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.)

100WWCG Sewing Angels

Michelle Lowther has made a significant contribution through the use of her sewing machine.  “In my spare time I’ve made 10 gowns for the Elliott Centre, caps for MSW workers in Cambridge, 60 masks for vet hospital and making batches of masks for Guelph General Hospital.  At times when you feel helpless it’s good to pitch in and support those on the front line anyway you can.”

Tannis Sprott – “While our 100 Women meeting may have been cancelled for this quarter, I know many of us are finding other ways to give. My contribution this week (drum roll please) – 12 home made fabric masks for Guelph Hospital, helping meet their goal of providing every discharged patient with two masks. Hey, even I can sew a rectangle, although the pleats caused a little consternation!”

Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County Says “Thank you!”

 

Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County Children First Fund

Sheila Markle of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, says, “Thank you.”

 

It is my pleasure to speak to you about the work of our organization and to thank you for your generous donation to the Children First Fund.

Jean Vanier said “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.”

 

 

 

100 Women Who Care is a marvelous example of community coming together to support programs and services that the members of our community benefit from.

A compassionate and caring community is vital to ensure children and youth are safe and nurtured and to ensure that much needed services and supports not provided through government programs or funding are available to help fill in gaps that exist, and they do exist.

The Children First Fund, through generous donations such as yours, provides tangible support to youth who are transitioning to adulthood with very little support from family, material assets or access to financial resources.

Let me tell you a couple of stories:

Tom (not his real name) achieved a goal he didn’t think possible with the support of the Children First Fund.

As an older youth, Tom moved out on his own and worked as a security guard to support himself. A hard worker, he kept to himself

He was holding his own but felt unable to move beyond what he had achieved and certainly not towards his dream of becoming a law enforcement officer.

In his own words:

Education Support “showed me a way out of a rut that could have damaged my life for quite some time.  It opened a world of opportunities that I had never event given thought to and showed me that there was so much more out there for me.  It also showed me that there are people who care a tremendous amount about the well-being and success of others.”

“I had never fathomed that [going to college] was possible. Learning that [there was Education Support] gave me a huge push to go back to school and not waste the chance. It made me realize that I could afford to make a career choice and pursue something that could really get me somewhere in life.”

“It is hard to measure this kind of impact on people but just speaking from my experience I can say that this [Education Support] has opened my eyes to so much more and put me on a path that I am really excited to continue down.  Supporting programs like this are supporting the hopes and dreams of individuals.”

Tom was able to reduce his work commitments so that he could attend college. He successfully completed his program and has moved closer to achieving his dream, recently accepting his job as a law enforcement officer with the RCMP.

The Children First Fund opened a door to possibilities for Mindy (not her real name) which can be pursued at any time. Growing up, Mindy had an interest in photography which with support developed into a passion. Supported by our organization to pursue this interest, the CFF provided her with access to a summer program.  Her work caught the eye of a local photographer who mentored her. Mindy’s creative drive found an outlet and after high school she enrolled in a college program specializing in photographic arts.

Mindy found the adjustment to college life challenging and with continued support from her worker problem solved to overcome the challenges to successfully complete the first year. With the increased workload of the second year, the challenges increased triggering past trauma issues – all of which significantly impacting her ability to cope so she took a break from her program.

In her words:

“It’s scary out there in the real world, with remembering to pay bills and do taxes.  It’s not something I’m amazing at yet.  It’s like learning to swim in a pool of salt water with a whole lot of paper cuts.  What made it easier for me to overcome these things is that I know I have people waiting to bandage up the areas that I can’t.”

When Mindy works through her trauma issues enough, she knows that she can return to college with our support.  The children we assist are not always ready to follow transition pathways at the same time as their peers.  They may do so at a later time.  Through the CFF we are able to continue to assist them to pursue their dreams when they are ready to do so.  The CFF opens doors to the potential of opportunity that our youth often do not know existed.

Donations to our Children First Fund really do make a difference in the lives of the children and youth we support and we thank you tonight for your donations. We know that opportunity is often the difference between success and failure. With donations from generous individuals like yourselves, we are able to resolve barriers and create community solutions. Ultimately those solutions help children, youth, young adults and families to not only survive but thrive.

Sheila Markle,
Executive Director
January 2020

 

Meeting Twenty Two – Our First Meeting of a New Decade!

A New Year Brings a New Successful Charity!

Here is everything you need to know about the meeting on January 9th 2020…
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If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom

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 You can follow this link to make your payment online!

100 Women Who Care Guelph began 2020 with great excitement, new members and worthwhile new charities to support.  Sharon opened the meeting with thanks to Sandra Lastovic of Skip the Bank. a valued 100WWCG member and the generous sponsor of our meetings at the Delta Hotel.

Great News!
In the past five years, we have raised  $265,150  in support of local charities!

