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Our next 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz meeting is on Wednesday, June 6th, 2014

The meeting is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm but we welcome everyone to come meet and mingle from 5:30 to 6:30. We meet at the Center Street Grill, 1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA. Hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, be sure to send someone with your check or plan on sending your check in after the meeting.

You don’t need to RSVP, but if you’d like to let others know you’re going, please visit the 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz Facebook page and RSVP to our event there and/or share the event on your Facebook page. As always, we welcome new members or those who want to come and experience a meeting before joining. Be sure to bring your check for $100!

Following is the list of causes that have been nominated for the next meeting. Three of these names will be drawn from a box containing all the names and we will hear a five-minute presentation about the three that are selected. Remember, a 100 Women Who Care member must be at the meeting to represent the organization or we have to pick another name. It’s very important that you attend the meeting if there’s a cause you want us to support!

  1. Arts Council Santa Cruz County

  2. Beach Flats Community Center*

  3. The Beat Within*

  4. Big Brothers, Big Sisters

  5. Birch Bark Foundation

  6. Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz*

  7. Bread for the Journey of Santa Cruz County*

  8. Breakaway College Access Program

  9. Camp Kesem

  10. CASA of Santa Cruz

  11. Catamaran Literary Reader

  12. Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition**

  13. Cindy’s Celebrations

  14. Coastal Watershed Council

  15. Dientes Community Dental Care

  16. The Diversity Center**

  17. Diversity Center/Triangle Speakers*

  18. Employment & Community Options

  19. Finding Sophia

  20. Food, What?

  21. For Kids Foundation, Monterey Bay

  22. Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

  23. Gemma, a project of the Community Action Board

  24. Good Times Community Fund*

  25. Haven of Hope

  26. Healthy Kids of Santa Cruz County

  27. Helping Hands Senior Home Repair Program

  28. Homeless Services Center

  29. Hospice of Santa Cruz County

  30. Imagine Supported Living Services

  31. Janus of Santa Cruz

  32. KidPower

  33. Lightfoot Industries*

  34. The Literacy Program

  35. Mini Mermaid Running Club

  36. Nourishing Generations Educational Project

  37. Oceanseed Project

  38. Pajaro Rescue Mission*

  39. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte - Santa Cruz

  40. Positive Discipline Community Resources

  41. Pregnant Mare Rescue

  42. Project Bike Trip

  43. Regional Artisans Association

  44. Rising International

  45. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History**

  46. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre*

  47. Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Activity League

  48. Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support - Shingu

  49. Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center - PAPAS Program

  50. Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center - Santa Cruz AIDS Program

  51. Santa Cruz Education Foundation

  52. Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center

  53. Save Our Shores*

  54. Scotts Valley Artisans

  55. Soroptimist International of Capitola by the Sea

  56. Special Parents Information Network (SPIN)

  57. STEAM POWER After School Program

  58. Survivors Healing Center*

  59. Trips for Kids Santa Cruz*

  60. UCSC Dreamweavers

  61. Walnut Avenue Women’s Shelter

  62. Watsonville Wetlands Watch

  63. WEST Performing Arts*

  64. WomenCARE*

  65. Women’s Crisis Support - Defensa de Mujeres

  66. Young at Heart Project*


***If a name is pulled and no one is there to speak about the group, the name gets a star next to it. When a group has three stars, the name is removed from the box. The stars next to each name indicate the number of times the organization’s name was drawn but there was no member at the meeting to speak about the group.

If you would like to nominate a local non-profit, charity, or worthy cause that is not on the list above, please fax Charitable Organization Fact Sheet to 831-688-8181 at least two days before the next meeting. If you have previously nominated a cause and it doesn’t appear on this list, please fax a new Charitable Organization Fact Sheet so we can update our records. Thanks!

