100 Women Who Care of Stephenson County Announce Next Meeting

Stephenson County, Illinois — 100 Women Who Care of Stephenson County recently announced their next quarterly meeting. 100 Women Who Care-Stephenson County say it is a special night due to the group celebrating their 2 year anniversary.

Bring a friend to further build upon this already fabulous group the community has created. Here is a reminder of the information…….

Hosted by:  The Freeport Club (614 South Park Boulevard, Freeport)
-Cash bar

Thursday, February 9th.
-Social Hour/new member registration (optional) 5:30-6:30pm
-Meeting 6:30-7:30pm

Organizations nominated thus far include:

*Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Mu Chapter
*Pearl City Lioness
*Boys and Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County
*Relay for Life-Stephenson County Chapter
*Northwest Illinois Community Action Agency (NICAA)
*Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
*Freeport Downtown Development Foundation (FDDF)
*Stephenson County 4-H Club
*Mother Hubbard’s Kiddie Cupboard
*Pearl City Education Foundation
*Freeport Community Public School Fund (FCPSF)
*Pearl City PTO
*Friends of Mill Pond
*Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois
*Amity Society of Freeport Inc
*Kids Coats and Clothes
*Friends of the Freeport Public Library
*Tyler’s Justice Center for Children
*The Senior Resource Center

Donations from last quarter’s 100 Women Who Care of Stephenson County meeting went directly to the Children’s Hands On Museum (CHOM) and totaled $11,200 which is our largest donation yet to date.  Yay!

CHOM was founded in 2014. During that time, they have popped up at venues in local schools, the Stephenson County Fair, churches, summer outdoor community events and the Stephenson County Historical Society. They have hosted two Expos showcasing their exhibits that were sponsored by the Eagles Club, and most recently held a Holidays Around the World event at the Lincoln Mall.

CHOM’s mission is to have a locally accessible, affordable, interactive and educational environment that inspires children and families to learn about themselves and the world around them. The pop-up museum provides diverse, creative, hands-on learning with stimulating exhibits in science, health, arts, reading and place sense.

With a goal of $75,000 to start up the all-volunteer organization, CHOM is dedicating the generous contribution from 100 Women Who Care-Stephenson County to reach the goal of finding a permanent space for the museum in 2017 to serve as a resource to children, their families, and schools of Northwestern Illinois.

Finally, as 100 Women Who Care of Stephenson County continues to expand their chapter size and increase their local impact they strive to incorporate the best organizational practices.  Two areas have been updated.  They are as follows:

-100 Women Who Care of Stephenson County will now accept only 501(c)3 certified organizations for nomination.  The few non-501(c)3 organizations that are currently in the nomination basket are allowed to remain with the continued caveat that they must make members aware of their status. 100 Women Who Care of Stephenson County state they feel this update to the chapter requirements will ensure only well-established non-profits will be considered.

-The non-profit fact sheet used for ensuring NPOs are able to be nominated now has a section indicating that the NPO agrees not to solicit their members in the future, including newsletters or donation requests.  Upon receiving the donations, the NPOs will be given a form re-iterating this point.

As always, you can stay up to date by liking 100 Women Who Care of Stephenson County on Facebook and they love new members so bring a friend to the next meeting.

Since the initiation of 100 Women Who Care-Stephenson County two years ago this group has donated $75,600 (including the $10,000 private family foundation matching donation) to local non-profit organizations. Please consider being a part of this great movement.

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