Tri-Cities Women Who Care reaching out to make a broader impact

Sue Guinn Legg • Jan 15, 2020 at 9:46 PM

100+ Tri-Cities Women Who Care have wrapped up a remarkable inaugural year more than $5,000 ahead of their goal to make a $40,000 impact on nonprofit service agencies of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

As of their last $10,000 “Big Give” event held in November, the giving circle that over the course of the year included more than 250 area women donated $45,485 to four local nonprofit service groups selected by their members.

President Becca Davis, who founded the local group in affiliation with the national Women Who Care movement, said the members could not be more thrilled at the impact they were able to make by pooling their resources.

The ocal agencies they chose to receive quarterly gifts of $10,000 were Isaiah 117 House, which provides temporary shelter for children entering the state’s foster care system; Seasons of Hope, which provides resources for low-income working families with children who do not qualify for other services; Levi’s Legacy, which promotes water safety for children age 5 and younger; and most recently HOPE (Help Our Potential Evolve), which connects youths ages 11-19 with resources to advance their educational, career and community service goals.

“We are thrilled to support the important work that they are doing in the Tri-Cities region,” Davis said of the Big Give winners. “We are thankful for the eight other nonprofits that presented (their programs) at the events and educated us about their work in our community. … We are so grateful for our members. Together, we made a big impact in the Tri-Cities region and we had a lot of fun too.”

The group is reaching out to new members to replenish the strength in their numbers.

Davis said, “We only have about 110 members on the roster at any given time, so we are always recruiting more. We need new members to replace those who have moved out of the area or had to leave the group for other reasons.”

Who they are looking for are women or teams of two to four women who individually or together as a team are willing to commit to a $100 contribution four times a year in order to make a $10,000 difference for four nonprofit organizations.

Their next Big Give is coming up Feb. 13 at Holiday Inn in Johnson City and members and guests are registering now. The cost is $12 for a 5:30-6:30 p.m. social hour featuring tastings from the Abingdon Olive Oil Company, heavy hors d'oeuvres, an information table from event sponsor All Aboard Travel, live instrumental music and a bingo-style mixer game with prizes.

The Big Give meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 and will feature brief presentations from three nonprofits groups selected by the group leadership. Members will vote on their favorite of the three organizations following the presentations.

As the votes are being counted, a representative of Levi's Legacy will share information about how they put their $10,000 Big Give donation to work. The newest winning service agency will then be announced and individual and team group members will write their checks. All women are invited and guests are welcome.

Anyone interested may join the group or learn more at tricitieswomenwhocare.com, at Tri-Cities Women Who Care on Facebook or by contacting the group at tricitieswomenwhocare@gmail.com or 423-833-6220.

Davis said the beauty of the giving circle is it is fast. It is simple. And it is impactful. “Women working together really can do just about anything,” she said.

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.