Who has received donations from 100+ Women Who Care Santa Cruz so far:

  1. Jan. 2014Court Appointed Special Advocates    $8,400

  2. Dec. 2013Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services$7,200

  3. Sept. 2013Homeless Garden Women's Organic Flower Enterprise$5,625

  4. June 2013Teen Kitchen Project$7,800

  5. March 2013Branciforte Middle School Digital Media Center Lab$7,800

  6. March 2013Santa Cruz Police Officers   $600

  7. Dec. 2012Transition Age Youth Programs $8,400

  8. Sept. 2012Horse and Heart$8,200

  9. June 2012Camp Opportunity$6,200

  10. March2012Finding Sophia - Mini Mermaids$7,100

  11. Dec. 2011Women’s Crisis Support - Defensa de Mujeres$7,000

  12. Sept. 2011Y.E.S. School $5,400

  13. June 2011Court Appointed Special Advocates$5,700

  14. March 2011Families in Transition of Santa Cruz County $5,900

  15. Dec. 2010Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services$4,700

  16. Sept. 2010Walnut Avenue Women’s Center$4,500

  17. June 2010Second Harvest Food Bank$3,000

  18. March 2010Diversity Center$3,400

  19. Dec. 2009Mini Mermaids$2,100


TOTAL   $108,625


March 5, 2014


In March, we met, again, at the beautiful Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz. The group voted to donate the $7,400 collected at the meeting to CASA, an organization that provides support to neglected, abused, or abandoned children. It was one of the closest votes ever, with the Literacy Program and Diversity Center garnering almost as many votes. Some of the generous women at the meeting gave to one of these organizations in addition to their donation to CASA. 

If you missed the meeting, didn’t send anyone in with your check, or just forgot to bring your check, please mail your $100 check made out to “CASA” to our treasurer, Diane Lamotte, 604 Middlefield Drive, Aptos CA 95003.

Those of you who were at the meeting may have had a chance to speak with Jennifer Pittman from the Santa Cruz Sentinel. She wrote a wonderful story about our group and it's live on the Sentinel site. Take a look when you get a chance! We've already heard from some women who heard about our group for the first time when they read the article. 


December 4, 2013


On December 4, 2013, we donated $7,200 to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services. Since 1998, Jacob’s Heart has served nearly 500 families who have heard the devastating words, “your child has cancer.” Through the years we have celebrated remission for hundreds of children, and we have grieved with families at the loss of a precious child. Through it all, we remain steadfast in our mission; our reason for existence, an unwavering dedication to improving the quality of life for each child by providing support to parents and families.


September 4, 2013


On September 4, 2013, we donated $5,625 to the Homeless Garden Project Women's Organic Flower Enterprise (WOFE). At WOFE, trainees create gift products using raw materials grown by trainees on the organic farm while providing individuals meaningful work. All revenue from WOFE product sales returns to the program. WOFE allows trainees year-round transitional employment, provides training in job skills, raises self-esteem and confidence and works to replace the isolation that homelessness may bring with a community of support.

With this latest donation, the total that we’ve raised for groups here in Santa Cruz reached $93,025! Look what a great group of generous and thoughtful women can do when they put their minds to it!

If you missed the meeting, didn’t send anyone in with your check, or just forgot to bring your check, please mail your $100 check made out to “Homeless Garden Project” to: Diane Lamotte, 604 Middlefield Drive, Aptos CA 95003.




June 5, 2013

On June 5, 2013, we donated $7,800 to Teen Kitchen Project. Teen Kitchen Project helps make a difference for families in crisis due to life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. The Teen Kitchen Project is a nonprofit organization that brings young people into the kitchen to learn to cook delicious and nourishing food. The meals they prepare are delivered free of charge to individuals and families who are in crisis due to a life-threatening illness like cancer. The teens gain skills in cooking healthy food, learn about the impact of their food choices, and are offered an opportunity to build connections through community service.



March 6, 2013

About 75 members and guests met at the Center Street Grill and heard presentations from representatives from Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Santa Cruz Police Officers Association and Branciforte Middle School Digital Media Center Lab. The group voted on which of these great causes to support, and the group selected Branciforte Middle School Digital Media Center Lab for our $7,800 donation.


The group also gathered more than $600 in donations for the fallen Santa Cruz Police Officers.


The Branciforte Technology Committee, along with the B40 staff and Home and School Club envision a space at the school where ALL students will have access to technology. It will be a place where students, parents, and community members can embrace 21st century learning together.


Project Update:

Branciforte Middle School, 315 Poplar St., hosted a grand opening celebration for its Innovation Center on Dec. 5, 2013. The long-awaited center was built using time, money and materials from Santa Cruz City Schools and the community. The center features new carpet, windows, electrical and Internet lines, paint, furniture and technology thanks to the efforts of many, including students, the Home and School Club, 100 Women Who Care-Santa Cruz, parents and Plantronics.

