100-Plus Women host virtual meeting to continue gift-giving outreach
100-Plus Women Who Care Annapolis Valley held its third virtual meeting of 2020 December 10: “Not our favourite, but we will be sticking with this until we can meet in person again,” said co-chair Steph Sedgwick.
Members have been determined through a challenging year to continue their combined support to community groups. Three charities were invited to submit pre-recorded five-minute videos of their programs, and a package was shared on the the100-Plus Women’s Facebook page as the “meeting,” with online voting for the winner of the groups’ financial donation open for a 20-minute window afterwards.
Presenting December 10 were Big Brothers Big Sisters Annapolis Valley, The Portal Youth Outreach Association and the North Mountain Animal Sanctuary.
Group Donation Recipient: The Portal
The Portal, based in Kentville, was selected as the group’s chosen charity and will use its 100-Plus Women support to expand its homelessness prevention program targeting 12- to 15-year-olds from West Hants to Annapolis County. Currently offered as an afterschool program, The Portal would like to offer it year-round, and reach more community and municipal partners to address factors contributing to youth homelessness.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is preparing to celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2021, but is keen to expand matches between more “bigs” and “littles” through volunteer recruitment, screening and training, family enrollment and support, and funds for activities and events.
The North Mountain Animal Sanctuary, established in 2009 to protect farm animals in need of love and healthcare in a holistic and natural environment, is fundraising to build a small barn and expand its services. Both received K-Rock advertising promotional support to help them in their work.
The 100-Plus Women Who Care Annapolis Valley Chapter typically meets at Mainstreet Station in Kentville, with the next meeting planned for March 11. The group meets quarterly to hear from three member-nominated community non-profit groups. After five-minute presentations, members vote on which group will be the recipient of each member’s $100 donation. New members are welcome. Visit 100womenvalley.ca for information on past non-profit recipients, joining details and upcoming events.
Contact: Sara White, co-chair/ secretary
To honour your membership commitment, please donate online via the fundraising page created by 100+ Women here: DONATE ONLINE
Or mail your cheques as below:
The Portal Youth Outreach Centre, 440 Main Street, Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 1K8
*Please remember to put “100 Women Valley” in the subject line so they know you’re part of our group donation.
Miss the meeting? You can still watch the presentations here: