Press Release from January 25, 2021 (Year 6. Meeting 1).

100 WWCG Supports Chalmers Community Services Centre

As COVID-19 continues to race around the globe, and our society continues to experience massive disruption, Chalmers Community Services Centre is the latest local charity to be supported by 100 Women Who Care Guelph.

Food insecurity has become even more of an issue throughout the pandemic, and CCSC’s Food Pantry program is struggling to keep up with demand. In 2020 CCSC served 11,914 guests, many of them for the first time. That amounts to over 300 visits per week to the Pantry.

Chalmers does not require proof of need from any of their guests, simply a first and last name on their first visit, thus removing any barriers to accessing their services.

The “community” part of CCSC is central to their purpose, with many guests in turn joining the army of over 90 volunteers. Volunteers great guests outside (masked and physically distanced) and chat with them until it is their turn to enter and choose their food, helping create that sense of community and belonging so important in these difficult times.

With this most recent $10,000 donation from 100 Women Who Care Guelph, CCSC will be able to provide 645 full grocery baskets, almost a month’s worth for every person coming through their door. 100 WWCG is proud to support this community effort.

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

Guelph Black Heritage Society Says “Thank You!” For Our October 2020 Donation

Kween and Denise from Black Heritage Society were happy to receive 100WWCG’s October donation

Guelph Black Heritage Society is so thankful for the opportunities that 100 Women provided us.

This has made a huge impact on our nonprofit during such a watershed moment in history.

The funding has enabled us to purchase resources for the Flora Francis Library of Black Literature. Education is key for our organization and this allows education to be brought to our safe haven. This Library will be housed in the lower level of the Heritage Hall. The space will be full of resources materials and works of Black authors and books significant to the Black community and our allies.

Additionally, we were able to contract Uli Walle from Old World Woodworking to construct the new doors and transom window. This work is very precise and highly priced due to the Heritage it must upkeep. The work has started and they are expected to be installed in the spring (Covid premitting).

Thank you so much

Kween, Executive Director, Guelph Black Heritage Society 

Our Virtual Meeting For January 2021

 Our Three Nominated Charities Present their Request!

Photo by Joshua Hanson on Unsplash

We don’t have a meeting room or a microphone for our virtual meetings.  That said the three members selected in our nomination draw have been invited to make a brief written presentation about their charities, as part of our nomination and selection process.  In these presentations, they describe the work they do and how they would make use of a donation from 100 Women Who Care.  

If you missed the opportunity to see the nomination draw, you can follow this link. 

Our three chosen charities are:

 

Guelph Community of Hearts Lifelong Learning Centre
     (Nominated by Susan Wahlroth)

Follow this link to read Susan’s presentation

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 Guelph Chalmers Community Services Centre
     (Nominated by Alison Jukes)

Follow this link to read Alison’s presentation.

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Guelph North End Harvest Market
     (Nominated by Linda Cowbrough) 

Follow this link to read Linda’s presentation

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

We have news!

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Guelph Chalmers Community Services Centre Is the Recipient of our January 2021 Donation! 

Money will be allocated to provide support to their very necessary Food Pantry program, which has been in great demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.

Press Release from October 7, 2020 (Year 5. Meeting 4.)

100 WWCG Supports the Guelph Black Heritage Society

The Guelph Black Heritage Society is the latest charitable organization to be funded by 100 Women Who Care Guelph.

In these troubled times, there is an increasing demand from Guelph residents to explore  Black History, and to develop an understanding of the social issues of importance to Black Canadian communities. Heritage Hall, located at 83 Essex Street, began as the Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church and was founded by Black migrants, many of whom were fugitive slaves from the American south who came here via the Underground Railroad. Their history in Guelph is long and rich, and the Society is a valuable resource as our community looks for knowledge and understanding.

The Guelph Black Heritage Society has created a project called “Change Starts Now” in response to this increased interest. Educational programming events at Heritage Hall, as well as on-line information resources, are in the process of being developed. They are also working on a resource library, a treasure trove of information to be made available to our local school boards. In addition, the donation from 100 WWCG will provide a badly needed new front door for Heritage Hall, symbolizing a “Welcome” to all.

It is important for everyone to be able to tell their own story. This donation will ensure that the Guelph Black Heritage Society’s story, detailing Black history from the Underground Railroad right through to today from a local perspective, can be widely disseminated throughout our community.

