100 Women Who Care awards $10,000 to Elkhart County Safe Haven

On Friday, July 14, members of the 100 Women Who Care Elkhart County presented a $10,000 check to staff at the Elkhart County Safe Haven. (Left to Right: 100 WWC Members Pam Hluchota, Monica Abair, Jenny Welch; YWCA Director of Development Mary Jo Sartorius, YWCA President & CEO Linda Baechle.)

Female giving circle voted to support critical emergency services for women and children.

The 100 Women Who Care Elkhart County giving circle held their third gathering of the year on Tuesday, July 11 at the Matterhorn Conference Center.  The group again collected $10,000 to award to a worthy nonprofit organization serving Elkhart County.  The recipient for this quarter is the YWCA North Central Indiana’s Elkhart County Safe Haven Shelter.

The Shelter provides not only emergency shelter to domestic violence victims but also services to help victims rebuild their lives from of violence. The shelter is currently housing over 40 women and children. The $10,000 award will help support programs and services, including emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Elkhart County.

“We are thrilled,” said YWCA President & CEO Linda Baechle. “We are proud to be recognized by this incredible group of women who are making such a difference in the lives of their fellow community members and we cannot thank them enough,” added Baechle.

100 Women Who Care Elkhart County gathers four times a year for an hour-long meeting. Each woman or team of women will write a check for $100 and write down a local charity. Each charity will be put into a pool for consideration. Three will be drawn, presentations will be made and the attendees will vote on which of the top three they think should receive that meeting’s funds.

How to Join
New members are always welcome! To become a member of 100 Women Who Care Elkhart County, a membership form can be completed online or at the next meeting on Tuesday, October 10th at 6:00 p.m. (5:30pm fellowship time).

About 100 Women Who Care Elkhart County
In the summer of 2014, Jenny Welch and Sheila Terlep organized the 100 Women Who Care Elkhart County chapter, a gathering of local women who care deeply about Elkhart County and give generously to see their communities thrive. Throughout the last three years over 200 women have given to the Elkhart County chapter to support local causes.

The group has awarded $150,000 to local organizations serving Elkhart County residents, including:  Church Community Services, Crossing Educational Center, Bashor Children’s Home, CAPS (toward CASA Program), Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Ryan’s Place, Guidance Ministries, Elkhart County Clubhouse, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Humane Society of Elkhart County, Ronald McDonald House Charities Michiana, the Women’s Care Center, the Samaritan Health and Living Center (The Julie Fund), and most recently, YWCA (Elkhart County Safe Haven).

The 100 Women Who Care is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. The Community Foundation partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1989, Community Foundation has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by providing scholarship opportunities to local students and making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life in Elkhart County.