Submitted by Sara White, co-chair/secretary
Trio of firsts, as 100+ Who Care Giving Group re-launches outreach effort
The new and improved 100-Plus Who Care Giving Group Annapolis Valley met March 11 in a virtual format, but celebrating recent changes as a community giving circle.
With the first meeting of 2021, the 100+ group tested out Zoom in its fourth virtual quarterly meeting, sharing pre-recorded videos from three nominated non-profit projects and having the chance to chat and see each other in the multi-screen format. This meeting also streamed over the group’s Facebook Page.
Even more exciting, this was the first meeting held since the 100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley approved a name and membership change, a new logo, got to work updating its online presence and invited new members and friends from the former Annapolis Valley 100 Men who Give a Damn to join in.
As expected, and as part of the technological learning curve that has been life in a virtual meeting world, the March 11 meeting had a few hitches but, in the end, members had the opportunity to hear from the Posse Project, L’Arche Homefires and CentreStage Theatre on each group’s programs.
The POSSE Project, operating through Windsor, West Hants and Sipekne’katik communities; offers training to youth – who often turn to their own friends when they need help – in first aid and mental health first aid, and resources to help point friends to food, employment skills, housing and safe spaces.
L’Arche Homefires shared a video of adult program participants waiting for spring, and described some of the activities they’d like to add to common and backyard outdoor spaces, as many have been confined close to home over the past year. Basketball nets, patio furniture, BBQs, garden spaces, games, decking and ramps and more were on their wish list.
CentreStage volunteers acted their presentation in several skits, highlighting a project to buy hearing support technology for theatre-goers.
Online voting determined CentreStage as the 100+ group’s financial recipient, with the Posse Project and L’Arche Homefires both receiving Rewind 89.3 advertising promotional support to help them in their work.
The 100+ Who Care Giving Group Annapolis Valley will return to in-person meetings as soon as it is safe to do so, typically hosted at the ballroom in Mainstreet Station, Kentville, with the next meeting planned for June 10. The group meets quarterly to hear from three member-nominated community non-profit groups. After five-minute presentations from each organization, members vote on which group will be the recipient of each member’s $100 donation. New members are welcome. Visit 100valleygiving.ca for information on past non-profit recipients, joining details and upcoming events.
How to Donate
Please donate online using the fundraising page we’ve created:
Or donate by mail to:
CentreStage Theatre Society, PO Box 742, Kentville, NS B4N 3X9.
Please be sure to write “100 Who Care” in the subject line of your cheque so that CentreStage knows your donation is part of our group. You can also include a self-addressed stamped envelope to help reduce their mailing costs.
Miss the meeting? You are welcome to watch the Zoom recording anytime. Please remember members commit to donate to the chosen charity regardless of whether or not you attended.