Press Release from June 29, 2021

100 WWCG Pushes Back Against COVID Isolation By Supporting Torchlight Services

Torchlight Services has been working with individuals with disabilities since 1974 to ensure that each person is able to reach their full potential, helping them achieve full participation and inclusion within our community, and allowing the community in turn to celebrate their potential and citizenship.

Torchlight strives to positively impact each individual’s quality of life by offering a number of day programs. The participants work on honing their daily living skills, and experience personal growth through volunteer opportunities, recreational, cultural and social activities, and attention to health and fitness.

There is no doubt that the restrictions surrounding COVID-19 have led to an increased sense of isolation for everyone. For those in our community with disabilities, those feelings have been particularly acute.

Knowing how vital a sense of connection is to their participants’ health and well being, Torchlight went right to work to create their Connect Virtual Programs, providing a supervised, inclusive platform to help make connections, bolster friendships, and diminish that sense of isolation.

Their Virtual Program team provides 1-1 interaction to assist and support the participants in accessing the programs, while simultaneously offering critical person-centred support and engagement.

In response to the need to continue that program for our most vulnerable citizens, 100 Women Who Care Guelph has chosen Torchlight Services as the recipient of their $10,000+ donation this quarter.

To find more information on the fundraising efforts of 100 WWCG, or to become a member and join in contributing to local charities, visit their website at www.100womenwhocareguelph.com.

Our June Virtual Meeting

Three Members Want You to Know Why Their Chosen Charities Deserve Your Votes! 

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

Hats off to the three dedicated 100WWCG members who volunteered to describe the significant work their charity undertakes and how our donation would be deployed to improve the service they provide to our community!  

Our three chosen charities are:

 The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital
      (Nominated by Sharron Watson) 
Follow this link to read Sharron’s presentation.

Torchlight Services
      (Nominated by Diane Harvey)
Follow this link to read Diane’s presentation.

Guelph Youth Singers
     (Nominated by Heather Mair)
Follow this link to read Heather’s presentation.

Important Announcement!

Torchlight Services

(Nominated by Diane Harvey)

Is the Recipient of our June 2021 Donation!

Our donation will allow Torchlight Services to continue their mission to “advocate for, promote, and facilitate the full participation, inclusion and empowerment of people who have a disability within the community.”   

Torchlight has earmarked these funds to continue running virtual programs which help clients to socialize and engage in fun games and activities.  The expected outcome will be a reduction of boredom and loneliness and an increased feeling of emotional well-being for program participants.  

For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.

North End Harvest Market Says “Thank You!” For Our April Donation

 May 31st, 2021 

The Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition would like to extend our huge gratitude to the 100 Women Who Care and your amazing gift. The NEHM provides fresh and nutritious food to hundreds of community members each week. Over the past year the pandemic has caused a lot of stress and trauma in the lives of so many of our friends. This has created more need for the NEHM’s work and increased our food budget. Your gift could not have come at a better time. I’d like all of us to reflect on why so many in our community need to access emergency food programs and the inequity in our city and country.               

Thanks from Brendan Johnson  –  Executive Director GNSC. 

The North End Harvest Market would like to thank 100 Women Who Care Guelph for your amazing dedication to our community and especially to our vulnerable citizens struggling daily and even more during this pandemic to put good nutritious food on their tables with a special shout out to Linda Cowbrough who was our nominator and is a great market supporter and volunteer.  

Thanks from Barb McPhee – NEHM Manager 

The North End Harvest Market started in July of 2013 as a pilot project to provide fresh produce in the north end of Guelph (which was a food desert) to low income families.  With no sustainable funding, just donations and help from grants and our ADOPT-A-WEEK program, the market has been able to provide this service for the past 7 years. 

May 28th – 2021 – Carol Dilworth (100WWCG) presents donation cheques to Barb (NEHM), Brendan (GNSC) 

The Market provides fresh produce to approximately 560 individuals and families each week.  Marketers are allowed to access the market every two weeks.  The market started in the north end of Guelph and now because of COVID we provide produce to all corners of the City.  We deliver to around 80 homes and we have a Curbside service where the marketer pulls up in their car and a bag of produce is put in their back seat or trunk and they drive away.  It is a real safe – COVID way to make sure everyone gets their produce in a safe way. 

My name is Molly and I am a delivery driver for the North End Harvest Market and just wanted you to know that your financial support is such an amazing donation.  The market does such an amazing job at making sure the most vulnerable are fed.  As a driver – each week – I have been able to make a distant covid connection with some of the marketers receiving this service and I can tell you that they are so very greatful to the market.  I take my kids along to help deliver and it is a fun experience to share as a family.  – Thanks for your gift.” 

Cobs Bread Bakery has an End of Day Giving program where at the end of each day – left over bread is given to community charities and the market is lucky enough to be one of those charities and we are able to give bread, buns, scones and treats out to the families as well as the produce. We also have a connection with one of the Zehrs Stores and we receive their left over goods and combined with a Cobs Bread pick up on Saturday nights, we are able to provide a free bread market on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and we see around 40 families a week. 

“My name is Ellie Gains and I am a single mother with 3 children – I had to quit my job because of COVID , to stay home and help with home schooling.  I am so grateful for the North End Harvest Market who provides our family with the fresh produce that we could not afford to purchase and my children actually love vegetables.  It has also been a blessing that they deliver as I could not carry the produce and my children on the bus.  There is also a bonus now with Harveys free bread market that helps us with free bread and treats on Sundays.”

