100 Women Who Care-Stephenson County members raised a record amount of donations for the Pearl City Education Foundation. Members donated a total of $12,550! This is $1,350 MORE than the last record! The funds will provide monies for learning experiences for students beyond regular academic programs. In addition, the PCEF will also be able to offer scholarships for 2017 graduating seniors as well as provide grants to instructional staff for classroom supplies or the development of skills related to instruction. The donations have given the organization, established in 2013, the funds necessary to support students and staff with current needs.
Pictured R->L are DeAnne Voss and Amy Krolow (100WWC co-founders), Shauna Endress (nominating 100WWC member and PCEF Vice President), Heather Farringer Dickman (100WWC co-founder), Jennifer Brinkmeier Petta (PCEF Secretary), Chris Wallace (100WWC Co-founder) and Tim Thill (PCEF Board Member)
Congratulations Pearl City Education Foundation! #ThePowerOf100
100 Women Who Care make their biggest donation to date to CHOM
Hosted by: The Freeport Club (614 South Park Boulevard, Freeport) -Cash bar
Thursday, February 9th. -Social Hour/new member registration (optional) 5:30-6:30pm -Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Organizations nominated thus far include:
*Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Mu Chapter
*Pearl City Lioness
*Boys and Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County
*Relay for Life-Stephenson County Chapter
*Northwest Illinois Community Action Agency (NICAA)
*Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
*Freeport Downtown Development Foundation (FDDF)
*Stephenson County 4-H Club
*Mother Hubbard's Kiddie Cupboard
*Pearl City Education Foundation
Public School Fund (FCPSF)
*Pearl City PTO
*Friends of Mill Pond
*Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois
*Amity Society of Freeport Inc
*Kids Coats and Clothes
*Friends of the Freeport Public Library
*Tyler's Justice Center for Children
*The Senior Resource Center
Donations from last
quarter's meeting went directly to the Children's Hands On Museum (CHOM) and
totaled $11,200 which is our largest donation yet to date. Yay!
CHOM was founded in 2014. During that time, they have popped up at venues in local schools, the Stephenson County Fair, churches, summer outdoor community events and the Stephenson County Historical Society. They have hosted two Expos showcasing their exhibits that were sponsored by the Eagles Club, and most recently held a Holidays Around the World event at the Lincoln Mall.
CHOM's mission is to have a locally accessible, affordable, interactive and educational environment that inspires children and families to learn about themselves and the world around them. The pop-up museum provides diverse, creative, hands-on learning with stimulating exhibits in science, health, arts, reading and place sense.
With a goal of $75,000 to start up the all-volunteer organization, CHOM is dedicating the generous contribution from 100 Women Who Care-Stephenson County to reach the goal of finding a permanent space for the museum in 2017 to serve as a resource to children, their families, and schools of Northwestern Illinois.
Finally, as we
continue to expand our chapter size and increase our local impact we strive to incorporate
the best organizational practices. Two areas have been updated.
They are as follows:
-We will now accept only 501(c)3 certified organizations for nomination. The few non-501(c)3 organizations that are currently in the nomination basket are allowed to remain with the continued caveat that they must make members aware of their status. We feel this update to the chapter requirements will ensure only well-established non-profits will be considered.
please......This quarter 100 Women Who Care- Stephenson County members voted to
give all donations to NCS Youth Home. Last week the co-founders were able to
present the youth home with checks and cash totaling $10,750! This is the
largest donation to date by 100 Women Who Care-Stephenson County, taking the
grand total of donations over the past year and a half to $64.200 (including a
$10,000 private family foundation matching gift).
That is $64,200 that may not have made its way back into the community to help
support our friends, neighbors and community members.
NCS Youth Home Executive Director Cara Williams said that the monies donated by 100WWC will be allocated to pay for expenses related to specialized, and very much needed, clinical services and supplies that are not normally funded through other sources. Youth with the most traumatic and chronic sexual abuse histories, sensory disorders, and other unique needs will be able to receive services not always otherwise available. The impact of these funds is tremendous and distinctive; having a substantial and noteworthy impact on the lives of youth in our care.
Pictured from left to right are 100WWC co-founders Amy Krolow and DeAnne Voss, NCS Clinical Director Lisa Rodriguez, NCS Board President Susan Folgate, 100WWC co-founder Heather Dickman, NCS Executive Director Cara Williams, 100WWC co-founder Chris Wallace and NCS Intake/Aftercare Director Barb Stadtfield.
The Freeport Art Museum (FAM) is a non-profit arts organization that has been serving the community for over 40 years. As a privately funded museum, FAM does not receive any direct tax income for operating expenses and therefore relies on generous donations like the support from 100 Women Who Care in order to carry out its mission to promote an understanding of the arts through its collections, exhibitions and education.
In recent years, FAM has been able to develop important programs like Arts Magnetism, which brings selected pieces from the museum’s collection directly into each 1st through 4th grade classroom at Jones Farrar Magnet School. Along with hands-on art activities that are designed to deepen student understanding of their regular curriculum, Arts Magnetism fills a gap in arts education in our community.
Additionally, FAM has begun a partnership with the Norman Sleezer Youth Home for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. This program brings the youth to the museum during the summer for an extended art camp that is devised with NCS staff to support their program goals.
The Arts Magnetism and NCS programs are just two examples of the many ways in which the Freeport Art Museum is reaching out to our community through the arts.
This year, a private family foundation has issued FAM an exciting opportunity to further the educational programming with a $15,000 challenge grant. Matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000, these funds will help the museum sustain and grow a positive impact within the community. They have matched our donations with $10,000 of their own, taking the total donations from the 100 Women Who Care-Stephenson County May quarterly meeting up to $20,400!
100 Women Who Care will meet again on August 11th at the Eagles Club in Freeport. It will be another great night when we decide as a group who will get the next $10,000+ donation. Visit our website www.100WWCStephensonCounty.weebly.com or like us on Facebook 100Women Who Care-Stephenson County or email us at 100WWCStephensonCounty@gmail.com
Chris Wallace (100 WWC co-founder), Marsha Block (FAM Board Member and 100WWC member), Ellie Bartels(FAM Board Member, Education Chair). Heather Farringer Dickman (100WWC co-founder), Jessica Modica (Executive Director of FAM), Mike Clark (Mike Clark FAM Board Treasurer), DeAnne Voss and Amy Krolow (100WWC co-founders)