St. Joseph’s Elementary School Receives $16,000

At the November 2019 meeting, 100 Women Who Care Norfolk selected St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School as the recipient of $16,000 (presented by member Ashley Malo).

This money will be used to purchase playground equipment for this school located in Simcoe.  St. Joseph’s is the largest elementary school in Simcoe (530 students) and largest elementary school in the entire Brant-Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.

School boards are mandated to provide many programs & services for their schools, however, they do not provide funding for playground equipment.  This falls to independent fundraising. Each piece of equipment costs between $15,000 & $30,000….not inexpensive.  Fundraising to date, has resulted in one piece of equipment valued at $24,000 being purchased and installed this past fall.  This money will be directed to the purchase of the second piece of equipment.
Not only will the current student population of 530 enjoy this new equipment, but the children who attend the “before and after” school program will also utilize this play area.  Outdoor play areas have been proven to promote smarter, healthier and stronger children, and the children form foundations of friendships that last a lifetime.

Pictured with the children at St. Joseph’s are Beth Redden & Michelle Grummett (Co-founders of 100 Women Norfolk), Heather Graham (Principal) and Ashley Malo (Parent & 100 Women Who Care Presenter)

Other presentations made at the November meeting included Habitat for Humanity (Nancy Sherwin – right) and Norfolk Musical Arts Festival (Presented by Linda Boll – absent from the photo).  Ashely Malo is pictured on the left who presented for St. Joseph’s school.

This brings the total donations since May 2014 to $363,000…supporting 23 local charities.

To learn more details about this charity as well all previous successful charities, to go the “Charities” tab on this web site. 

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The next meeting will be held on
Wednesday February 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Army, Navy & Air Force Bldg., 53 Water Street, Simcoe
Corner of Culver & Water, Simcoe – enter off Culver Street.

Other meeting dates:
Wednesday May 13, 2020, Wednesday August 12, 2020
Please check the Web site to confirm the location.


What is this Organization? What is expected of me?

  • There are four one hour meetings each year
  • To become a member you are required to sign a Commitment Form agreeing to donate $100 per meeting, 4 times a year whether or not in attendance
  • At each meeting, 3 representatives will make a 5 minute presentation on their charity
  • After the presentation, the members will vote by secret ballot. The charity receiving the most votes will receive all the donations E.g. 100 members x $100 = $10,000
  • The charity agrees that the funds will remain in Norfolk, will be used to benefit programs locally and will not be used for administrative costs
  • Income tax receipts will be distributed at the next meeting directly from the charity