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100WWCG Recipients

For every gift given, there is someone on the receiving end. We are all in this together, helping each other as best we can.

Some of our members have been the recipient of  the thoughtfulness and generosity of others. Here’s a shout out to them!

Carol Dilworth – “100 Women Who Care Guelph member Wendy Fletcher bought my groceries until I got onto the Zehrs drive through system. Steven Faehrmann, my cruise consultant, treated me to two dinners, delivered to the house. And yesterday there was a beautiful bouquet at my front door, anonymous.”

100WWCG Helping Angels

There are so many different and wonderful ways to reach out and help. See what some of our members have been doing.

Lisa Hood got her whole family involved in the effort by:

  • checking into neighbours who live alone
  • buying groceries for families in isolation
  • dropping off food for friends who had a new baby two weeks ago
  • raising money to keep the student food bank open
  • donating blood (along with fellow member Tannis Sprott)

100WWCG Giving Angels

Some of our members were able to continue with their contributions in spite of our cancelled meeting, picking their own favourite charities to receive their donation.

Eleanor Langdon gave to the Guelph Food Bank. (Thanks Eleanor, I’m sure it was much needed and gratefully received.)

Heather Coles – “I donated $200 to Food Banks Canada, which my generous employer is matching, resulting in a $400 donation!” (Now there’s a great idea, getting your employer involved, well done Heather.)

Carol Dilworth – “I gave to the hospital.” (Wonderfully done Carol, I’m sure it was greatly appreciated.)

Press Release from January 9, 2020 (Year 5. Meeting 2.)

100 Women Who Care Guelph Contribute to Food4Kids Guelph

100 WWCG quite literally “stepped up to the plate” by voting to support Food4Kids Guelph at their latest quarterly meeting.

While there are many programs in Guelph that offer in-school breakfast or lunch programs, a gap remains on the weekends. Food4Kids, a charity begun here in 2017 and run entirely by volunteers, works to bridge that gap by providing healthy, nutritious food for children who are facing severe food insecurity at home.

There have been as many as 500 children within the city of Guelph that have been identified as being food insecure. Parents may often struggle with work commitments or financial restraints which make it difficult to access food banks and food pantries. Going home for the weekend and facing empty cupboards and fridges, and the empty stomachs that come with that, is daunting for the children. That’s where Food4Kids comes in.

Every week, the volunteers assemble food packages, each of which costs $500 per child per school year, containing a mix of fresh and dried goods. Those packages are then delivered to the school on a Friday, and are placed into the backpack of the child to take home. Once a child is identified as being food insecure, the schools ensure that all children in that household are included so there is enough food for everyone. They are currently feeding more than 167 children from 10 schools, with more on the waiting list.

The benefits of adequate and consistent nutrition on the immediate, short, and long-term developmental outcomes for children is immense. Chronic hunger affects everything from physical and mental health, to academic success.

100 WWCG contributed their latest $13,000+ donation towards reducing child hunger in our city.

Visit www.100womenwhocareguelph.com for more information or to join 100 WWCG and help support those in need in our community.

Press Release from October 17, 2019 (Year 5. Meeting 1.)

100 Women Who Care Guelph Helps At Risk Teens

At their most recent quarterly meeting, 100 WWCG chose to support The Children First Fund of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County.

In January 2018, Family & Children’s Services were handed the additional role of supporting 16-18 year olds who are no longer eligible for foster care, and thus struggling to make it on their own. Children in that situation have no parental or family support, and find themselves adrift, living on their own with extremely limited financial resources. They are at risk of homelessness, mental health issues, and drugs, and can fall prey to human trafficking.

There are 90 such children in our community.

By investing their $13,000+ donation in the Youth Education and Transition Support program, 100 WWCG was able to offer assistance in two very different ways.

Firstly, the funds will be used to support kids in two different streams. If the child is going on to college or university, they will be provided with a $400 set-up kit consisting of a backpack and other necessary supplies. In the second stream, where kids have found work, a $1000 worth of kitchen supplies, bedding, towels, and furniture will help them transition to living on their own.

That is the easily quantifiable gift 100 WWCG was able to offer. Of equal importance, but far more ephemeral and long lasting, is the emotional impact the donation will have on the lives of the children. Many of them have a limited vision for themselves, accompanied by poor self worth. The one lesson they have learned, and they have learned it very well, is that they are on their own.

The second gift 100 WWCG was able to offer was belief: belief that each child is worthy of support; belief that each one can succeed; belief that there is much more to them than where circumstance has landed them; belief that there is a path to a bright future.

Who knows where that gift will lead?

Visit www.100womenwhocareguelph.com for more information or to join 100 WWCG and help support those in need in our community.

100 Women Who Care Guelph Passes the $250,000 Mark

100 Women Who Care Guelph, a grassroots fundraising organization, has donated $250,635 to local charities over the past five years.

 The Guelph chapter launched in October of 2014 with 99 members, who selected Hospice Wellington and their Art Therapy program to receive their first collective donation. Five years and 20 donations later, the membership stands at around 150 members, and it was the latest donation to Hospice Wellington for their sun room revitalization that saw the group surpass the $250,000 dollar mark.

