The new group, 100 Women Who Care, will be meeting for their second quarter at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Overlook Grill, 1519 Overlook Drive, Kent.

During the group’s first meeting in July, members presented $2,900 to Open Arms Adoption of Streetsboro.

??This is a group of diverse women who are interested in supporting the local community in the Portage County area. It is open to women from all walks of life and varying financial backgrounds.

"As individuals, we felt that it was challenging to make a meaningful and positive impact in our community, but collectively we have the ability to contribute to the growth of our community in ways that we never thought possible," said Anne Marie Noble. 

"100 Women x $100 = $10,000 raised in just one hour for a charity."

The group’s mission is to reach out and support the local community by engaging at least 100 or more women to each contribute $100 on a quarterly basis, ($40,000+ annually) to local charities.

All charities and organizations up for consideration must serve the Portage County area and must have 501(c)3 non-profit status. The goal is to keep the focus local and have an impact that can be seen in the local community.

The group meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October.

At the first meeting a prospective member attends, they will be asked to complete a commitment form to become a member. As a member, they agree to donate $400 annually — $100 at each meeting.

At each meeting, charitable non-profit organizations who serve Portage County are nominated by the members and their names placed in a basket. (No more than three programs can be from the same non-profit 501(c)3 in a 12 month period.)

Three nominated organizations are then drawn and the nominating member has five minutes to tell why her organization should be selected. This will be followed by a five minute Q&A session for each nominee. A vote is taken, ballots counted and plurality rules! The nomination and voting process is reserved for members only.

Each member writes a check for $100 to the selected organization. When all checks are in, they are presented to the director of the chosen organization. The receiving agency must agree not to solicit members or share names or other information about 100 Women Who Care members.

?If donating $100 four times a year is out of one person’s budget, they can recruit girlfriends, co-workers or family members and donate as a team.

?For more information, contact Anne Marie Noble at amnoble@portagehaven.org or 330-990-4949.