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Group donates $2,900 to hospital

Funds will be used to build new community garden on Atlantic General’s campus
By Kara Hallissey | Feb 01, 2018
Courtesy of: Janelle Mulholland The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore charity donated $2,900 to Atlantic General Hospital’s new community garden on the Healthway Drive campus in Berlin.

(Feb. 2, 2018) The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore charity donated $2,900 to Atlantic General Hospital’s new community garden on the Healthway Drive campus in Berlin.

“Atlantic General Hospital, the Worcester County Health Department and Mid-Atlantic Health Care are partnering to promote healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, teamwork and physical activity through the development of a community garden,” said Amanda Buckley, a nutrition services coordinator at Atlantic General Hospital, who nominated the community garden last week.

“Worcester County’s recent community health needs assessment identified cancer, overweight/obesity, diabetes and heart disease as the top four areas of health concerns, all of which are impacted by nutrition,” she continued. “Nutrition, physical activity and weight are significant areas of great concern for our community.”

The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore organization held its first meeting of the year on Jan. 23 at the West Ocean City Bottle Shop on Route 50. Close to 30 members heard presentations about the Village of Hope in Salisbury, the Germantown School in Berlin and the community garden at Atlantic General Hospital.

“Our task force has been fundraising since November of 2017 and we plan to break ground on the garden in the spring of 2018,” Buckley said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to receive a donation from 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore. I’m so excited to be a part of this organization.”

The new garden will increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for associates, patients, residents and the community in addition to providing an opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles and educate, she said.

“We are excited to fund such a worthwhile community project that will benefit so many members of our local community,” said Janelle Mulholland, co-founder of 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore, with Susanna Eisenman and Anna Newton.

Members directly contribute $100 to three different charities each year, totaling $300. There are no administrative fees, and all donations are tax deductible.

During the hour-long meetings, each woman in attendance fills out a nomination form with their favorite nonprofit charity from Worcester, Wicomico or Somerset counties. The submissions go into a basket and three potential winners are picked.

“Those three women present their nominations by telling the group about why they are passionate about their charity and what great work the charity does for the community,” Mulholland said.

After presentations, each member votes for their favorite and the charity with the most votes receives checks from all 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore members.

“Charities can be nominated over and over again,” Mulholland said. “But once a charity has been chosen, it cannot be nominated again for one year. Charities must be 501(c)(3). The money must also stay on the shore to help our residents in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties.”

The organization held its first meeting last February where members donated $3,900 to the Stephen Decatur High School Band Boosters to help replace 29-year-old uniforms. During their second meeting last May, members contributed $3,400 to the CRICKET Center, a child advocacy center in Berlin.

At the final meeting of 2017, which was held in October, participants raised $2,500 for Women Supporting Women, a local nonprofit organization that provides awareness, education and support for those affected by breast cancer.

“Several weeks after the meeting, an anonymous donor came forward and matched the members donation by donating an additional $2,500 to Women Supporting Women,” Mulholland said.

The money specifically helped to fund compression sleeves for breast cancer surgery patients, which can cost up to $100 and many insurance companies do not cover.

The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore members have raised more than $12,000 for local charities in three meetings throughout 2017, she said.

The nonprofit organization, 100+ Women Who Care, began in Michigan more than a decade ago. Currently, there are more than 400 active chapters across the world.

“I first heard of the organization while visiting my mother in Iowa,” Mulholland said. “Her friends started their own chapter and I loved the idea of a group of women getting together and discussing charities in their community and then writing checks to the chosen local charity.”

The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore members will meet again this year on April 24 and Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the West Ocean City Bottle Shop on Route 50.

“All Tuesday evenings,” Mulholland said. “I really want to grow our membership and [I’m] hoping to reach 50 next time for the April 24 meeting.”

For more information or to become a member, email Mulholland at mjmulholland@mchsi.com or visit www.facebook.com/100womenwhocareontheshore.

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