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100+ Women Who Care provide books for Vigo County kindergarteners May 30, 2014

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Every kindergartener in Vigo County received a copy of the “One Day I Could Be” book today thanks to a $19,900 grant provided by 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County in support of the United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Success by 6 program.

The playful and inspiring book was conceptualized and written by Marla Flowers and Ann Ryan, designed by local artist Denise Turner and photographed by Brendan Kearns. It highlights 14 local professionals and is designed to encourage children not only to read but to also consider potential careers they could pursue.

The 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County Chapter voted earlier this month to award Success by 6 its second grant for 2014 and its sixth grant since its founding last year. Books were distributed at all Vigo County elementary schools earlier today. The grant presentation took place at Farrington Grove Elementary.

“In Vigo County, nearly 60 percent of our students are on free and reduced cost lunches. When there’s not enough food in a family’s home, these same families lack the resources to keep books in the home. Literacy is a critical skill that everyone needs and putting more books into area homes is one way to improve our childhood literacy rates,” said Lori Danielson, the 100+ Women Who Care member who advocated for the grant.

Danny Tanoos, superintendent of Vigo County Public Schools agreed.

“The Vigo County School Corporation is deeply grateful to the 100+ Women Who Care organization for its generous donation of books for our students. Fourteen hundred of our kindergarteners will now have a great book to read during summer vacation. I am honored to live in a community that has such generous and giving citizens as this wonderful group of women,” said Tanoos.

In addition to funding the “One Day I Could Be” book project, the United Way Success by 6 program provides other early childhood education activities including Mother Goose on the Loose, Reading Buddies Program, and Real Men Read. Although Success by 6 is a United Way program, no campaign funds are allocated for its operations. The program is supported by proceeds from the annual Power of the Purse luncheon along with other fundraising activities and grants.

The 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County is a local organization of female philanthropists. Members commit to paying $500 a year. The first $100 is an annual membership fee that goes into an endowment fund the group has started to create permanent revenue to aid local charities in the future. The remainder is paid in $100 increments at each of the four meetings the group hosts. At each meeting, members are allowed to submit a local charity to be considered for a grant. Three charities are selected for presentations by members at each meeting, and the group then votes on which one will receive the grant. Since its founding last year, the organization has provided grants totaling $118,900 to area charities and raised $41,800 for an endowment fund with the Wabash Valley Community Foundation that will provide future support for local charities.

New members are welcome. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 6, in the Magna Carta Room located on the second floor of Federal Hall which houses Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business located at Seventh and Cherry Streets. Networking and registration begins at 5 p.m. with the business meeting beginning at 6 p.m. and adjourning by 7 p.m.

Ivy Tech — Humane Society Partnership receives grant April 17, 2014

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A joint partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and the Terre Haute Humane Society received $18,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County on March 7. The group had selected the partnership for its latest grant during its February meeting.

The grant will support a co-location initiative that will provide a new location in the Vigo County Industrial Park for the Humane Society shelter. The group’s current facility is outdated and in need of significant maintenance and upgrades. Ivy Tech students in its School of Health Sciences programs will help run the shelter facility.

This is the fifth grant the local 100+ Women Who Care group has awarded since it was organized last year.

February meeting delayed until February 19th due to weather! February 4, 2014

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Given the weather predictions, we are postponing the Wednesday, February 5th, meeting of 100+ Women Who Care. The meeting will be rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19th, at Ivy Tech’s Oakley Auditorium. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the business meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. To make registration go more smoothly, new members and members renewing their membership for 2014 are encouraged to do so in advance by going to:

http://100womenwhocarevigocounty.wordpress.com/membership-commitment-form/

Payment of the $100 annual membership fee can be made at:

http://wvcf.com/giving_online_100women.html

Here are the instructions for finding Oakley Auditorium at Ivy Tech:

The entrance into the Ivy Tech campus is on Jessica Drive, just west of Dixie Bell Elementary School.  When you drive into the Ivy Tech campus, you will come to a “T” in the road that begins a circular drive around the Ivy Tech buildings.  You do not need to drive all the way around the building, but if you do, you will come back to your starting point.  When you come to the T, you will see in front of you a large clock tower.  The entrance to the Oakley Auditorium is adjacent to the clock tower.

