Home of Charities Impacted
******Because of the ongoing pandemic, our meetings will be held virtually as long as health organizations continue to call for masks, social distancing and social gatherings being restricted to 10 people and under. We look forward to being able to meet in person and miss seeing everyone at our quarterly meetings. Thank you for your continued support.****
Rolling Total of Donations Collected To-Date: $172,962.33
January 14, 2021
Our January 2021 virtual meeting began with an update from the Sandusky State Theatre – our charity from October 2020. The work on the State Theatre continues because of the July 2020 storm. Insurance will pay to restore the theatre to the way it was prior to the storm. Our donation will help to update and upgrade the theatre to enable bigger production companies to entertain at the State Theatre.
At our meeting we heard compelling presentations from three very committee members. There were Judy Cordova spoke for the Merry-Go-Round Museum; Sharon Barnes presented Kinship House and Keli Clark informed use about her home grown charity – Project Noelle. Our membership voted to support Project Noelle. The mission of Project Noelle is to help children that have been affected by the opioid crisis. They help the children and their families through various programs. The total collected for this organization was $9,850.00.
Thank you to all our members who continue to support our community, especially through this pandemic. We will meet in person once the local health organizations deem it possible to meet with no restrictions.
October 8, 2020
July 9, 2020
100 Women Who Care held our first virtual meeting due to corona virus. Thank you to Megan Clayburn for her Technical guidance in organizing this meeting. The Charities selected for presentation at this virtual meeting were: Meals on Wheels presented by Norma Wible, Sandusky Career Center School Practical of Nursing presented by Laura Lee Krabill and Roz Shepherd presented for Heartbeat of Sandusky. Heartbeat of Sandusky was voted to receive the donation for this meeting. Heartbeat of Sandusky is a pregnancy center dedicated to bringing hope, help and healing by giving emotional support and unconditional love. The amount awarded to this charity from 100 Women was $9600.00.
April 9, 2020
Due to coronavirus, 100 Women Who Care Erie County did not meet.
January 9, 2020
Our January meeting began with an update from Young Life, our charity that was awarded the donation in October 2019. Kim Springer and Carolyn Wiseman presented a video message from Dan Bender. the current head of Young Life in this area. Dan thanked 100 Women Who Care for the donation but was unable to attend because of a Young Life conference. The video also showed students enjoying Young Life activities and testimonials from several youth about how it impacts their lives. The donation they received will be used to hire an Assistant Director for Young Life. This will allow them to expand their membership to area schools.
The membership then heard from three charities drawn from the fishbowl. For January meeting the charities presented were Sandusky Imagination Library, presented by Anne McGookey; Kendra Faulkner spoke in support of OHGO; and Melissa Gundlach presented the Humane Society. All three charities have been awarded our donation in the past, but per our guidelines, it had been over one year. Our membership chose OHGO to be awarded the donation. The money will be used to fund food pantries at 3 Sandusky City Schools. The total donation for January 2020 to OHGO was $10,400.00.
October 10, 2019 Meeting
Happy 3rd Anniversary! Since our first meeting on October 11, 2016, 100+ Women Who Care in Erie County has donated $132,762.33 to worthy charities in our community. Thank you to all our members.
At our October meeting, we continued our tradition of hearing passionate members advocate for their worthy charities. Kim Springer presented in support of Young Life. Judy Smith and Margy Rutger presented for Back to the Wild, and Roz Ahner and Amy Didion spoke for the Chris Smith Memorial Fund. Our membership voted to donate to Young Life. The total awarded to Young Life was $10,050.00. Congratulations to Young Life!
July 12, 2019 Meeting
At our quarterly meeting on July 12, 2019, we heard from 3 nonprofit charities located in Erie County who presented their needs to the membership of the 100 Women Who Care.
Mary Ellen Hart spoke in support of Boys and Girls Club of Erie County, Kim Springer spoke for YoungLife, and Roz Ahner presented the Christopher Smith Memorial Charity. The membership chose THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF ERIE COUNTY. The total presented to the Boys and Girls club was $10,500.00.
We also welcomed 3 new members to our chapter of 100 Women Who Care of Erie County. We would also like to thank Nikki Hykes for her monetary contribution to 100 Women, which enabled us to furnish light appetizers before the meeting. Your donation is greatly appreciated Nikki! Anyone else wishing to donate for our organization’s miscellaneous expenses can speak to one of the 4 of us (Mary Ann, Pat, Linda, or Martha) at the meeting or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are an organization with no income stream, no bank accounts, and exist to serve the charitable needs of Erie County through the generous donations of our great membership.
