Habitat wins Main award from 100+Women Who Care to Fund new Ramp Up Door County!
The 100+ Women Who Care of Door County (100+WWC) giving circle met at the Kress Pavillion in October to recognize and award grants to local nonprofits. Three nonprofits - Peninsula Preschool, DC Habitat for Humanity, and the Washington Island Community Health Program, shared information on their organization. Then, members voted to select the awards.
Ann Morgan,co-founder of Door County 100+Women, hosted the meeting, welcomed members (in person and live streaming), and thanked the 332 members. She acknowledged 100+WWC member - Jennie Bexell, for her contributions to 100+WWC and the Light Keeper Award for Women and Minority Business of the Year. She also recognized the Door County Community Foundation for their valuable assistance with processing of 100+WWC donations. Ms. Morgan appreciated the growing 100+WWC organization by adding “Our total quarterly award has grown again - this quarter to $22,500! Thank you for inviting your friends to join our team and for all of your generosity to our local communities in Door County.”
Door County Habitat for Humanity will receive the Main Award of $11,250 for a new 'Rent A Ramp' program to keep people in need with mobility issues in their homes. Lori Allen, Executive Director, DC Habitat for Humanity affirmed: “Door County Habitat will purchase two portable accessibility ramps that can be used to assist individuals to Age in Place, allowing them to remain in their own homes. We will partner with the Door County Aging Coalition to promote the Ramp Up Door County Initiative.” DeAnn Umland, 100+WWC member and DC Habitat Board President, added “Being a part of 100+ Women allows me to connect with many like-minded people in the Door County non profit community. This diverse group is focused on education while making a difference that we can all feel."
Peninsula Preschool and Washington Island Community Health Program (WICHP) will each receive a Runners-Up Award of approximately $5,125 from the 100+WWC giving circle. Sarah Bonovich, 100+WWC member and Peninsula PreSchool Volunteer shared - “I joined 100+ WWC because I feel this is a small way for me to make a big impact on our county. I know it’s difficult for many non-profits and these funds help hugely. For such a small county, we have an abundance of non-profit organizations and so many people willing to contribute in ways large and small. Around here I like to say, `It takes a County.’ ” Jill Harkaway, Peninsula PreSchool, agreed - “PPS is run by a volunteer, parent nonprofit board. It has been a privilege to work with the young families who are the backbone of the community. Their contributions are so important to the vibrancy and economy of the county. We are pleased to provide an educational foundation that prepares the children to be future outstanding citizens of Door County. The gift from 100+ Women who care will help us significantly by supporting our scholarship fund. We are very thankful and appreciative.”
Liz Hecht, 100+WWC member and WICHP volunteer, was enthusiastic about their award. “I love meeting 100+WWC members and giving back to the community with such a great organization. Christine M. Andersen, R.N. and Executive Director for WICHP added, “My passion about WICHP began when I worked with them to help my own parents remain in their home for 2 years more than they could have had they not had the support of WICHP services and so many Door County nonprofits: (Meals on Wheels (via ADRC), LifeAssist (via Door County Medical Center), In home supportive care (via Curative Connections), Medical equipment (via Neighbor to Neighbor) and Advocacy (director assisted with visiting long term care facilities). Working with WICHP is very rewarding as I see the benefits daily of the services community partners provide to grateful Island residents.
Other 100+WWC meeting topics included an update from Nancy Hutchinson, Adopt A Soldier founder, on how the100+WWC award in 2019 impacted local veterans and deployed service personnel.
The nonprofits to be considered for the next quarterly award were randomly drawn from member nominations. These nonprofit organizations are: 115 Club LTD, Write On Door County, and the Sue Baldwin Fund. The 100+WWC members that nominated these nonprofits will present live at the next 100+WWC meeting on January 24th. Representatives from these nonprofits will be available for questions after each presentation.
The next 100+WWC meeting is currently planned to be January 24th, 2022. New members are always welcome. To join this exciting group of local women making a local impact in Door County, visit 100wwcDoorCounty.org.
Pictured 100+Women Who Care and the Door County Housing Partnership receiving the main award (left to Right): Ann Glessner (100+WWC), DeAnn Umland, Lori Allen, and Paula Latta (DC Habitat for Humanity, and Ann Morgan (100+WWC).
Pictured 100+Women Who Care and the Peninsula PreSchool receiving their award (left to Right): Ann Glessner (100+WWC), Sarah Bonovich and Jill Harkaway. (Peninsula PreSchool)
and Ann Morgan (100+WWC)
Pictured 100+Women Who Care and the Washington Island Community Health Program (WICHP) receiving their award (left to right): Ann Glessner (100+WWC), Liz Hecht, Christine Andersen, and Connie Westbrook (Washington Island Community Health Program), and Ann Morgan (100+WWC).