What is the History of 100 Women Who Care?
- 100 Women Who Care was started in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan as a simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities. At their first one-hour meeting, the group of over 100 women each wrote a check for $100 directly to The Center For Family Health, their chosen local charity, raising $12,800 to buy 300 new baby cribs. Since then, chapters have formed all over the country.
What is the Story behind the Chicago group?
- Our local group was started in 2014 by Sherry Silvers with the aid of Deborah Ballis Hirt, Pam Loewenstein, and Paula Berkery. Sherry, who has worked in non-profit as a social worker/therapist, knows first hand that while there are many resources in Chicago many charities and non-profits are cutting back on vital services and programs because of decreased budgets. Numerous organizations have been impacted by reduced funding from the local and state levels as well as declining financial contributions. While working in Chicago for a behavioral healthcare agency, Sherry recognized how a group like 100 Women Who Care could fill in many monetary gaps that can make a significant, and at times, a dramatic difference to many organizations and the people they serve.