BERLIN — The new 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore group have donated $3,400 to the Cricket Center, a child advocacy center that creates a community response to hold child abusers accountable and allows children to experience hope and healing.
“Our main objective is to reduce trauma to child victims by bringing all necessary local agencies together,” said Cricket Center Executive Director Wendy Myers. “This includes law enforcement officers, child protective services, prosecutors, advocates, mental health therapists and medical personnel”.
The 100+Women Who Care on the Shore is a new organization that formed in February. It consists of a group of local women interested in making an immediate, direct and positive effect within Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties by contributing 100% of their donations to local charities. Currently, there are more than 400 active chapters throughout the world.
“The approach is fast and simple”, said Janelle Mulholland, one of the three organizers of the 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore, along with Susanna Eisenman and Anna Newton. “The impact is immediate. Our goal is to build our membership to 100 women. If there are 100 of us, that’s $10,000 for a local charity in one hour.”
Since February, 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore has donated $7,300 to local charities. The first meeting in February raised $3,900 for the Stephen Decatur High school Band Boosters to help replace 29-year-old band uniforms.
“Together, we can make our donations go further, and it’s easy. No selling raffle tickets, bake sales, events or parties. We are just getting together for an hour, nominating our favorite charities and discussing how we can make a difference in our community by writing a check,” said Mulholland.
The group meets three times a year for one hour and learns about local nonprofit agencies, nominated by members. Voted on by the group, one agency is selected to receive individual checks of $100 from the members. The checks are written directly to the local agency, so there are no administrative fees. Members contribute a tax deductible donation of $100, three times a year, for a total of $300 a year.
The group is open to all women interested in donating to local charities. All agencies must be 501(c)(3) and community organizations benefiting Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at Sisters, 113 N. Main Street in Berlin at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Mulholland at [email protected] or call 410-352-3910.