 




December 5, 2012

About 100 members and guests met at the Center Street Grill and heard presentations from representatives from KidPower, Transition Age Youth Programs, and the Homeless Garden Project. The group voted on which of these great causes to support, and the group selected Transition Age Youth Programs for our $8,400 donation. That brings the total of donations we've made to deserving causes in Santa Cruz County to more than $71,000!

 

Transition Age Youth Programs serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24. They provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills building, a resource center, and subsidized supportive housing. Their mission is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood. They are part of the Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center.


September 5, 2012

We heard presentations from representatives from The Literacy Program of Santa Cruz, Planned Parenthood, and Horse and Heart. The group voted on which of these great causes to support, and the group selected Horse and Heart for our $8,200 donation.

 

Horse and Heart provides opportunities for youth to develop relationships with horses to help tackle challenging issues and obstacles with an attitude of curiosity and respect. The money that 100 Women Who Care donates will go to pay for scholarships for children in the yearlong and summer programs at Horse and Heart.

 

June 6, 2012

In June, we met at the Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz. It was a beautiful night and we enjoyed sangria, we welcomed new members to our group, and caught up with returning friends.

We heard presentations from representatives from Camp Opportunity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Lightfoot Industries. The group voted on which of these great causes to support, and the group selected Camp Opportunity. We gave the summer camp program for foster children in Santa Cruz $6,200.


Since 1989, hundreds of children have benefited from stays at Camp Opportunity. Campers are ages 8 to 13, and come from families facing serious issues such as substance abuse and family violence and all are at risk of abuse or neglect. Most of the children have been or are currently in foster care. Whatever the specific background, there is one common thread in all of these young people's lives: they all need a place like Camp Opportunity. The money that 100 Women Who Care donated will go to providing camp equipment, facility rental, and supervision for the 200 Santa Cruz children who get to enjoy this wonderful opportunity this summer.

Check out the great photos of 2012 Camp Opportunity on their Facebook page!




March 7, 2012

In March, we met at the Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz. We welcomed 20 new members to our group, along with welcoming back many who were at our first meeting just over two years ago.

We heard presentations from representatives from Finding Sophia, Mountain Community Resources, and Gemma. The group voted on which of these great causes to support, and the group selected Finding Sophia - Mini Mermaids. We gave the afterschool running club for elementary school-aged girls $7,100, including checks we’ve received since the event.




December 7, 2011

Our December meeting was held once again at the beautiful Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz.


We heard really great and moving presentations from representatives from Santa Cruz Teen Center, Survivors Healing Center, Women’s Crisis Support - Defensa de Mujeres. The group voted on which of these great causes to support, and the group selected Women’s Crisis Support - Defensa de Mujeres. We gave the Rape Crisis Center and Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter $7,000 including $1,600 that has been mailed in since the meeting.* Thanks to all the new women who showed up to experience this fun and effective evening with us! It’s great to see our money going to work to help those in need right here in Santa Cruz County!




Diane hands the purple bag of checks to Women’s Crisis Support - Defensa de Mujeres


September 7, 2011

100 Women Who Care gives $5,400 to Y.E.S. School

Our fall meeting was held at the beautiful Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz.

We heard from representatives from the Adolfo Family, Finding Sophia, and Y.E.S School. The group voted on which of these great causes to support, and the group selected Y.E.S. School.



Sandy hands the purple bag of checks to Y.E.S. School


June 1, 2011

100 Women Who Care gives $5,700 to CASA

Our summer meeting was held at the beautiful Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz.

We heard from representatives from the Adolfo Family, Friends of Santa Cruz County Animals, and CASA. The group voted on which of these great causes to support, and the group selected CASA.




Sandy hands the purple bag of checks to CASA


March 2, 2011

100 Women Who Care gives $5,900 to Families in Transition of Santa Cruz County

Our spring meeting was held at the beautiful Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz.

We heard from representatives from Gemma, a project of the Community Action Board, Families in Transition of Santa Cruz County, and Lightfoot Industries. The group voted on which of these great causes to support, and the group selected Families in Transition.



Diane hands the purple bag of checks to Victoria Regan of Families in Transition of Santa Cruz County


December 1, 2010

100 Women Who Care gives $4,700 to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services

Our winter meeting was held at the Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz. The restaurant welcomed us with beautiful holiday decorations and delicious food and wine.