April 11, 2019 Meeting
Our April meeting started with Sharon Barnes updating our membership on how Kinship House were using the funds given to them at our last meeting in January. She stated that the funds were being used to assist with the operating budget for Kinship House. She emphasized the important work that the staff provide, and highlighted the planned building improvements.
Then the 3 charities chosen to present at this meeting were: Serving Our Seniors, presented by Sue Dougherty; Cinderella’s Closet, presented by Ann Burr; and Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center, presented by Kara Groff Messenberg. All three of these charities presented are doing valuable work in our community.
The members selected SANDUSKY ARTISANS RECOVERY COMMUNITY CENTER as our charity to support in the second quarter. This charity, also known as SARCC, is a peer-driven, peer supported, grassroots nonprofit, bringing recovery to those with substance use and/or mental health disorders. We were happy to present $11,150 to this charity.
We also welcomed 7 new members to 100 Women Who Care in Erie County. Thank you for joining us to help our community.
January 10, 2019 Meeting
At our Jan 10, 2019 meeting, Melissa Gundlach updated our membership about the upgrading being done at the Humane Society to expand and make the facility better improved for the animals and their caretakers. Melissa gave examples of the success stories for animals being united with their forever families.
Three charities were then chosen for presenting that night: Firelands Area Young Life
Presented by Carolyn Wiseman, the Nehemiah Partners Center presented by Lisa Peterson and Kinship House presented by Sharon Barnes. Our members chose Kinship House as the recipient of this meeting’s donation. Kinship House provides children and their families a safe, child friendly, home-like environment for supervised visitation and exchanges. The professionals offer support, guidance and assistance to families facing crisis including divorce, abuse, domestic violence. The total collected for this charity was $11,100.00.
October 11, 2018 Meeting
At our Oct 11th meeting, OhGo updated our membership about how they used the funds from our donation from the July meeting. OhGo received a matching grant and will use the grant and our donation to buy a bus to strip and convert into a mobile pantry so the people will shop inside instead of in the elements. Thank you OhGo for your continued work in helping members of our community.
Then our members heard three compelling presentations. We also welcomed 10 new members to our group. What a great evening for 100 Women Who Care!
Jackie Clark spoke to us on behalf of Kinship, Norma Wible presented First Presbyterian Church Community Breakfast, and Melissa Gundlach spoke on behalf of Humane Society of Erie County. Our members voted to donate to the Humane Society. Our total donation given to the Humane Society was $10,250.00 and it will be matched from the Dorn Foundation to help with the building projects at the facility.
For more information on these worthy charities, please visit their websites:
Kinship – kinshipinc.info/
Website in process for First Presbyterian Church Community Breakfast
July 12, 2018 Meeting
We began our meeting hearing from Norma Wible, who updated us on how Care and Share used the donation from our April meeting. The big, walk-in freezer used to store food for their clients, broke shortly after we delivered the donated money to them. Therefore, most of the donation was used to fix the freezer. Norma was very grateful for the donation and felt it was a God moment.
We then heard from 3 local charities for our July meeting: Kim Springer spoke on behalf of Young Life Firelands Area. Melissa Gundlach presented The Humane Society of Erie County and Christine Boesch talked about OHgo. All three charities presented compelling information about their charities. The membership of 100 Women Who Care chose OHgo as the charity to receive the funds from this meeting. The total was $9,550.00. OHgo is a locally born charity that is committed to inspiring life-long contributors to society by facilitating acts of kindness within the community, delivering goods through a mobile service to disadvantaged families, and offering learning experiences within their local environments that encourages every individual to become a catalyst for positive change. The funds are needed to help convert a current bus into a handicap accessible bus.
April 12, 2018 Meeting
We started our April meeting with an update from the prior recipient of 100 Women Who Care’s membership donation. Roz Shepherd spoke on behalf of SCAASP. Part of our donation was used to bring Alec Simon to Sandusky High School and Middle School for a school assembly where he spoke on bullying. Other funds will be used for SCAASP’s Back to School Rally in August, 2018.
On Thursday, April 12, our members listened to three compelling and informative presentations. Ann Bur spoke on behalf of Cinderella’s Closet, Norma Wible spoke in support of Care and Share and Susan Murray presented Boys and Girls Club of Erie County. In the end, our members chose Care and Share as April’s chosen charity. The total presented to Care and Share was $9,700.00.
