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Group’s first 2018 meeting, Jan. 23

By Kara Hallissey | Jan 18, 2018
Courtesy of: Janelle Mulholland The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore charity donated $2,500 to Women Supporting Women, a local nonprofit organization that provides awareness, education and support for those affected by breast cancer, last October.

(Jan. 19, 2018) The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore charity will have its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the West Ocean City Bottle Shop on Route 50.

Women interested in donating $300 to worthy charities in 2018 are encouraged to attend the 5:30 p.m. hour-long meeting.

“It’s really fast and simple,” said Janelle Mulholland, co-founder of 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore, along with Susanna Eisenman and Anna Newton. “There’s no selling raffle tickets, no bake sales. Just women getting together for one hour, discussing how they can make a difference in their community and writing a check. The impact is immediate.”

The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore members directly contribute $100 to three different charities each year. 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.”

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

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 in 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 insurancecompanies do not cover.

“All funds raised by 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore for Women Supporting Women will go to purchase these sleeves,” Mulholland said. “They will be available through Women Supporting Women free of charge for those who need them.”

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.

“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 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.

The local chapter will have its first meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the West Ocean City Bottle Shop on Route 50 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The others are scheduled for April 24 and Oct. 9 at the same time and location. All $100 cash or check donations should be brought to the meeting on Tuesday.

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

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