Stay warm and travel safely! We look forward to seeing you on February 19th!

 

Renew or join for 2014 today! January 3, 2014

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Happy 2014!

As 2014 begins, every member of 100+ Women Who Care can be proud of what we accomplished during 2013!  What a spectacular year 2013 was!  Imagine, together we have put more than $100,000 in charitable dollars to work in our community!

With the New Year, comes the opportunity for you to rejoin 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County for 2014.  If you have already renewed, thank you!  If you have yet to renew your membership, you need to complete the commitment form at http://100womenwhocarevigocounty.wordpress.com/membership-commitment-form/ and send your $100 commitment check to the 100+ Women Who Care, 2901 Ohio Blvd, Suite 153, Terre Haute, IN  47803. 

Regardless of whether you are renewing your membership, would you take the time to respond to a brief questionnaire about the 100+ WWC group?  The survey link is  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XZNWM2H.   This is also your opportunity to provide information for the Steering Committee as to how we can improve the meetings and to help us assess what impact our group is making on local philanthropy. 

The first meeting of the 2014 year of 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County will be at Ivy Tech Community College on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  (You may renew on February 5th, but plan to come early so you can complete the paperwork.)  The social time will start at 5 pm.  The meeting will officially begin at 6 pm.  During that meeting, we will also hear from Council on Domestic Abuse (“CODA”) on what receiving our first distribution has meant to them. 

We hope you will rejoin 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County for 2014.  We can accomplish so much more together!

 

100+ Women Who Care donates $21,700 to Catholic Charities Foodbank; Group surpasses $100,000 in giving in first year November 27, 2013

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The level of food insecurity in the Wabash Valley was driven home for local leader Tina Elliott when she heard an unimaginable story from a friend who is a bus driver.

“My friend was heartbroken one day about a conversation she had with one of her students. The girl was upset that an impending snow storm might cancel school. When asked why she wouldn’t want a day off to play in the snow, she replied that she would miss the breakfast and lunch the school served. There simply wasn’t enough food in her home,” said Elliott.

“I never thought that children would look forward to going to school just so they could eat a meal.  Unfortunately, that little girl is not alone.  That is why I chose to advocate for Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank,” she said.

Thanks to Elliott’s presentation about the more than 13,000 children who don’t have enough to eat during some time of the year, the 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County Chapter voted earlier this month to award Catholic Charities its fourth grant of the year. On Tuesday, the group presented $21,700 to the local organization just in time for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months.

“We are excited to partner in this way with a group of women who have decided that they can make a significant difference in the lives of so many who are struggling and finding it difficult in some cases just to get through each day,” said John Etling, Agency Director for Catholic Charities. “This donation will allow us to continue to provide help and thereby create hope for those who are hungry in our communities. We want to thank these women for creating such an inspiring example of giving for all of us especially at a time of year when our demonstration of thanks joins a chorus of many in the Wabash Valley who are thankful for all of the blessings they have received and are willing to share.”

The goal of Catholic Charities is to relieve suffering and hardship for people in need regardless of nationality, race, or religion. Each year, the foodbank provides critical supplies to 92 nonprofit emergency food agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that serve more than 32,000 individuals in a seven-county area.

“I am so proud to be a member of the 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County, a compassionate and caring group of women, and to be able to present these donations to an agency that truly affects so many people in need,” said Elliott.

Catholic Charities will use the funds to increase the capacity of the foodbank allowing it to provide more food each week through the BackPack program which sends backpacks filled with food home with needy students each weekend; provide fresh vegetables and other items to local residents through the Mobile Food Pantry; participate in larger purchasing programs to stock area pantries; and expand delivery service to agencies throughout the Wabash Valley.

The 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County Chapter was co-founded earlier this year by local residents Beth Tevlin and Teresa Exline, who had heard about a similar group that had been started in Bloomington. The two enlisted other female leaders to serve on a steering community to help recruit members and set policy on how the group would operate.

