100 Who Care chapter continues to grow and give

  • Jessica O’Neill, Just Roots director and member, and Carolyn Moore, a 100 Who Care Franklin County Steering Committee member, pull names from a hat to determine who will present at one of the grassroots organization’s recent meetings. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 3/12/2019 6:30:57 PM

Two years ago, Greenfield residents Carolyn Moore, Meaghan Carr, Lawson Wulsin and Rebecca Rideout launched a Franklin County chapter of the national 100 Who Care Alliance because of the political climate and the “hopelessness and helplessness” they and others were feeling.

“We wanted to do something positive in our community to counteract that feeling,” Rideout said. 

She said Moore had heard about a group in Keene, N.H., and did some research. It was a 100 Who Care Alliance group.

“We decided to start our own chapter, and it started to grow,” said Rideout.

Today, 100 Who Care Franklin County has 88 members, and Rideout said she’s hoping it reaches 100 soon.

“We’ve done pretty well reaching 88 members in just two years,” she said.

Since 2017, the group has raised more than $8,000 for various charities. The group will hold its next meeting — free and open to the public — on Tuesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Greenfield. Franklin First Credit Union, Copy Cat Print Shop and several area restaurants are sponsoring 100 Who Care Franklin County.

The group holds three meetings a year, at which attendees enjoy a social evening, connect with neighbors and learn about local charities through three short five-minute presentations by different members.

Rideout said all members in attendance are welcome to put their names in a hat, and three names are chosen. Those people spend about five minutes talking about the charity they’d like the group to donate to after the meeting. Then members vote on one of the three charities.

“When members sign up, they commit to giving $33 three times a year at each meeting,” Rideout said. “Then we collect from other members who can’t or don’t attend the meeting. Each charity has received around $2,000 or more.”

She said though people must commit to giving $33 three times a year, some give even more. 

In the past, the group has supported Heroes, Horses & Hounds, NELCWIT, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of Western Massachusetts, Help Yourself Edibles, The Brick House and the Firebird 5K Race Against Addiction. It will choose its seventh recipient at the Tuesday meeting.

“We just love that we can make a difference in this way,” Rideout said.

The national 100 Who Care Alliance was started as a volunteer effort by four chapter heads who wanted to create a format for sharing ideas and learning from each other. A secondary goal was to get the word out more broadly about what is being accomplished by each chapter at the local level. 

For more information, visit: www.100whocare-franklincounty.com or Facebook or email 100wcfc@gmail.com


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