Sharon took the opportunity to thank the dedicated volunteers who work so hard to make our organization a success – our cheque collectors, Carol Dilworth and Peggy Brightwell and our volunteer co-ordinator, Erin Moore.


She also stressed that we still need people to step up and help 100WWCG.  After a year of laudible service Erin has stepped back from her position and we will need to find a replacement volunteer co-ordinator.  We are also still hoping to find someone who is interested in taking photographs at our monthly meetings.

If you or someone you know might be willing to step into one of these roles, please call us for details as soon as possible. Our next meeting is  April 7th, 2020 and we  would really like to fill these essential positions as soon as possible.

Contact Sharon (519-820-6822, slewis@questiam.com ) or Tannis ( 519-763-1172, tannis.sprott@gmail.comfor the specifics.

 

After opening remarks we drew names of charity nominees from the 100WWCG hat.

After Sharon’s opening remarks, Sheila Markle, the Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, drew the names of this quarter’s nominees from a hat and members listened intently to the selected charities’  presentations:

  1. Cyndy Forsyth presented on behalf of Guelph Community Foundation’s Integrated Youth Services Initiative, a grassroots community initiative, led by the Rotary Club of Guelph, which would bring an integrated youth services centre to Wellington County and the City of Guelph.  Youth age 12-26 would be at the centre of, and have equal access to, a continuum of programs, from employment to mental health and addiction services.  Funds dedicated would be used to engage in outreach with local youth through workshops and activities, with the aim of establishing an effective service model for the organization’s target audience.
  2. Wendy Clayson presented on behalf of Michael Housea pregnancy and parenting support service which provides programming and residential support to women coping with a crisis pregnancy.  This organization gives shelter to pregnant women and new mothers as well as affordable housing, after-care programming  and a drop-in program for existing clients.  Money donated would be earmarked for specialized staff training to deal with the challenges faced by pregnant women in crisis.
  3. Terrie Jarvis presented on behalf of Food4Kids Guelph.  This organization bridges the weekend food gap for severely food-insecure children in our community.  Most Guelph children can get some food at school, Monday to Friday, but some go home to empty cupboards and fridges and struggle through weekends with little or no food. Food4Kids provides healthy food bags for those kids to take home from school for the weekend.  Money donated would be used to reduce numbers of children still on the waiting list for service in local schools.

After each presentation, members spent some time asking presenters for more information about the programs supported and the funding models of each organization. Following these astute and thoughtful questions, members took a few moments to make their choice and cast a vote.

 

Sheila Markle of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, says, “Thank you.”

While members were voting, Sheila Markle, Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County took the opportunity to thank members for our Meeting Twenty One donation.  To read the full transcript of her comments, follow this link.

100 Women Who Care Guelph has chosen

Food4Kids Guelph

as the recipient of our Meeting 22 donation!

Our donation will be used to increase the numbers of hungry children which Food4Kids Guelph can serve.

Follow this link to read our press release which provides even more information about this quarter’s chosen charity.

If you missed the meeting,  you can make your payment online by following this link!

Please arrange to make your donation as soon as possible.

 

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.

Hospice Wellington says “Thank you!”

John Gilbert, Events Co-ordinator of Hospice Wellington, says, “Thank you.”

Our donation helped to create this wonderful renovated sunroom at Hospice Wellington,

 

On behalf of Hospice Wellington, we would like to thank 100 Women Who Care for exactly that, caring. Thank you for your generosity and for your thoughtfulness. Your generosity has brought improved sunlight to our residence at Kortright and Scottsdale in Guelph. Your thoughtfulness shows you are aware of the fact that many people within our community need our services, supports and our compassion.

 

Helen Keller once said, “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”

Sunshine does something for us…it does something to us. It makes bad days a little bit better…and it makes good days, great. Sunshine grabs our attention. How often have you been sitting somewhere and the sun comes out from around a cloud and shines a beam of light through a window. Often times you turn and look to appreciate that beam of light, even just for a moment.

Morris West said, “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”

That is what this solarium is all about. Moments created, laughs remembered, a place to be in the moment. These residents know that the storm is coming, but this renovated solarium gives them the ability to appreciate that sunshine.

So what have the funds allowed us to do in this sacred space that overlooks the beautiful Gosling Gardens…

We replaced all window coverings. Even the beautiful sunshine can be a little bit too much sometimes. We upgraded all of the furniture to ensure comfort for loved ones, while leaving enough space to wheel a resident’s bed into the room also. We updated the room with a fresh coat of paint in a calming colour and will soon be adding a fan to the room, as the sunshine can make the room quite warm at times.

We thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for making such an impactful decision. This solarium means so much to so many.

“The moment won’t last forever. The memory will.” – Michelle A. Homme

Thank you 100 Women Who Care!

From all of us at Hospice Wellington

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.