January 11, 2018 Meeting
At our Jan 11, 2018 meeting we heard from Peggy Miller, Cancer Services of Erie County, Oct 2017 recipient of the funds from 100 Women. Member, Kris Quartermaine, gave her testimonial to how gracious, kind and supportive the team from Cancer Services are to those who need support throughout their cancer journey.
The 3 presenters for our meeting were: Melissa Gundlach presenting the Humane Society of Erie Co; Sue Daughtery presenting Serving Our Seniors and Roz Shepherd from SCAASP.
This quarter, the membership chose to support SCAASP (Sandusky Churches Adopt A School Partnership). The organization works with area churches to support the city schools in various ways: classroom help, assistance with book fairs, teacher support and presenting a values program monthly at the high school. SCAASP’s biggest project is the Back to School Rally each August. At the rally, children are able to participate in various educational activities, free dental care screening and receive a free book bag filled with school supplies. There is no paid staff in the organization. Roz stated that the funds will be used for training and the supplies for the Back to School Rally. Part of this donation also went to a very timely high school/junior high school assembly about bullying presented by Elec Simon. The total presented to SCAASP was $10,000.
October 12, 2017 Meeting
At our meeting on Oct 12, 2017 we heard three powerful presentations: Gloria Gentry presented New Perspective Foundation, Lisa Peterson presented The Nehemiah Center and Peg Miller presented Cancer Services. Our members chose Cancer Services as the recipient for this meeting. The Total given to Cancer Services was $9,787.20.
Also, At this meeting, we celebrated our 1 year anniversary of 100 Women Who Care In Erie County. Thank you to all who attended and share our vision to empower women in Erie County to make an impact in the community we live in.
July 13, 2017 Meeting
Three interesting charities were presented at our July meeting:
Peggy Bertsch spoke on behalf of Erie County Special Olympics, Ann Bur presented Cinderella’s Closet, and Melissa Gundlach spoke for the Humane Society of Erie County.
The membership voted to support ERIE CO SPECIAL OLYMPICS and the donation total amount collected for this charity was $10,275.13. This charity is a private non-profit organization that provides athletic training and competition programs for mentally challenged citizens of Erie County.
April 13, 2017 Meeting
We heard from three interesting and informative presentations at this April meeting:
- Al’s Clinic – presented by Lori Schlessman
- SCAASP – presented by Nancy Kamp
- Firelands Symphony – presented by Cindy Hare
The members selected Al’s Clinic as the recipient of this meeting’s donation in the amount of $10,500. Al’s Clinic is a charity started by Lori and John Schlessman in memory of their son, Al, who was tragically killed on April 13, 2003 in an arson fire at an Ohio State University house. This charity was created to reach out to area youth, continuing Alan’s legacy and preserving his memory. The first Al’s Clinic became a reality only 3 months after his death, thanks to the tremendous support of the community. Now contributions are making sports affordable for Sandusky area youth. The family of Alan, continues to have the goal of teaching the youth new skills while putting smiles on their faces, as Al would have done.
Mr and Mrs Schlessman also established a scholarship fund in memory of their son, Alan. Consideration is given for leadership, academic competence and desire for higher education for participating in golf, basketball or tennis and peer programs.
Kendra’s House, Inc.
At our second meeting in January the three nominated charities were:
Boys and Girls Club of Erie County
Kendra’s House was chosen by the membership. Kendra’s House provides a safe, empowering home for at risk girls from 13-17 years of age who come from dysfunctional homes. These girls will be expected to work as a team and learn what a healthy family feels like. While attending school, volunteering in the community, receiving therapy, and setting goals for their future, these girls will be re-writing their stories. This will be the only residential home for at risk girls in Erie County and will certainly have a positive impact in our community. Kendra’s House received $10,100.
We consider our first meeting of 100 Women Who Care in Erie County a big success. Over 80 Erie County women joined this great organization to hear about three charities presented by members. These charities were: Back to the Wild presented by member, Martha Mariea, Make a Wish, presented by member, Amy Grant and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, presented by member, Anne McGookey.
The group selected The Imagination Library as the first selected charity to receive the donation from 100 Women Who Care in Erie County. Money and membership forms continued to flow in, and one week later we presented Anne McGookey and The Imagination Library with $10,000.
The Imagination Library is a project of the local Kiwanis Club of Sandusky with Anne McGookey leading this effort. The purpose is to supply 12 books a year to every Erie County child from age birth to 5 years of age. This program currently provides books to about 940 children a month in Sandusky and Perkins Township, but will expand soon to another 300 children in Castalia and Huron. This program is affiliated with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which subsidizes some of the cost of the books. The idea is supply books to every child regardless of the family’s income.