 Between the two Hospice donations the group has supported a wide variety of local charities, including the Guelph Public Library, Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, Ed Video, Rainbow Day Camp, Alzheimer Society, North End Harvest Market, and the Drop In Centre, to name a few. A full list, along with the heartfelt thank you speeches from the chosen charities, can be found at www.100womenwhocareguelph.com.

 The concept is elegant, the impact enormous. Each member commits to attending a one hour meeting and making a $100 donation four times a year, with the donation going to a collectively chosen local charity. Guelph wins, every time.

 Thanks to a committed and passionate membership, 100 WWCG will continue to have a big impact in Guelph as they begin their sixth year at their next meeting, to be held at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre on Thursday, October 17th at 7:00pm.

 New members are always welcome. There is no such thing as too many caring women in a room.

 Visit www.100womenwhocareguelph.com for more information or to join 100 WWCG and help support those in need in our community.

 

Press Release from July 10, 2019 (Year 5. Meeting 4.)

100 WWCG Invests in Hospice Wellington Sunroom

Hospice Wellington was chosen to receive the latest donation from 100 Women Who Care Guelph, with funds being allocated to reconfigure and outfit their sunroom.

Hospice offers palliative care in a nurturing environment to those in our community facing death. Their 10-bed residence is built around the concept that end-of-life care deserves as much beauty, care and respect as the beginning.

They achieve this by providing an at-home setting that feels warm and cozy, as well as being a tranquil space for families. Hospice is about living before dying, and their sunroom provides a wonderful oasis for families to gather and celebrate special moments, everything from weddings and anniversaries to baby gender reveal parties. It is also a peaceful space for snuggles with a beloved grandchild, the sharing of memories, or reflection and planning.

After nine years of service, Hospice would like to breathe new life into their sunroom. New furniture and a new configuration will allow for even more family members to be able to spend precious moments with their loved one in a beautiful setting. 100 WWCG is happy to provide their assistance to make that desire a reality.

Visit www.100womenwhocareguelph.com for more information or to join 100 WWCG and help support those in need in our community.

 

 

Press Release from April 17, 2019 (Year 5. Meeting 3.)

100 WWCG Buys Beds for Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a lay catholic organization with branches found around the world, has been active in our community for decades, with the goal of serving those in poverty among us with love, respect, justice and joy, regardless of religious affiliation, and with a heavy emphasis on the personal touch.

By visiting and making person-to-person contact with those in need, the Society gets an in depth look at what is truly required by a family or individual.

Many of us are familiar with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul through their resale store on Elizabeth St., but their presence and impact in our city goes far beyond that essential service.

They provide home visits, food, clothing, bedding, kitchen supplies, and furniture to those in need. St. Joseph Conference encompasses every household west of Edinburgh Road – from north to south – a large segment of our city.

One of the most obvious needs, and one of the most expensive, is the purchase of new beds. Because of sanitation and health concerns, used beds are not accepted for donation. St. Joseph Conference alone buys on average five single and three double beds every month, which takes up a considerable portion of their available donated funds, even with discounts from the local bedding stores.

By selecting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference to be the recipient of their latest quarterly donation, 100 Women Who Care Guelph ensured that beds could be provided for the next 20 months. Visit www.100womenwhocareguelph.com for more information or to join 100 WWCG and help support those in need in our community.

 

 

 

Press Release from January 15, 2019 (Year 5. Meeting 2.)

100 WWCG Replaces Lost Government Grant for Rainbow Day Camp

As 100 Women Who Care Guelph learned Tuesday night, a critical piece of funding for Rainbow Day Camp’s Inclusion Program, a grant from the provincial government, has just recently been cut. 

Rainbow Day Camp has been providing different summer day camp experiences for kids of all abilities here in Guelph for 40 years. Their Inclusion Program, which is at the core of their philosophy, mixes kids of all abilities for a week long day camp. In the process, they are teaching empathy, patience, acceptance, and inclusion. What we learn as children carries over into adulthood, and empathy (or lack thereof) is a critical skill that can have a profound affect on a society.

While this program goes right to the heart of what they are trying to impart, it is also one of the most expensive due to the one-one care needed for each special needs child for the week they are at camp. There are five spots for each of the eight weeks of the program, and a personal support worker is essential for each of those children.

Having lost the grant, over the course of the summer instead of being able to offer the program to 40 special needs children, they would only be able to offer it to 16, a 40% reduction in the number of spots, and an incalculable loss to the children and families they are trying to support. It is one of their most popular programs, and with registration due to open in a month, Rainbow Day Camp reached out to 100 WWCG for support.

The personal story of a 7 year old girl overheard explaining to her nervous and protective mother that “the young autistic boy who had become over excited and was flapping was nothing to worry about, because he was actually really happy and the flapping was just a part of who he was”, is exactly what that program is all about – removing the fear of the “other” and replacing it with understanding and acceptance.

By choosing Rainbow Day Camp to be the recipient of their latest quarterly donation, 100 WWCG ensured the program would be fully funded for this summer, helping raise the next generation of caring men and women here in Guelph. Visit www.100womenwhocareguelph.com for more information or to join 100 WWCG and help support those in need in our community.