We heard from representatives from Finding Sophia, Jacob’s Heart, and the Homeless Garden Project. The group voted on which charity to support this fall, and the group selected Jacob’s Heart.



Mary delivers the checks for $4,400 to Susan Osorio, Executive Director of Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services.


Check out photos from the December meeting!


September 1, 2010

100 Women Who Care gives $4,500 to the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center

Our fall meeting was September 1, 2010 at 99 Bottles of Beer Restaurant & Pub at 100 Walnut Street in downtown Santa Cruz. We had a great time catching up with new and returning members!

 

We first heard from Nikira about what a great time the kids had at Queer Camp this summer, in part due to our donation last March to the Diversity Center. It was great hearing that our donation made a difference in the lives of these kids right here in Santa Cruz.

   

We heard from representatives from Save Our Shores, The Walnut Avenue Women’s Shelter, and Finding Sophia. The group voted on which charity to support this fall, and one hour later the group donated $4,500 to the Walnut Avenue Women’s Shelter.




Sandy delivers the checks for $4,500 to the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center.

(L-R) Gloria Quiroz, Jennifer O'Brien Rojo, Mary Rivera, Cita Rasul, Sandy Skees


See the 100 Women Who Care Facebook page for more photos.


June 2, 2010

100 Women Who Care gives $3,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank




On Wednesday, June 2, more than twenty women gathered for the spring 100 Women Who Care-Santa Cruz giving circle meeting. Each came with a blank $100 check, plus a few women brought checks from friends who were unable to attend the meeting.




They heard from representatives from Second Harvest Food Bank, The Walnut Avenue Women’s Shelter, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. The group voted on which charity to support this spring, and one hour later the group donated $3,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank.


 


Jeanette Hager, Accounting Coordinator for Second Harvest Food Bank, picked up the Spring 2010 donation from Stacy Nagel, who spoke on behalf of the organization at the 100 Women Who Care meeting. Hager was thrilled at such a large donation. The food bank is struggling as spring and summer are traditionally low-donation times. "Everyone thinks of donating to the food bank during the fall holiday drives, but in the summer the food bank picks up where school lunch programs leave off and there is spike in the need for healthy children's lunches," said Hager.




Hager was also happy to hear that the giving circle considered donating to Walnut Avenue Women's Shelter and wanted to report that Second Harvest provides food to the shelter, so 100 Women Who Care actually helped both charities with their donation. The $3,000 donation provided 15,000 meals, which is approximately three months of food at Second Harvest, and if one person were to eat all 15,000 meals that person would be fed three meals a day for almost 14 years.




"100 Women Who Care made an incredible difference in the Santa Cruz community this week," said Nagel. Hager gave Nagel a huge hug and asked her to share it with the entire giving circle. To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank, visit http://www.thefoodbank.org/


100 Women Who Care welcomes new members at every meeting who want to help make a difference in our community. The fall meeting will be September 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm at 100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall Restaurant and Pub.


March 3, 2010

100 Women Who Care gives $3,400 to Diversity Center


The organizations selected at random at our March meeting were the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz's Queer Youth Scene, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and WEST Performing Arts in Santa Cruz. Representatives of the organizations spoke for about five minutes each. After a quick vote on Post-it notes, the Diversity Center was awarded the money, in the form of checks totaling $3,400. It will use the funds to expand its annual summer camp for gay teens.

Cynthia Druley, who nominated and spoke on behalf of the Diversity Center, said she came to the meeting because it seemed like a way to create a significant difference in the community. She didn't expect the organization that she nominated to win, she said.

"I'm totally shocked and surprised that the organization I nominated won this," Druley said. "This can probably come pretty close to funding the entire camp, and it all happened within an hour."

Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 5, 2010


Women Who Care gives $3,400 to Diversity Center

By Jory John


SANTA CRUZ, CA -- A gathering of 100 Women Who Care, a philanthropic grass-roots organization, met at the University Inn & Conference Center in Santa Cruz, Wednesday evening. The idea behind the gathering was to get 100 women to each write $100 checks, thereby providing $10,000 to a selected local charity or cause.

The organization started in Michigan in 2005 and has expanded nationally in the last five years. Many of the 34 Santa Cruz County women in attendance nominated various local nonprofits and causes, which were written on pieces of paper and placed in a box. Three charities were then chosen out of the box at random. Nominators were allotted five minutes to make their cases, explaining how the money, if provided, would be put to good use.

