Charities Supported

Results:  Wednesday May 10, 2017
Church Out Serving (Presentation by Diane Luke) was the successful recipient of $17,300.  This money will be used towards the purchase of a commercial-grade fridge/freezer.  

This non-profit, faith based organization has purchased the old LCBO building in Simcoe and are renovating it to welcome individuals to an innovative food hub which will include a cafe, a marketplace and a commercial teaching kitchen.  They are bringing people and food together in a safe, friendly, welcoming enironment.  As food insecurity continues to be an issue in Norfolk County (11.6% or 7,500 people of the popoulation are not able to secure food on a regular basis), this group has found a way to better utilize Norfolk's largest asset:  food. Local farmers often find they have surplus produce which is unsuitable for sale because it is imperfect. E.g. too small, too large, blemished or not the right shape. This innovative approach to sourcing, preparing and deliverying food to those in need is a creative way to bring our community together.  Riversye 83 will welcome those customers who can pay as well as those who cannot pay.  They are also offering a "Pay It Forward" option.  

Riversyde 83 is expected to open late 2017.

There were two (2) other well-deserving charities represented at this meeting: 

  1. Puurfect Companions presented by Angie Grice 
  2. St. Joseph's Lifecare Foundation presented by Vera Abbott

Results:  Wednesday February 8, 2017

Norfolk Senior Support Services (Presentation by Cynthia Stuart) was selected to receive $16,800.  Senior Support Services will use this donation to help fund a new handicapped accessible van to replace the one which was recently taken off the road due to safety concerns.  As an added bonus, the Senior Support Services Organization will showcase 100 Women Who Care Norfolk on the exterior of the van, as a reminder to all Norfolk residents on how our group positively impacts our community.  In the last 6 months alone, 2600 trips were taken by 1470 seniors, 92 disabled adults and 102 clients in wheelchairs.  These trips took these folks to medical appointments, adult day programs, shopping trips, to social events, and other activities.  Cynthia also highlighted that this van will be bought and serviced in Norfolk. 

There were two (2) other well deserving charities represented at tonight’s meeting:  1.  Norfolk Community Help Centre presented by Marilyn Antkiw and 2.  Purrfect Companions presented by Angie Grice.  

Results:  Wednesday November 9, 2016
Haldimand-Norfolk Women's Services (Presentation by Lauren Harrington) was chosen as the recipient of $16,300.  HNWS will use this money for a program called “Supportive Mothering”.  This program is run in cooperation with the Children's Aid Society (CAS).  A 16 week program is offered 4 times per year (if funding is available) to women who have experienced abuse / have been a victim of violence and who have children.  The results from previous programs has been profound and we heard (via a letter written to Women’s Services) from one young women with a small child who completed the program with a renewed sense of confidence and self worth.  

Other presentations made were in support of Purrfect Companions of Norfolk (Angie Grice) and Lynnwood Arts Centre (Brendalee Englehardt).  

Results:  Wednesday August 10, 2016
Indwell Hambleton Hall (presentation made by Barbara Gulabsingh) was the successful recipient and will receive $16,200.  Indwell Hambleton Hall is a non-profit charitable organization serving those seeking health and wellness through affordable supportive housing.  There are 40 units being built in Simcoe with a move-in date of October 2016.  The funds will be used to help furnish these units at a cost of approximately $2,000 per unit.  This now brings our total donated (since May 2014) to just under $150,000!

Presentations were also made on behalf of Norfolk Community Help Centre (Marilyn Antkiw) and Habitat for Humanity Brant/Norfolk (Catherine Lawrence). 

Results:  Wednesday May 11, 2016
Three passionate presentations were given with the successful recipient being the Alzheimer's Society of Halimand-Norfolk (Diane Holmes).  The Alzheimer's Society will use the $16,100 raised for the "Music & Memories" Program and the new Art Therapy Program.  These programs reach hundreds of Norfolk residents and will inspire those suffering from Alzheimers by giving them the outlet to express themselves, connect with their feelings and emotions while gaining self-esteem.  These programs also assist the caregivers as they provide an alternate activity which has long-lasting positive effects. 

Presentations were also made on behalf of the Norfolk Senior Support Services (Cynthia Stuart) and Norfolk Women's Support Services (Lauren Harrington).  We encourage these women to let these nominations stand for a future meeting.   

