group is also accepting applications from non-profits interested in being a recipient of the group’s giving.
Founding member Jeanine Ragain of Marion said, “Any 501(c)(3) organization that serves Williamson County has the opportunity to be nominated to receive one of the $10,000 checks but must complete the pre-qualification form on the website for verification before being added to the list of eligible charities.”
Area businesses and organizations are also encouraged to get involved by sponsoring one of this year’s events through a tax-deductible donation. Founding members Holly Dodd and Shannon Mohr, both of Marion, noted that corporate sponsorships are a great way for businesses to show support for area non-profits while promoting women-led philanthropy in southern Illinois.
To become a 100+ Women Who Care – Williamson County founding member, register a non-profit for funding consideration, or learn more about corporate sponsorships opportunities, visit https://www.thepowerof100wwc.com/.