The organizations selected were the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz's Queer Youth Scene, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and WEST Performing Arts in Santa Cruz. Representatives of the organizations spoke for about five minutes each. After a quick vote on Post-it notes, the Diversity Center was awarded the money, in the form of checks totaling $3,400. It will use the funds to expand its annual summer camp for gay teens.

Sandy Skees -- who started the Santa Cruz chapter of 100 Women Who Care and is the president and founder of Communications4Good, a public relations company -- said she is trying to build a network of women who care about local charities. She plans on continuing to spread the word and hopes todouble the size of the group by the next meeting, in June.

"Our goal is to get 100 women who care, who will meet four times a year and, every time, give $10,000 to a local organization," she said. "It doesn't necessarily have to be a 501c3. The money is for local needs, here in our community. We all agree that regardless of who wins, you will write your check to that. We're all in this together."

Skees said that the group is a giving circle, not a foundation. "It's pretty informal," she said. "There's a distinction in that this will be a one-time donation."

Cynthia Druley, who nominated and spoke on behalf of the Diversity Center, said she came to the meeting because it seemed like a way to create a significant difference in the community. She didn't expect the organization that she nominated to win, she said.

"I'm totally shocked and surprised that the organization I nominated won this," Druley said. "This can probably come pretty close to funding the entire camp, and it all happened within an hour."

Helene Isherwood, a Santa Cruz resident, said she had never been to a meeting that had gotten so much done in such a short amount of time. "I was looking for a way to have my money be multiplied," Isherwood said. "I found out that there's a lot of organizations out there doing good work, and this is a way they can get funded, in a time when there are very few funds available."

Lynn Hummer, founder of the nonprofit Pregnant Mare Rescue, said she came to the meeting because she's a fan of the concept.

"It's a great support system," Hummer said. "It's run really well, really efficiently, and to the point."

For information, contact organizer Sandy Skees at 332-4387 or e-mail her at sandy@communications4good.com.


December 2, 2009

100 Women Who Care gives $2,100 to Mini Mermaids


The causes selected at our inaugural meeting were Mini Mermaids, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and The Eric Drew Foundation. The group voted to make this quarter’s donation to Mini Mermaids, an after-school running program, based at Del Mar Elementary School in Live Oak, for girls in second to sixth grade.

The program's coordinators, Heidi Boynton and Trish Ward, left the meeting with $2,100 in donations that the group will use to buy shoes and equipment.

Heidi sent a nice note to follow up with 100 Women Who Care after the meeting. "It was such a pleasure meeting you guys last month. I have told many of my friends about 100WWC and hope to have some along for the March meeting.

I am happy to report that everything is moving ahead for the running club. I was just in Los Angeles last weekend picking up shoes for the girls. We are starting the club on March 2nd and it looks like it will be 30 girls to start with. With the funds that came from 100WWC, we will be able to get the rest of the shoes that might be needed, order t-shirts and take the girls to some college women's events.

We are really looking forward to a great program and have many hands on deck in the community to bring it all together."


Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 27, 2009

Name Dropping, Dec. 27, 2009: Women Who Care donate to Mini Mermaids

Sentinel staff report


On Dec. 2, 21 women gathered for the first 100-plus Women Who Care Santa Cruz meeting, each bringing a blank check for $100. After hearing five-minute presentations from three nominated charities, the group voted to make a donation to Mini Mermaids, an after-school running program, based at Del Mar Elementary School in Live Oak, for girls in second to sixth grade.

The program's coordinators, Heidi Boynton and Trish Ward, left the meeting with $2,100 in donations that the group will use to buy shoes and equipment. Originally started in 2005 in Michigan, the Women Who Care grass-roots fundraising effort is spreading to cities across the U.S. Sandy Skees brought the idea to Santa Cruz after visiting her mother in Ohio.

The Santa Cruz chapter is seeking additional members beyond the inaugural 21 to commit to writing a $100 check four times a year to support local nonprofits.

"The goal is to get 100 women, each donating $100, so that at each quarterly meeting, $10,000 goes to one local organization, "said treasurer Diane Lamotte.

Kirsti Scott, community relations liaison, said, "We believe that we can all make our world a better place. Our work begins in our homes, families and our communities. Working together with friends in the effort of doing good is rewarding and fun." For information on membership contact Mary Talpas at marytalpas@yahoo.com


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