WESTFORD — Following success of their first gathering in March, 100 Women Who Care Greater Westford, banded together to support three more local non-profit organizations. Their second quarterly meeting was held at Bamboo restaurant.
The group of women previously raised $7,808 for Live for Liv, a non-profit organization that offers support to survivors of domestic violence. Each member donates $100 to be given to one of three charities that are randomly nominated through a shared donor pool.
“We had a great turn out [last meeting] and many positive reviews […] At the end of the day “100 Women Who Care” belongs to the entire membership, and its legacy will become what they make of it,” said Andrea Imbiraco, one of the founders of “100 Women”.
Since March, 100 Women has grown to 94 members. This meeting consisted of many new faces, including recent members and those simply curious about the organization.
“It’s a great cause. Something as simple as a $100 can go a long way. This is a great way [to give back to the community]. All of these strong women are getting together and making a difference,” said Padma Sonti, a new member of 100 Women.
This meeting recognized the Greater Lowell Children’s Fund, Westford Remembers, and the Westford Rotary Club. Members voted for the Greater Lowell Children’s Fund, which was presented with a check of $9,400 at the end of the evening.
Founded in 2018, the Greater Lowell Children’s fund is a new organization dedicated to helping children in the foster care system. The money awarded to them by 100 Women will pay for enrichment activities, driving lessons, sports equipment, summer camps, and school field trips.
The funds will also cover any necessities that are needed for the children and teenagers throughout the year.
“I am very excited and grateful because we do need this money. Our money goes directly to the kids and we have been advocating at so many events trying to get the funding we need […] We are so happy to have been invited and nominated,” said Kayla McGrath, a hotline worker for the Greater Lowell Children’s Fund.
The remaining two charities will be re-entered into the donor pool as potential nominees for future meetings. The founders of 100 Women feel pleased with all that they have accomplished so far as an organization, and are looking forward to what’s to come.
“I want to make it big. Forget about 100 women, let’s make it 1000 women!” said Mary McCauley, one of the founders of “100 Women”.
The group’s next meeting has yet to be announced. Women in the Greater Westford MA area are encouraged to join and use their voice to aid “100 Women Who Care, Greater Westford” in their work.
Read previous coverage on 100 Women Who Care, Greater Westford here.
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