THIS CHECK for $15,100 was presented to representatives of the ‘Baby Pantry’ on Wednesday, March 23 at the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Shiawassee County office from the 100 + Women Who Care of the Greater Owosso Area. On hand for the presentation were: (from left) Sue Ludington, 100 + Women representative; Lisa Hood, 100 + Women representative; Justina Miller, Child Abuse Prevention Council board member; Kevin Lenkart, CAPC board member; Ellen Lynch, Executive Director of CAPC; Jessica Thompson, President of CAPC Board; Becky Harnagle, 100 + Women representative and Cindy Schluckebier, 100 + Women representative.
Thompson had this to say about receiving the monies, “The generosity of these women in the community is overwhelming to say the least. This donation goes to help numerous children and families in need. That’s pretty powerful.” Another perspective shared by Lynch was, “The whole board at the Child Abuse Council is astounded. This donation will help us get through 2017 instead of our normal scramble for funds for at-risk mothers. This gives us comfort that we can give them what they need.”
Plans for the how the money will be spent at the Baby Pantry is now being considered. A sub-committee is being formed to seek out the best way to use the monies. Supplies will be better sustainable. Diapers are often the most needed item for those desiring assistance. Thompson added, “This is a big deal for us. We are also looking into finding matching grants which might be available.” There could also be funding available to expand educational classes for parents needing assistance.
Funds for this donation were received at the first meeting held by the 100 + Women’s group on Monday, Feb. 29. The group, which began forming in November of 2015 have now exceeded all of their own expectations and goals to become a group of 100 plus women strong. Their goal is to help at least three nonprofit organizations each year by having their members each write $100 checks at every meeting. Ludington and Hartnagle say this about the moment, “We are now energized and anxiously anticipating our next meeting,” when another substantial donation will be received for another local nonprofit organization. (Indepedent Photo/Elizabeth Wehman)