Tri-Cities Women Who Care making an impact

Sue Guinn Legg • Aug 22, 2019 at 10:05 PM

One remarkable year, 170 women and more than $30,000 in giving since the launch of its efforts to significantly impact  Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, 100+ Tri-Cities Women Who Care is reaching out in an attempt to do more.

Following up on the group’s third, quarterly $10,000 Big Give — awarded early this month to the grassroots nonprofit Levi’s Legacy that teaches self-rescue swimming to infants, Tri-Cities Women Who Care founder Becca Davis said the group’s success has been a happy surprise.

“I never suspected we would get there this fast or that there would be this many women who care,” she said.

“We’re really excited to be making this kind of impact. The agencies we’ve given to so far are very creative endeavors and are doing a lot of exciting things in the Tri-Cities.”

Part of the international Women Who Care alliance of about 600 local giving circles at work in communities around the world, the group’s premise is to bring together women who are willing to pool their resources to further the work of nonprofit agencies selected by their members.

Each member or each team of two to four women commits to making a $100 contribution four times each year and then network with each other to nominate and select a different nonprofit service agency to receive their cumulative $10,000 contribution.

Since going public in October, the Tri-Cities Women Who Care have grown to include 92 individual members and 27 teams of two or more women who get together once every quarter to make a more than $10,000 impact on their community.

Their last Big Give get together was held Aug. 8 at the Holiday Inn in Johnson City, The membership nominated 26 local nonprofits to receive their pooled contributions. Three of the groups were selected by random draw to make a presentation about their agencies’ work.

And when all was said and done, the touching story of Levi Hughes, a 3-year-old boy who drowned last summer and his namesake organization dedicated to raising awareness that drowning is the number one cause of death among children under age 5 came up a winner. Levi’s mom, Nicole, told the group their contribution will be used to provide self-rescue swimming lessons to about 200 local children.

In May, the group chose Seasons of Hope, an organization that helps low-income working families who do not qualify for other nonprofit services, to receive its $10,000 award for its diaper pantry and dignity program that provides women’s hygiene kits to local high school girls.

In February, the first Tri-Cities Women Who Care $10,000 was awarded to the Isaiah 117 House in Carter County that provides a comfortable home for children are awaiting foster home placement to use for the upcoming opening of a second house in Washington County.

Davis said, “Our goal is to make a significant impact in the Tri-Cities region. There is a lot of need in our area, but we also have a lot of generous people who want to support worthwhile causes. We are thrilled to have so many women participating in our giving circle, especially considering how new the group is.”

To replenish some attrition in their numbers and to grow their membership and their impact along with it, Tri-Cities Women Who Care is inviting other women who may be interested in joining them, either as individuals or as teams, to check out their website and a complete short membership form at www.tricitieswomenwhocare.com.

The group is also in need of business sponsors to help with the cost of their Big Give events and other operating expenses. More information about the group is available at the website and at 100+ Tri-Cities Women Who Care page on Facebook, or may be obtained by email to tricitieswomenwhocare@gmail.com or by calling 423-833-6220.

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, slegg@johnsoncitypress.com or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.