SCUGOG: Since they first started, both 100 Women Who Care Scugog and 100 Men of Scugog have each donated over $60,000 to various organizations in the Scugog community.
100 Women Who Care started in November 2014, and, to date, has donated over $68,000 to organizations in the community, and, now, has a roster of 155 women.
The group was founded by six women, Janet McGhee, Heather Chapman, Ginger Jackson, Caroline Kucevic, Margaret Ayres and Lana Crosbie.
“I’m thrilled because I like giving back, and we like to work together, a lot of the charities like to work together, so it’s good for the community,” Margaret Ayres told The Standard.
Ginger Jackson spoke of what she enjoys about being a member of 100 Women.
“It’s giving back to the community, giving back to the charities. As we all know, the funding isn’t there for a lot of charities, we have to help everybody,” she said. “This makes me feel good.”
Cheryl Henderson told The Standard why she decided to join 100 Women.
“It is a great organization. They were asking me to join when it first came out, and it took me a while, but then I realized what good they do in the community and how many different not for profits they support, and I decided to become part of the team.”
To date, 100 Men of Scugog has raised $66,800 for local non-profit organizations. The group officially started in January 2015.
“It was Janet McGhee, who is my accountant, and she had helped to start the women’s group, and she said the men need one, so I’m a big community guy, so I took it on and it grew from there,” Richard Gauder said.
He added that being a member of 100 Men involves a very minimal commitment.
“It’s different because it’s just an hour every three months. Most guys can do an hour every three months. It’s not tons of money, just $400 a year to support the community,” Mr. Gauder said.
Both groups hold hour long meetings every three months, where they listen to possible recipients explain their charity and how the money will help them, and then the 100 Women or 100 Men members vote to decide who they will benefit. Each member contributes $100 at each meeting.
To learn more about the 100 Women and 100 Men groups, and how to become a member visit www.100womenscugog.com or www.100men.ca.