WESTFORD —While attending a recent 100 Women Who Care Greater Westford meeting, you may notice more attendees in the audience than usual.
That is because they have grown to include 150 members since last year.
“100 [members] is a goal, and anything above that is wonderful,” co-founder Andrea Imbiraco said.
Each member donates $100 to be given to one of three charities randomly nominated through their shared donor pool. With 150 members, the group raised $13,800 in total. However, they still chose one charity to award $10,000 and split the excess money between the remaining two.
The organization was also invited to participate with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Through this, their winning charity can receive an additional $5,000 grant.
“He [Richard Schulze] has collaborated with the 100 [Who Care] Alliance, which we’re a part of. Then we were identified and selected as one of the giving circles to participate,” Imbriaco said.
100 Women Who Care met for their sixth meeting on June 7 at Salut! Wine Bar in Littleton.
This meeting recognized Nashoba Neighbors, PACH Outreach, and Westford Rotary as its three charities. It also collected kids’ underwear to donate to Cocotree Kids. School supplies, food, and feminine hygiene products have been collected at previous meetings.
Members voted for Westford Rotary, and its president Mary Foerster was presented with a check at the end of the evening. $3,800 will be split between Nashoba Neighbors and PACH Outreach.
“The award will support the club’s program plans and activities for the 2023-2024 year,” Foerster said in a statement to WestfordCAT. “Westford Rotary is so grateful.”
100 Women Who Care hopes to continue highlighting local charities and growing membership.
“When people come here and talk to us about the charities you’ll see people crying for the stories and then you’ll see people laughing. It’s just moments of humanity in these meetings,” Imbriaco said.
She added, “it just feels really good to know that we are making a difference within our communities.”
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 and here.