WHO WE ARE We are a group of local women who are interested in making a difference where we live. Our mission is to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations that have a strong presence in and serve residents of Franklin County, Vermont. We come from all walks of life and different financial backgrounds, all with the same goal of making a very large impact in the health and growth of our community in ways we never before thought possible. As individuals we felt that it was challenging to make a meaningful impact in our community, but as a group we are powerful and our collective contributions can make a difference.
IF YOU ARE- • Committed to helping others in our community, but stretched for time • Want 100% of your donations to go directly to local charity • Want to be part of a powerful group of local like-minded women making an immediate, direct and positive impact • Want to learn more about many worthy service programs in the Franklin County area.
HISTORY OF 100 WOMEN WHO CARE IT ALL BEGAN WITH A BABY CRIB The first chapter of 100 Women Who Care was founded in Jackson, Michigan by the late Karen Dunigan, who always considered 100 Women Who Care to be one of her greatest ideas. As many great ideas do, it came serendipitously: during a meeting with leadership from the local Center for Family Health. In a Fundraising meeting, Karen learned that local mothers were bringing their babies home and putting them to sleep in boxes and dresser drawers because they couldn’t afford cribs, leading to the death of the infant in some cases.
Rather than seek a few large donors to meet the $10,000 goal for the project, Karen thought that she easily knew 100 women who would be willing to donate $100. At their first meeting, the women raised over $12,000 for the project and 100 Women Who Care was born.Related groups are 100 Men Who Care and 100 Kids Who Care and can be found at 100 Who Care Alliance. There are currently more than 400 chapters and Franklin County is registered as the first Vermont Chapter.
100 Women Who Care - Franklin County Vermont Steering Committee: Karyn Rocheleau, Annette Hannah, Trisha Woodward, Jacqui Hood, and Judy Ashley