Results:  Wednesday February 10, 2016
We did it again!  The Canadian Mental Health Association located in Simcoe was the successful recipient of $14,800.  This puts us nicely over the $100,000 milestone at $114,600!  We are proud to say that we have significantly made a positive impact to our local community. 

The CMHA's mission is to "strive to provide services to people with mental disorders and to enhance, maintain and promote the mental health of individuals in our community".  The funds raised will be used for three (3) specific public education programs which will benefit 200-250 people in Norfolk County. 

The two (2) other charities represented at the Feburary meeting were the Alzheimer's Society and the Simcoe Women's Services Organization. 

Results:  Wednesday November 18, 2015
Amazing!  The Cancer Support & Research Program (CSRP) of Norfolk County will receive $14,800!  Their mandate is to provide support to those facing cancer with a wide range of options to address specific needs.  “Facing cancer with courage” is their message while “making memories” is what they do. 

A night out at a movie or dinner with family, offering a video camera to capture fun moments or facilitating travel plans to visit family are examples of what the organization has done in the past to help “make memories”.  They also offer financial assistance by providing gift cards for groceries or gas as the burden on the cancer patient and their families can be great, especially when the treatments are outside Norfolk County.  To learn more about the program visit their web site at http://www.csrp.ca/.
 
The two (2) other charities which presented were the MS Society and Senior Support Services. 
 
Since May 2014, 100 Women Who Care Norfolk has raised $99,800 for local Norfolk Charities!  What an accomplishment! 

Results:  Wednesday August 12, 2015
Outstanding!  The Norfolk Pregnancy Centre will receive $14,600 to purchase additional programming material and expand their services into Delhi. This organization provides leadership, guidance and support to young women and men as they embark on a new phase of life.  Professional volunteers are available to offer assistance on an as needed basis. 

Two (2) other presentations were made:  The MS Society Grand Erie Chapter and the Waterford Heritage Trail Foundation.   

Since May 2014, the Norfolk Chapter has raised $85,000 for local charities. 

Results:  Wednesday May 13, 2015
We did it again!  We raised $15,400 for Simcoe Special Olympics. The donated funds will be used for transportation to and from competition venues outside of Simcoe, accommodations for qualifying athletes and coaches (E.g. Recent Vancouver National Games and Montreal swim competition), uniforms and equipment for the various sports and finally, it will help to fund the expansion into basketball, bocce ball, track and curling.  Deana Hill presented on their behalf. 

The other two (2) well-deserving charities who presented were:  The Alzheimer's Society and Habitat for Humanity. 

This meeting marked our first anniversary.  Including this meeting, we have now raised over $70,000 for Norfolk County Charities. 

Results:  Wednesday February 11, 2015
Incredible!  We are now 151 strong!  The successful recipient was the Childrens Aid Society - Fresh Air Fund.  The donation of $15,100 will enable them to send 50 Norfolk children to summer camp where they will enjoy recreational & educational programs.  These children are referred by either CAS workers or family members and without this donation, these children would not have to opportunity to particpate in a summer camp. 

The other 2 charities presented were:  The Alzheimers Society and the Norfolk Pregnancy Center.  It was another very difficult decision as all of these charities are well-deserving. 

Results:  Wednesday November 12, 2014
100 Women Who Care Norfolk had another exceptional evening!  Our membership grew again....we are now 144 strong! 
All 3 presentations made by our members were detailed and well received. The recipient of our donation of $14,400 was The Salvation Army Community Services.  The other 2 charities presented were the Special Olympics and Norfolk Pregnancy Centre.  These 2 charities can resubmit their names at future meetings. 

Results (UPDATED):  Wednesday August 13, 2014
The women of Norfolk are powerful! Twenty-one (21) additional ladies have committed to join 100 Women Who Care Norfolk.  This brings our total membership to 139!!
The successful charity at our second meeting was St. Vincent de Paul.  They received 139 cheques totaling $13,900
Compelling presentations were made by 2 other Members for Crimestoppers and the Alzheimer's Society.   

Results:   Wednesday May 28, 2014
Our first meeting was a tremendous success!  118 powerful women became members of this amazing organization and raised $11,800 for the Who Did It Club.
The 2 other charities presenting at the inaugaral meeting were:  Crimestoppers and the Norfolk Music Arts Festival.