A recently-established rural Cape Breton chapter of the international group ‘100 Women Who Care’ is continuing its recruiting process.
“It has been percolating [for me] for a couple years, at least,” Josie MacEachern said, when asked about the genesis of the initiative.
MacEachern, along with Eleanor Ryan, Janet MacKenzie, Bev MacDonald, Mary Janet MacDonald and Gail MacNeil, are the founding members of 100 Women Who Care Rural Cape Breton.
Since the seeds for establishing the group were planted in June, they have been working towards their goal of bringing together 100 or more women from Inverness, Richmond and Victoria counties to raise awareness of, and contribute to, non-profit and charitable organizations.
“We have 30 to 40 already, which we are really pleased with,” MacEachern said of the recruitment drive, Aug. 4, which came seven to 10 days after the group’s official launch.
She added the growing membership has representation from “every corner of the three counties.”
Along with bringing members on board, MacEachern said the founders’ duties have included establishing a Facebook page and website for the initiative.
“It is also our job to get the word out we are coming into existence,” she added.
In a press release announcing the initiative, the newly-established organization noted it is “a great way for women who don’t have a lot of extra time to make a big impact in the lives of those in need of help.”
“They can nominate a local non-profit registered organization,” MacEachern said of the process, adding the nominee must be a registered charity or not-for-profit organization.
Once submitted, the names will be placed in a hat, with three finalists selected in a random draw.
“It will be in a public place,” MacEachern said, noting a municipal elected representative will, probably, carry out the process.
Founding members will not be permitted to make nominations.
Once selected, MacEachern explained, those organizations will have a few weeks to prepare to make their presentations.
“It doesn’t have to be high-tech,” she said, describing the presentation as a “five-minute talk.”
The winning presentation will receive $10,000, which is generated from the $100 each member, annually, is required to contribute.
Members will receive a tax receipt from the winning charity.
In mid-October, MacEachern said the group will gather at the centrally-located Dalbrae Academy in Mabou, to make the final selection.
“There are so many [organizations] that do excellent work in our area,” she added, noting a goal is to gain exposure for them.
MacEachern added it is the group’s way to help out organizations that “make life so much better for people who live here.”
“We hope to be able to make a big impact once a year,” she said.
The goal is to make a selection annually, which MacEachern noted was the timeline selected due to the demographics and geography of the region.
People interested in becoming part of 100 Women Who Care Rural Cape Breton can complete the membership process at 100womenruralcapebreton.com
For those who do not have internet access, membership forms can be picked up at Fleur de Lis Restaurant, Port Hawkesbury; Wayne’s Variety, Judique; The Clove Hitch Restaurant in Port Hood; Mabou Freshmart, Whycocomagh Co-op; The Outdoor Store, Baddeck; The Quincy Street Market, Inverness; Chéticamp Co-op; It’s Only Natural Health Food Store, St. Peter’s; and The Dancing Goat, Margaree.
For more information, visit the group’s website, Facebook page – www.facebook.com/100womenwhocareruralcapebreton – or contact Mary Janet MacDonald (902-870-6504) or Gail MacNeil (902-577-3394).