100 Women Who Care gives $10,000 to Elkhart Education Foundation’s EdCamp

February 9, 2021

ELKHART — The first virtual meeting of Elkhart County’s social philanthropy group 100 Women Who Care resulted in a $10,000 donation to help Elkhart students navigating e-learning.

Since 2014, women have gathered every three months to learn about local needs and then pick a charitable cause to support with the combined total of their $100 gifts. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the January meeting happened virtually. The Elkhart Education Foundation’s EdCamp was selected in a close vote and is being awarded $10,000.

The donation from 100 Women Who Care will help families who need support with e-learning while at EdCamp. The nonprofit immediately sprang into action to help bridge the gap to help the child care crisis in Elkhart County when schools were transitioning amid the pandemic. This program is open to all kindergarten to eighth-grade students enrolled in the hybrid model. EdCamp also offers an enrichment curriculum in the arts, science, and fitness.

Students gather Monday to Friday during school hours at EdCamp being held at ETHOS Innovation Center located at 1025 N. Michigan Street, Elkhart. The program needs additional $30,000 funding to operate for the remainder of the school year.The first semester results are in for EdCamp with 388 total unique registrants filling 3,679 total weekly spots. The program provided 150 hours of e-learning support per child and 27,000 meals via 480 total volunteer hours. EdCamp has also brought together partners such as Elkhart Community Schools, Lifeline Youth Ministries, Premier Arts and Ethos Innovation Center, and 15 other organizations in the effort to support students.

“Through the blessing of community partnerships, the Elkhart Education Foundation is honored to serve 300 families weekly at EdCamp. We are proud to help Elkhart parents keep working and have the peace of mind that their children are well-taken care of when they can’t be in school,”  said Ashley Molyneaux, director of Elkhart Education Foundation and creator of EdCamp. To reserve a spot for EdCamp or to support the program, please visit Elkhart Education Foundation’s website at wwww.onecityonemission.org.

“We are thrilled to see the impact of our gifts throughout this community and are grateful for how so many nonprofits are good stewards of the resources offered by the women of 100 Women Who Care,” said Jodi Spataro, Chief Advancement Officer of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.

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. More than 200 women have given to the Elkhart County chapter to support local causes. The group has awarded $280,000 to local organizations serving Elkhart County residents.

The 100 Women Who Care is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. www.100WomenWhoCareElkhart.com

About Community Foundation of Elkhart County

Community Foundation of Elkhart County partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1989, the Community Foundation has created more and improved pathways by helping generous donors to meet community needs, providing scholarship opportunities to local students, and making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve Elkhart County. The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success. To learn more, go to www.InspiringGood.org.

About the Elkhart Education Foundation

The Elkhart Education Foundation was founded in 2014 and has distributed more than $2 million back into the Elkhart schools impacting more than 12,000 students. The Elkhart Education Foundation ignites the power of community, connects generous hearts with education, and provides the resources needed for EVERY child to excel inside and outside of the classroom through extraordinary learning experiences. They award grants for innovative teaching projects, extra-curricular activities and character-building special programs to the teachers and students of Elkhart Community Schools. For more information, please visit www.OneCityOneMission.org.