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100+ Women Who Care ‘zooming’ back into action

100+Women Who Care Quinte presented Tears Mean Love with $10,100 during its fourth anniversary celebration in September 2019.

More than 100 women dedicated to supporting local charities won’t let pandemic restrictions curb their efforts as their fundraising strengths are needed now, more than ever before.

Starting May 5, 100+ Women Who Care Quinte will return to meetings – online via ‘ Zoom’ four times a year.

“Our community has never experienced anything like this before so if we can support each other, prop each other up and help each other out together, especially our most vulnerable, we will be moving forward in the right direction,” said Connie Carson, co-founder of 100+ Women Who Care Quinte.

The group was founded in 2015, with the aim of making an immediate, direct and positive impact on the lives of people in the Quinte community. Since its inception the group has donated more than $240,000 to 19 local charities and non-profit organizations.

“Before COVID-19 there was a desperate need for support from our local community partners to keep fundamental programming and services – the pandemic has widened those funding gaps,” said Nicole Kleinsteuber, leadership committee member. “We have seen what our collective team of committed and empowering women leaders can do in times of need. Right now, we want to put a call out for new nominations from members to specifically support organizations that are in need during this difficult time.”

Although it has been a year since the group’s last meeting where they donated to the Hastings Prince Edward Learning Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund, the one thing that has not changed is the need for people to have connections, said Tawnya Smith.

“Many members have reached out, missing 100+ Women Who Care Quinte meetings for not only the impact on our community but also the sense of community the group brings,” said the group’s co-founder.

“I am so excited we are getting back together in May,” added Vicki Forgie, leadership committee member. “It’s Zoom all the way baby! I am looking forward to helping a worthwhile organization that has struggled through the last year with COVID-19 and seeing our women back in full force.”

Members are invited to join as individuals or as teams of four. Prior to the meeting group members nominate a Quinte area charity or non-profit organization to receive a donation of at least $10,000. Three are selected by a random draw and members from those charities provide a quick pitch for why their cause should be chosen. The members then cast their votes to direct that quarter’s donation. Each member or team donates $100 directly to the organization, resulting in a significant donation. In less than an hour, $10,000 is put back into the local community.

Charity nominations are due April 21, and the draw will take place on April 28 prior to the selection meeting on May. 5.

More details to be released in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to 100+ Women Who Care Quinte’s Facebook Page; visit or join the 100+ Women Who Care Quinte team at 


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