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

October 2020 Brings Our Second Virtual Meeting

 Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash
Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash

We may not have a meeting room or a microphone, but as part of our virtual nomination and selection process, the three members selected in our nomination draw have been invited to make a brief written presentation about their nominated charities, to describe the work they do and how they would make use of a donation from 100 Women Who Care.  

Just in case you missed the opportunity to see the nomination draw, you can follow this link. 

Our three chosen charities are:

1.  Guelph Community Foundation’s Youth Hub Flow Through Fund
     (Nominated by Cyndy Forsyth)

 Follow this link to Cyndy’s written presentation.

2.  Guelph Black Heritage Society 
     (Nominated by Barb Tremblay)

 Follow this link to Barb’s written presentation.

3.  Grand River Conservation Foundation
     (Nominated by Rebecca Whitney)

Grand River Conservation Foundation Logo

 Follow this link to Rebecca’s written presentation.

Our Virtual Meeting For October 2020

Our Second Virtual Meeting Brings Members Together For Another Opportunity To Give Back to Our Community!

For the second time this year, 100 Women Who Care Guelph was unable to connect in person due to Covid-19 concerns. In spite of the challenges, we persisted in our determination to give back to the Guelph charities.  As part of our “virtual” nomination and selection process, members representing three charities selected in our nomination draw, provided written presentations which were reviewed and voted upon by members. It’s great to know that in these difficult times, 100WWCG continues to “think outside the box” in our efforts to give back our community. 

 Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash
Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash

We may not have a meeting room or a microphone, but as part of our virtual nomination and selection process, the three members selected in our nomination draw have been invited to make a brief written presentation about their nominated charities, to describe the work they do and how they would make use of a donation from 100 Women Who Care.  

Just in case you missed the opportunity to see the nomination draw, you can follow this link. 

Our three chosen charities are:

1.  Guelph Community Foundation’s Youth Hub Flow Through Fund
     (Nominated by Cyndy Forsyth)

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 Follow this link to Cyndy’s written presentation.

2.  Guelph Black Heritage Society 
     (Nominated by Barb Tremblay)

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 Follow this link to Barb’s written presentation.

3.  Grand River Conservation Foundation
     (Nominated by Rebecca Whitney)

Grand River Conservation Foundation Logo

 Follow this link to Rebecca’s written presentation.

Drum Roll Please!

Guelph Black Heritage Society is the Recipient of our October 2020 Donation!

Money will be spent two ways:

Change Starts Now, is a response to the increased demand in our community to learn about Black History, anti-racism, discrimination and diversity, both locally and globally. Funds will help sponsor educational programming events at Heritage Hall, as well as on-line. In addition, GBHS is in the process of developing a resource library at Heritage Hall and has reached out to local school boards about making these valuable resources available to local teachers and students. These resources can easily be shared with everyone in Guelph-Wellington and beyond.

Funds will also be used to provide a new front door for Heritage Hall. The GBHS is committed to restoring Heritage Hall to make it safe, environmentally friendly and accessible. There is great symbolism in funding this door. When closed, a door provides safety and protection for those within. When open, a door says “Welcome”.For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.





 

Press Release from July 13, 2020 (Year 5. Meeting 3.)

100 WWCG Provides COVID-19 Support to the Children’s Foundation

Tough times call for creative solutions, and these are indeed tough times. When our society was put on lock down, local charities saw an immediate increase in need, and yet had many of their usual fundraising events cancelled. 100 Women Who Care Guelph created a virtual meeting format for July, and is delighted to offer their latest donation to the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington to help fill that gap.

The goal of the Children’s Foundation is to nurture the well-being of the whole child – physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. They have created two new programs to address issues made even more urgent by COVID-19.

Many children rely on food programs at school as a primary source of nourishment for the day. With schools being closed, and those nutritious meals off the table, the Children’s Foundations created their Fresh Food for Kids program, which delivers 540 family food kits weekly to over 1,400 children and youth. Due to urgent food insecurity needs, this vital program will continue through the summer months.

There is no doubt the social isolation we are all feeling is even more potent for children. With so many recreational programs cancelled this summer, the Children’s Foundation has created a Free to Grow at Home initiative, providing kits comprised of books, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, and outdoor games to bring fun, creativity, and learning to kids this summer.

With this donation from 100 WWCG, the Children’s Foundation plans to provide 150 recreational kits, significantly reducing their waiting list, as well as to bring nutritious food to 100 kids this summer.

