Part of the national Women Who Care alliance that now includes about 600 community-based groups worldwide, the local “giving circle” was launched in August by Jonesborough resident Becca Davis, executive director of the national ReFrame Association of nonprofit home repair organizations.
The group’s premise is to bring together women who are willing to pool their resources — each member commits to making a $100 contribution four times a year — and to network with each other to support nonprofit organizations in their area.
Since the Tri-Cities group went public in October, its ranks have grown from 26 women to 92, or eight women short of the number that will enable the group to present their first $10,000 contribution to a local nonprofit in February.
On Wednesday, Davis told me their numbers have been growing by at rate one woman a day for a couple of weeks now and she feels sure they will meet or exceed their 100-woman goal by the time their first $10,000 “Big Give” event rolls around on Valentine’s Day.
So far, members have nominated 13 nonprofit organizations for the Big Give money and they are continuing to accept nominations
After a vetting process to ensure each nominated organization is indeed registered as tax-exempt nonprofits serving in any of nine Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia counties for at least a year, three finalists will be selected to make brief presentations at the group’s Big Give dinner on Feb. 14.
The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session, followed by the all-important vote in which the members will select the winner. The winner will be announced immediately following the vote and the Big Give will wrap up with each member making out their first $100 check directly to the selected organization.
Meanwhile, the recruiting goes on and other women who wish join in are encouraged to visit www.tricitieswomenwhocare.com or contact Davis at email@example.com or 423-833-6220 for more details.
If the $100 quarterly commitment is too large, women ma y join the group in teams of two or four with a respective $50 or $25 quarterly commitment and received the allotment of one vote per team at the four Big Give events.
For those who would like a better feel for how Women Who Care operates, the Valentine’s Day Big Give will also be open to nonmembers with an RSVP.
The group is zeroing in on a venue for the dinner and Davis promised to announce the location soon. Dinner will start 5:30 p.m. and the nonprofit presentations will begin at 6:30.
The nominated organizations so far include the Johnson City-based Appalachia Service Project home repair and replacement ministry serving four Central Appalachian states, Elizabethton’s Isaiah 117 House for local children awaiting foster home placement, the Friends of Suzanne cancer patient support organization based in Church Hill and the Oasis of Kingsport day center ministry for women.
Nominations may be suggested by contracting any Tri-Cities Women Who Care member.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.
How to be a 100+ Tri-Cities Women Who Care member at a glance:
- Commit. Fill out a short form with your contact information. Teams of up to four women are allowed.
- Show up. The group meets for one hour every three months. Feel free to bring a friend.
- Listen. There will be three short presentations by local nonprofits. You can nominate a charity after you join.
- Vote. Pick your favorite of the three organizations.
- Write a check. Each woman or team donates $100 to the winning nonprofit. 100 members x $100 = $10,000
Fast, simple and impactful, women working together really can do just about anything.