March 23, 2018 – PETERBOROUGH – The inaugural meeting of 100 Women Peterborough on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, saw Hospice Peterborough selected as the recipient of the generous donation of $12,000.

More than 100 women have made a huge difference to the lives of those living with life-threatening illness and grief!

“We are absolutely delighted to have such a wonderful community of women who will help us make a positive impact on our clients and their families,” says Linda Sunderland, Executive Director, Hospice Peterborough, “We are truly honoured and thank 100 Women Peterborough for selecting us as the first recipient your funding.”

These funds will help outfit the integrated arts space at the new Hospice Peterborough Care Centre, set to open in early 2019. This room will offer children and their families a welcoming, safe and peaceful space where they can find comfort and strength to begin to heal through art, music, play therapy, mindful meditation and more.

Organizers Wendy Hill, Catia Skinner, Alyssa Stewart and Rosalea Terry, launched 100 Women Peterborough with the vision of helping local community causes. 100 Women Peterborough will meet with the group four times a year to select non-profit organizations and charities in Peterborough to receive $10,000 annually.

Thank you to all the members of 100 Women Peterborough who are making a difference in our community and who will continue to demonstrate the power of women working together.

 

For further information contact:

Alison Casey, Hospice Peterborough

P: (705) 742-4042 F: (705) 742-0064

acasey@hospicepeterborough.org

 

ABOUT HOSPICE PETERBOROUGH – Since 1988, Hospice Peterborough has created a safe, comfortable, home-like environment for clients, staff and volunteers. Hospice staff and volunteers actively listen and offer non-judgmental support and respect for personal choice regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ability, age, socio-economic or cultural background, or type and stage of life threatening illness or grief. Twenty-five programs and services are offered free of charge to residents of all ages living in the City and County of Peterborough.

 

February 8, 2018 – Peterborough, Ontario – Four local women have come together to launch 100 Women Peterborough – a group to encourage women’s involvement in philanthropic endeavors in the Peterborough community.

100 Women Peterborough, founded by Wendy Hill, Catia Skinner, Alyssa Stewart and Rosalea Terry, aims to bring 100 women together to make a collective impact. The idea was inspired by other groups in similar communities and the men’s group in Peterborough which launched in 2017. The four women came together to let others know that they can make a difference.

“It is often difficult to know if a smaller, individual donation can make a difference,” says Catia Skinner. “However, when multiple people donate at the same time it can impact an organization significantly.”

The concept of 100 Women Peterborough is simple: four times a year, one hundred Peterborough women will gather to hear presentations from three selected, predetermined non-profits/charities in the region about projects for which they are seeking funds. After listening to the organizations, the women will place their blank $100 cheque into the organization’s box to vote. The organization that receives the most votes will receive the total amount of $10,000.

The first 100 Women Who Care group was formed in November 2006 by Karen Dunigan in the USA as a simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities. At their first one hour meeting, the group of over 100 women raise over $10,000 which went toward the purchase of 300 new baby cribs for a local Family Health Centre in their city.

Today, there are over 83 chapters in North America including a dozen or so in Canada.

The Peterborough event will take place once a quarter and host a total of twelve organizations to vie for the women’s votes throughout the year. The first event is set to take place early this year.

Members commit to donate one hundred dollars at each of the four events hosted throughout the year. The aim is to help women learn about the multitude of different causes in the community, help people in need and join other like-minded women to empower and multiply the impact of their contributions.

“Many people hope to make large-scale donations to individual causes, however sometimes that can be beyond an individual’s means,” says Catia Skinner. “This organized group means that individuals can come together to create a larger impact.”

One hundred percent of the funds raised by the membership will be donated to four non-profit organizations determined by the membership throughout the year.

Women that are interested in joining the group are encouraged to reach out via the website: www.100womenptbo.ca