Many hands make light work, and many hearts make a big difference. 100+ Women Who Care About Snohomish County is an organization that operates on the simple idea that if a minimum of 100 women each donate $100 to a nonprofit, that totals $10,000 going to a good cause.
100 Women Who Care is a nation-wide movement and each chapter has the goal of supporting their local nonprofits and to keep the donations working for the community. Started in 2006 in Michigan, the first collaborative donation was started to help women who couldn’t afford cribs for their infants.
Janet Bacon, co-founder of the Snohomish County chapter of 100 Women Who Care, first joined the Seattle chapter in 2018. As she and a few friends drove to attend the meeting, one of them asked, “Why are we driving to Seattle to do this?”
Janet and fellow co-founder Susan Rieke decided in April 2019 to start the Snohomish chapter that operates today. Three times a year, the group gets together and reviews three non-profit nominees that present how they would spend the donation and how it would impact Snohomish County. After a voting period, the majority vote receives the donation. The group has grown so much over the years, that they’ve had to add the “+” to their name. And of course, the more members, the more funds to donate.
“We used to tell non-profits that we would try to reach $10,000 in donations, now we can guarantee that they will receive at least that much,” said Bacon in an interview with the Everett Post. “We have some credibility now and people want to be a part of it.
Since 2019, the group has given $100,100 to local non-profits, including Hero House NW, Dawson Place (Child Advocacy), YWCA Pathways for Women, Faith Food Bank and many more.
“My favorite part is being able to do some good for our community in a real grass roots way,” said Bacon. “It makes me happy to do something in a tangible way.”
The next digital Giving Circle, the group’s tri-annual meeting and ballot distribution, is Saturday, February 19th. Voting takes place February 20th through the 26th. 100+ Women hope to be able to meet in person for the next Giving Circle in May.
If you’re interested in getting involved, visit 100womensnohomish.com/join-us and if you join before the voting period ends, you can help decide where this donation goes within Snohomish County. You can also email them at [email protected] and contact Janet Bacon at 214-883-4820.