“My name is Norine Wagner and I was a marketer for over two years and the fresh produce actually saved my life as I was diabetic and could not afford to eat properly.  I now have my health in line and have a part time job to continue with produce.  I also now volunteer each week at the market to give back.” 

“My Name is Kent Wagner and the North End Harvest Market helped me tremendously during my addiction recovery – they not only provided me with Fresh Produce, but treated me like part of the market family and supported me to find resources I needed.  I volunteered at the market to give back and now I have a job at a men’s shelter which the market now supports once a month with fresh produce.  Thanks for your generous donation.  The market works hard at fundraising and these kind of donations are a blessing for their survival.”

Pearl is one of our marketers who is such an inspiration – she just turned 89 and we were able to give her a cake from our Free Bread Market and celebrated with balloons and air hugs.  Your donation makes the little things in life happen with love, caring and dignity. 

THANK YOU 100 WOMEN WHO CARE GUELPH!!!!!!!! 

Barb McPhee, Manager, North End Harvest Market

Chalmers Community Centre Says “Thank You!” For Our January Donation.

Carol Dilworth presents a cheque from 100WWCG to Chalmers Community Services Centre

Thank You 100 Women Who Care Guelph!

I don’t know where to start….
Your donation has meant that many families can stay in their homes. Families get to choose from the following list of items they need: 

  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Canned  goods
  • Salt 
  • SugarPancake Mix
  • Dried Soups
  • Meat
  • Hummus
  • Peanut Butter 
  • Bread
  • Toilet Paper
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Shower gel
  • Hygiene products
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Toothpaste
  • Socks
  • Gloves

You can imagine the relief a family feels when the above needs are met so they can spend the little money they have left on rent. Because of you 700 families will receive FULL baskets of what they need and they can stay in their homes..Many of the families that visit have 4-5 children so the need is great. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many families.

Thank you so much.

Sincerely, 

Vicki Olatundun, Excutive Director, Chalmers Community Services Centre, Guelph

Press Release from April 12, 2021 (Year 6. Meeting 2.)

100 WWCG Helps North End Harvest Market Combat Food Insecurity

The North End Harvest Market, dedicated to providing food insecure families with fresh fruit and vegetables, was given a boost with a $10,000+ donation from 100 Women Who Care Guelph at their latest quarterly meeting.

Food insecurity in Guelph has been on the rise for the past year as COVID continues to relentlessly impact our society.

With a Public Health Inspector safety approval plan in place, the volunteer run North End Harvest Market was able to pivot to curb side pickup of pre-selected food bags, as well as institute a home delivery service for those unable to drive to their location at Waverley Drive Public School.

The need is so great they have expanded their catchment area outside of the north end, and have increased their weekly support from 50 families pre-COVID to 160 families today, with the budget rising from $600 to $1500 a week as a result.

Healthy food should not be one of the things anyone has to give up because of COVID.

As we all work together to see each other through these difficult times, 100 WWCG is delighted to help support the efforts of the North End Harvest Market.

To find more information on the fundraising efforts of 100 WWCG, or to become a member and join in contributing to local charities, visit their website at www.100womenwhocareguelph.com.

Our Virtual Meeting for April 2021

 Three Members Make A Pitch for
Their Chosen Charities! 

Photo by Alfonso Scarpa on Unsplash 

Meeting rooms and microphones aren’t necessary for virtual meetings.  The most important component of our “gathering” is the information provided by the three committed 100WWCG members who have volunteered to detail the important work their charity is undertaking and how they would make use of a donation.

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

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Our three chosen charities are:

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1.  ARCH – HIV AIDS

(Nominated by Sonia Preisler)
Follow this link to read Sonia’s presentation.

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 Hope House

(Nominated by Marissa Teeter )
Follow this link to read Marissa’s presentation.

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 North End Harvest Market

(Nominated by Linda Cowbrough)
Follow this link to read Linda’s presentation.

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Photo by Kuchihige Saboten on Unsplash

Important Announcement!

North End Harvest Market 
is the Recipient of our April 2021 Donation!

Our donation will give NEHM the opportunity to continue to safely provide much-needed food security to many struggling individuals and families during the ongoing pandemic. Their mission is to ensure that Covid is not a barrier to fresh produce for the city’s most vulnerable population.For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.

Virtual Meeting April 2021

Three Members Make A Pitch for
Their Chosen Charities! 

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

Photo by Alfonso Scarpa on Unsplash 

Meeting rooms and microphones aren’t necessary for virtual meetings.  The most important component of our “gathering” is the information provided by the three committed 100WWCG members who have volunteered to detail the important work their charity is undertaking and how they would make use of a donation.

1.  ARCH – HIV AIDS 

(Nominated by Sonia Preisler)
Follow this link to read Sonia’s presentation.

2.  Hope House

(Nominated by Marissa Teeter )
Follow this link to read Marissa’s presentation

3.  North End Harvest Market

(Nominated by Linda Cowbrough)
Follow this link to read Linda’s presentation.

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.

Chalmers Community Services Centre receives a cheque from 100WWCG.
Carol Dilworth presents a cheque from 100WWCG to Chalmers Community Services Centre