We had originally booked October 28, 2014 as our first meeting, but so many people had questions and wanted an open house format where they could get answers and learn about our organization, that we decided to move up the meeting to July 29th. We were thrilled with the turnout! We had 30 registered members at the start of the meeting and lots of visitors joined us. By the end of the evening, we had gained 10 more members and now have 40+ folks who are part of our growing giving circle which includes women and men from every walk of life…and even one very tiny person!
We kept the meeting format really loose, keeping the focus on learning about several local charities and our purpose. Lana Solberg and Gary Goertz, two of our volunteer team members, made introductions and facilitated the evening, and the relaxed format allowed everyone to ask questions along the way which allowed us to get and provide feedback. We will be integrating those suggestions as we continue to grow and evolve 100 People Who Care, keeping it a member-driven giving circle focused on funding local charities.
The core part of the evening was the charity presentations and three wonderful local organizations were well represented.
- YouCan Youth Services, providing employment options and life skills to youth-at-risk
- Crystal Kids, providing recreational opportunities for inner city children, youth and families
- Angels Anonymous, granting wishes to adults with terminal illness, to create a final memory
The presentations were all heartfelt and the presenting members clearly felt a connection with each of them. The presentation by Maryanne Wiebe was just that bit more passionate and touched members who voted to select Angels Anonymous as the first recipient of our collective donation. (Click here to read more about Angels Anonymous from our visit with Wendy Grahl, their executive director.)
At each meeting we will be introduced to a local organization that may need funding, promotion or who is just getting started and is looking for a chance to introduce their work to our community. IWARS (Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society) spoke of the many animals they have rescued, rehabilitated and place dogs, cats and other small animals in their forever homes.
Thank you to everyone for coming out and those members who couldn’t make it – we look forward to seeing you on October 28th! Registration is now open via EventBrite – click here for the link.