Members commit to paying $500 a year. The first $100 is an annual membership fee that goes into an endowment fund the group has started to create permanent revenue to aid local charities in the future. The remainder is paid in $100 increments at each of the four meetings the group hosts. At each meeting, members are allowed to submit a local charity to be considered for a grant. Three charities are selected for presentations by members at each meeting, and the group then votes on which one will receive the grant.

In its first year, the group has raised $102,800 including $21,800 for the endowment fund and grants of $17,500 to the Council on Domestic Abuse for improvements to its shelter for abused women, $20,300 to Art Spaces to support a tribute to Terre Haute native Paul Dresser in Fairbanks Park, $21,500 to the Swope Art Museum for badly needed window replacements and Tuesday’s $21,700 to Catholic Charities.

“When Beth and I first discussed forming this group about a year ago, we had no idea that it would take off the way it has. To raise more than $100,000 in a single year in such a simple manner speaks volumes about the caring community in which we live,” said Exline.

Exline added that the administrative support provided by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and the generosity of Bill Burdine and the Holiday Inn in providing space and food for the first three meetings allowed the group to dedicate 100 percent of its proceeds to charitable purposes. This trend continued with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods hosting the November meeting. The group currently has 217 members and hopes to attract more women for 2014. Tevlin indicated that anyone joining before December 31 will be a charter member of the organization.

“This is a great group in which to be involved. It is a tremendous networking opportunity for female leaders, and it only involves four one-hour meetings a year. Yet, the impact has truly been overwhelming. There are so many non-profits in our county that are serving significant needs. This is a wonderful way of leveraging our resources to address these issues and make our community stronger,” said Tevlin.

Check presentation to Catholic Charities on November 26th! November 25, 2013

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Please join the 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County as we present a really big stack of checks to Catholic Charities. The presentation will take place at the Food Bank at 1356 Locust Street on Tuesday, November 26, at 5:15 p.m.   

What an incredibly exciting first year this has been!  Each of us has had a lasting impact upon our community because of our involvement with 100+ Women Who Care!  This year, we have given more than $100,000 to four charitable projects and to create the 100+ Women Who Care Endowment Fund.  What we have accomplished together has far exceeded our expectations!

As this first year draws to a close, we welcome your written or emailed comments regarding your experiences this year.  Share your thoughts on how we could make this group better.  Also, let us know if you have ideas as to where to hold the quarterly meetings!

Thanks for being part of the 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County.   We hope you can join us on Tuesday, November 26, at 5:15 p.m. at Catholic Charities, and we hope you renew your membership for 2014! 

 Beth Tevlin and Teresa Exline

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to host November 6th meeting October 15, 2013

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Due to our growing membership, our November meeting of 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County will take place at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in the ballroom of Le Fer Hall on November 6, 2013.  Registration and networking will be from 5 to 6 p.m.  The business part of the meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and end by 7 p.m.   Saint Mary-of-the-Woods will be providing complimentary hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a cash bar, and tea, and water will be available.

If you plan to propose a nonprofit for funding, come prepared to speak for up to five minutes to the group.  You will want to check to make certain that the group you want to propose is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and operates in Vigo County.  Feel free to contact the Wabash Valley Community Foundation if you want to confirm your favored organization’s status.

While we are still receiving new applications for 100+ Women Who Care, we are encouraging them to sign up after our November 6th meeting so they do not have to pay the endowment commitment in November and again in January.  If they choose to wait, they can still attend the November 6th meeting as a guest to see how it works. They just will not be able to vote.If you know of someone who wants to join, please encourage them to join us on the November 6th meeting and share the commitment form with them that is located at: http://100womenwhocarevigocounty.wordpress.com/membership-commitment-form.  New members who sign up prior to January 1, 2014 will be considered a charter member.

I hope you will be able to join us and celebrate an incredibly successful first year. It is clear that there are a lot of caring women in Vigo County! Thank you for your support and thank you to all the women who have made great presentations at each meeting. It has been great to hear about these deserving non-profits who are making our community a better place!

