100 + People Who Care to Meet April 23

The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, April 23.  The hour-long meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be held in the Parish Center of St. Mary Church at 1002 Broad Street, Grinnell. This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made regarding support for a community organization in the greater Grinnell area.

With membership now approaching 120, the beneficiary organization will receive nearly $ 12,000 in donations.  Members will also receive an update report from Grinnell Connected PTO, the beneficiary group from February’s membership meeting, detailing plans being completed for this year’s 4thGrade campout. 

At the April 23 meeting, members will nominate charitable entities in the greater Grinnell area. Three of the nominations will be drawn, with the nominators then offering a brief description of the project. There will be an opportunity for questions regarding each project, and then the members will vote.  The project receiving the most votes becomes the recipient entity for the new quarter of the year.  Each member commits to writing a $ 100 check to that entity.  

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell had its beginning in January, 2017, and is based on a model pioneered in 2006 in Jackson, Michigan.  The concept is very simple.  One hundred people, each willing to write a check for $ 100 will result in a total of $ 10,000 being raised to benefit a community organization.  By pooling resources, significant gifts can be made to help meet local charitable needs.  This action happens four times per year.  Currently, world-wide, there are more than 600 “100 People Who Care” organizations, with other, regional ones being based in Des Moines, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, and Pella.  

Membership in 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell is open to all.  Those who would like to join are invited to attend the April 23 meeting. It is also possible to attend as a non-voting guest, in order to learn more about the organization.  For further information, please contact any of the founding board members:  Christine Day (641-485-6180), Dennis Day (641-485-6118), Donna Ricks (319-269-9626), or Al Ricks (319-269-3475).  Donna Ricks serves as the point coordinator for membership questions, with her e-mail contact being djrteach@msn.com.  Christine Day also serves as the point coordinator for nominations and administrative questions, with her contact being cday7117@gmail.com.

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