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

Food4Kids Guelph Says “Thank You!” for our January 2020 Donation

100 Women Who Care Guelph

When the 100 Women Who Care Guelph team entrusted Food4Kids Guelph with its quarterly donations in January 2020, our volunteer-run charity was over the moon. While the funding was extremely valuable for our small charity, your support and encouragement was, too.

Receiving the extra money from 100 Women meant that we could immediately enroll more children in our weekend food bag program and reduce our waiting list. In fact, our 180 enrolled children soon grew to 200 by March and we were on track for even more growth. Then Covid-19 struck. 

With schools closed, we were unable to deliver our weekend food bags and we immediately switched to mailing grocery gift cards to the children’s caregivers, in the amount of $15 per child per week. 

Sadly, the Covid closures also forced us to cancel our signature fundraising event of the year, our “Closing The Weekend Gap Breakfast” that was already well planned and scheduled for April 28. Ouch.  

We were also “stuck” with a lot of pre-purchased, shelf-stable food on our shelves which we donated to Guelph’s wonderful Chalmers charity to supplement their free food bags. We also lent some of our equipment like freezers and delivery trolleys to other agencies providing food deliveries during Covid. The response of Guelph agencies for food-security has been remarkable. 

It soon became clear that Covid was making family struggles even more dire, so Food4Kids Guelph made a difficult decision. That was to “blow our budget” by dipping into funds already raised for the next school year so that we could provide grocery gift cards to our families throughout the 2020 summer months as well. We  realized that this decision would deplete our carefully planned budget by some $40,000 and that it could mean starting the 2020-21 school year supporting fewer children. However, we felt it was the right thing to support families when they needed it most.

And then our little team of volunteers got to work, as hard as we could. We applied to every possible grant program and reached out to our donors.  

With great relief we are happy to report that since April we have raised $40,000 and then some. Our program is back on track financially and now aims to support up to 300 children in the next school year. Our hearts are happy, and we are sleeping much better!

Thank you so much for supporting Food4Kids Guelph. As I am a regular member of our 100 Women Who Care Guelph team, I will gladly share updates at future meetings.

Sincerely,

Terrie Jarvis

Program Coordinator

Food4Kids Guelph

Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington is the Recipient of Our Second Donation of 2020!

Our July Virtual Meeting Was a Great Success!

100 Women Who Care Guelph may not have been able to meet in person this quarter, but we weren’t deterred from finding a way to give to a deserving local charity.  As part of our “virtual” nomination and selection process, three charities selected in our nomination draw have made written presentations and members have reviewed them and voted. The process was remarkably smooth and feedback from members has been positive.  It’s great to know that in these difficult times, 100WWCG can still “go the distance” to make positive change within our community. 

The three charities nominated were:

Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington is the Recipient of our July 2020 Donation!

The contribution from 100WWCG will be used to support their Free to Grow at Home initiative, providing kits that will get kids’ hands and feet moving, spark their imagination, and support their learning and healthy childhood development, while also providing some respite for parents who have been parenting and teaching 24/7 during the COVID shut-downs.

Our donation will be put to work immediately through the purchase of supplies from local retail partners, to bring nutritious food, fun, creativity and learning to kids this summer.  For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.

Carol Dilworth of 100WWCG presents our donation to representatives of Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington.

Food4Kids Guelph Says “Thank You!” For Our January Donation


As is the tradition at our quarterly meetings, the winning charity which is the recipient of the previous quarter’s donation, addresses the meeting and updates the group and provides an update on how the funds received have been used.  Terrie Jarvis, the Program Co-ordinator of Food4Kids, has provided a written transcript of her expression of thanks.  

Follow this link to see the text of her presentation.

What’s Next?

Like everyone else, the steering committee of 100 Women Who Care Guelph is working hard to plan for how the group proceeds in the future, given the changing situation related to COVID-19.  We are in discussions with the Delta Hotel, to firm up our meeting dates for 2020-21.  As soon as we have information about “in person” meetings, we will notify everyone by email and post information on the Upcoming Meetings page on our website.

Meanwhile, we would like to thank all of our members for their patience and support during this incredibly challenging time. The Guelph community is the major beneficiary of your commitment to give generously, even when life is complicated.

Thanks for all you do,

Sharon, Tannis, Miriam, Lisa, Carol, Peggy and Dianne
The 100 Women Team