Take a moment to reflect on our success to date:

– $21,800 contributed to the 100+ Women Who Care Endowment Account with the Wabash Valley Community Foundation

–$17,500 to the Council on Domestic Abuse to make some renovations to their shelter for abused women

– $20,300 to Art Spaces to help make the Paul Dresser scuplture, “A Song for Indiana,” a reality

– $21,500 to the Swope Art Gallery to fund the much-needed replacement of windows

That totals more than $80,000 in our first three meetings! We should top $100,000 for the year. What an amazing impact this simple idea is having. Ladies, we are making a difference in our community! I hope you will renew your membership for next year and encourage others to join our group. The 2014 membership commitment form is available at:  http://100womenwhocarevigocounty.wordpress.com/membership-commitment-form/.

–Teresa Exline

Swope Art Gallery receives $21,600! October 15, 2013

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The 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County presented the Swope Art Gallery with checks totalling $21,500 following the August meeting. The nationally renowned museum plans to use the money for much-needed window replacements. Since being selected for this grant, other donors have matched the grant allowing the museum to leverage our grant and replace twice as many windows. The Swope Art Museum, which doesn’t charge admission to its wonderful collection, is a local treasure that needs to be maintained. Congratulations for being selected as the third grant recipient!

Next grant presentation on August 29th! August 28, 2013

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The 100+ Women Who Care — Vigo County will present more than $20,000 to the Swope Art Museum on Thursday, August 29, at 10:30 a.m. The presentation will take place at the museum located at 7th and Ohio streets in downtown Terre Haute. The grant will be used to fund much-needed window replacement.

100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County donates $20,300 to Art Spaces May 17, 2013

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On May 16, 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County awarded a $20,300 grant to Art Spaces that will help make the Paul Dresser sculpture, “A Song for Indiana,” a reality. This planned artwork will be the newest addition to Terre Haute’s Cultural Trail which was started in 2010 by Art Spaces with the “Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads” sculpture.

“This grant puts us on the homestretch of raising the $80,000 for this project. This unique sculpture with new landscaping and signage will be a great addition to the Paul Dresser Historic Home and Fairbanks Park. We believe it will become a destination site for visitors who want to know more about this world-renowned composer,” said Mary Kramer, executive director of Art Spaces.

Terre Haute native Paul Dresser’s song, “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” became the second best-selling song, in terms of sheet music, during the nineteenth century. This song became the official state song of Indiana in 1913.

“It is astonishing how many notable and world-renowned cultural figures Terre Haute has produced. These are our people, they represent our heritage, and we should claim them and celebrate them. The Cultural Trail is designed to do that,” said Kramer.

Since 2003, Art Spaces has partnered with other organizations in the community to build a unique collection of public art throughout the community with a particular emphasis on the revitalization of downtown Terre Haute.

“100+ Women Who Care is proud to be a part of building the Cultural Trail. Art Spaces has done a fantastic job of developing Terre Haute’s public art collection while also bringing attention to our community’s rich history,” said Teresa Exline, co-founder of the local 100+ Women Who Care chapter.

This is the second community grant awarded by 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County, a group formed earlier this year to provide female philanthropists with opportunities to support local charitable organizations in a significant way. The group now has more than 200 members. Its first grant of $17,200 was awarded in February to the Council on Domestic Abuse for upgrades to its emergency shelter. At each quarterly meeting, members are allowed to submit an organization for which they would like to advocate. Three names are drawn and each woman has five minutes to present the organization and why it should receive the group’s support. The members vote, and one organization is selected to receive the funds that come from each member paying $100 per meeting. Members also pay a $100 annual membership fee that goes to an endowment fund for future grants.

“It is amazing how quickly our membership has grown. Vigo County is blessed to have many caring women in our community. It is great to see this new organization making such an impact so quickly,” said co-founder Beth Tevlin, executive director of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

More information on Art Spaces is available at: http://www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com/.

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