Saint Lucia Looks For ‘100 Men Who Give A Damn’

Are you a Woman Who Cares?
How often do we hear people say, “I’d love to do something to help others but what can I do. I am just one person and I don’t know where to start.” Well there is an opportunity to help those in need in Saint Lucia.

100 Women Who Care is a group of women who care deeply about the Saint Lucia community. The group gathers four times a year for a one-hour meeting, and each member donates EC$100 to a charity that the group selects. Once there are 100 members, the combined donation comes to EC $10,000, which makes a real impact, without time-consuming fundraising events and planning.

Our mission and our hope is to provide for those in greatest need in St Lucia. We hope you will join us at our next meeting to see how easy and fun it is!

100 Women Who Care is for you if:
• You don’t have time in your busy life to volunteer, but have been wanting to help those in need, and you can commit to one hour every three months;
• You are committed to helping others in the community;
• Want to be a part of a powerful group of local women making an immediate, direct, and positive effect on the lives of our neighbours;
• You are involved with other groups but are interested in meeting other women philanthropists in Saint Lucia;
• Want to learn more about the many worthy community service programs and organizations serving Saint Lucia;
• You want your $100 donation to become a part of a larger amount of money by joining together with other women—creating a powerful impact in our local area.
• Wish 100% of your contribution to go to local charities.
If one, or all, of the above applies then complete a commitment form to become one of 100 Women Who Care, Saint Lucia!

The History of 100 Women Who Care
100 Women Who Care was first started in Jackson, Michigan (USA) by Karen Dunigan in 2008. Her group of 100 women, at their first one hour meeting, raised $10,000 to buy 300 new baby cribs for an organization in their city. Their membership has now grown to nearly 300 members. Sister chapters have popped up all over the US, Canada, and into Mexico. There are now over 170 chapters throughout the continent with more being established everyday.

We are thrilled to now have 100 Women Who Care in our Saint Lucia community, which will have a great impact on local charity. Saint Lucia, like many places worldwide, is experiencing economic hardship. There is a need for we, who enjoy a better standard of living than those less fortunate, to offer a hand up. Our members are the committed, caring women who are either stalwart citizens of Saint Lucia or reside here for several months of the year. Membership is by invitation.

100 women Who Care St. Lucia is chaired by Valerie Jenkinson, CEO of World Water and Wastewater Solutions Ltd. Valerie has been residing part time in Saint Lucia for the last six years, consulting in the water and wastewater industry throughout the Caribbean. She is a member of 100 Women Who Care, Kelowna, Canada and saw an opportunity to start a chapter in Saint Lucia to assist those in need here.
We are delighted that former Senator and tourism veteran Berthia Parle, in recognising the value the organisation can bring to our country, has agreed to be the Patroness of 100 Women Who Care St. Lucia.

Patron Berthia Parle describes why she became involved and why she is an enthusiastic supporter of 100 Women:
“When I was first approached with the idea of setting up a St Lucia chapter of 100 Women Who Care, I was immediately struck by the simplicity of the idea. I know so many busy women, like myself, who want to give back to the community and those in need but who have so little time and often not much knowledge of the local charities. Other chapters have had amazing results and the success of our meetings and the growth in members is a testament to how this venture has struck a cord with women in our community”.

Upcoming Meetings:
• Tue, July 11th, 2017
• Tue, October 17th, 2017
• Tue January 16th, 2018

Introducing ‘100 Men Who Give A Damn’
If you were asked, “If you could significantly help those in need by just giving one hour of your time and $100EC every 3 months would you do it?” The answer would usually be a resounding, “Yes.”

And that is all it takes for members of 100 Men Who Give a Damn who joined 100+ Women Who Care St. Lucia on April 11th at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort.

The 100 Who Care is a simple concept with a big impact. The goal is to do the most amount of good, in the least amount of time by injecting a cash donation into the work of a local charity through funds, exposure and awareness.
“The plan is to gather 100 men in a room, where each member can nominate a local charity,” stated the Chairman of ‘100 Men,’ Jean St. Rose, the General Manager of Coco-Palm Resorts.

“Three charities are picked at random from those nominated, and they each present for five minutes, who they are and to what end they would use the donations. All members then vote for one of the three, and we count everyone’s anonymous vote. The winning charity is the one with the most votes, each member gives their $100 to that charity and we all go home. There is nothing more to do until the next meeting when we repeat the process and select a new charity. It’s that simple!”

The original 100 Men Who Give a Damn organisation was founded in Halifax, Canada in February 2014. The founding chapter has grown to over 350 members, and more than 25 new 100 Men chapters have begun to give a damn throughout North America, and now the Caribbean. The 100 Men Cayman Islands, the first chapter in the Caribbean, now has over 400 members. The 100 Men are an offshoot of 100 Women Who Care whose St Lucia chapter started a year and a half ago and now has over 120 members.

Jean St. Rose attended one of the 100 Women meetings last year. “I was so impressed by the efficiency of the organisation I asked if the women would help us start 100 Men. I have never seen such an easy way to raise funds and there is an increasing need in Saint Lucia”. ¤

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