Women’s group donates $10,000

Representatives of 100 Women Who Care present their first award to the Gloversville Children’s Backpack Program. From left are Brian DiPasquale, principal of Park Terrace Elementary School; Amy Karas and Holly Chamberlin of 100 Women Who Care; Stephanie Cook, adviser/coordinator of Backpack Program; Rob DeLilli, interim superintendent of Gloversville Schools; and Paula Brown-Weinstock of the Gloversville Board of Education. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Volunteers for a Gloversville program distributing food backpacks for kids have expressed appreciation for a recent combined donation of $10,000 from a new nonprofit alliance of local women.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous gift that allows us to provide much needed weekend meals for Gloversville children,” said program coordinator Stephanie Cook.

The donation was made by a new community organization called 100 Women Who Care of the Adirondack Foothills. The group of local women supports the innovative concept of “collective philanthropy.” Its next meeting will be held on Aug. 9 at 1 N. Market St. in Johnstown.

100 Women Who Care of the Adirondack Foothills includes women from Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties. The members have pledged to join together four times a year to choose an area charity and donate $100 each. One of the group founders, Amy Karas stated, “Our first meeting was a great success and demonstrates how motivated local women are to combine our donations and really make a difference.”

The local organization is part of a national alliance started in 2006 in Jackson, Mich. The alliance has grown to include more than 350 chapters throughout the country and across the globe. The idea to form a local group came from Karas, Audrey Kline, Patricia Beck, Marj Kline and Holly Chamberlin, who devised the plan in January of this year.

“This organization is for many types of women — busy professional women as well as those who just want to learn more about great things that are happening in our community. In one hour we heard presentations from three nonprofits and we voted for our individual choice. We pool our $100 donations and the result is a substantial gift to a deserving organization,” said Patricia Beck.

One of the key attractions of the 100 Women Who Care group is the requirement for short, concise meetings that occur only four times each year. They are scheduled in the early evening and the 60-minute time limit is strictly enforced.

“We want to keep the business part of our meetings short and to-the-point for those with other demands of their time. But many of our members enjoy the chance to continue socializing on their own afterwards,” stated Beck.

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Aug. 9, at St. John’s in downtown Johnstown. Registration is at 5 p.m., and the meeting begins promptly at 5:30 pm and will be completed by 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about 100 Women Who Care at the website www.100womenadk.org or visit the group’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/100womenadk. Organizers say that they already have more than 100 women and are now aiming toward a goal of 200 members. Membership forms can be found on the website or interested individuals can send an email to 100womenadk@gmail.com. Area nonprofit organizations wishing to be considered by the group can find the criteria and a charity application on the website.