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A little creativity goes a long way

Tightened belts in the years since the September 2008 stock market crises has seen organizations and business become savvier, more efficient. “Work smart, not hard” has become the catchphrase of this post-recession era. There have also been some key players stepping forward with new and innovative ideas for raising money, leading our communities in some unique directions.

Carol Nelson of Peterborough, founder of 100+ Women Who Care Peterborough, has been leading the way in giving to nonprofits, with a group based on one that started in Michigan in 2006 that’s since been modeled all over the country.

At the first meeting of the local group, 23 women attended. Several members nominated worthy projects and presented cases as to why the group should give to them. In less than an hour, $1,225 was raised, and members voted to give it to the kitchen renovation project at the Peterborough Community Center.

Although Peterborough is Women Who Care’s home base, its membership is open to women from surrounding towns, and nonprofits eligible for donation include those in the following towns: Jaffrey, Dublin, Greenfield, Temple, Antrim, Sharon, Hancock, Francestown, Bennington, Harrisville, Nelson and Rindge. Members commit to giving $50 four times a year to the organization of the group’s choosing. Meeting annually, the goal is to raise $20,000 in four hours for nonprofits annually. When you think of all the work that often goes into fundraising, you can’t beat Women Who Care’s ratio of time to money. For anyone who may wish to join, they meet again on Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough.

Perhaps all-the-more motivated by the Women Who Care donation, another group is collecting recipes for a cookbook fundraiser to help raise the final $32,000 needed to begin renovations of the kitchen at the Peterborough Community Center. “Flavors of Our Town” is project being headed up by Nelson, Many Sliver of Peterborough and Mike Klein of Gilsum. They’re planning to sell it during the holiday season, and the deadline for submissions is now Oct. 21.

And this weekend, instead of going to church on Sunday, members of the Greenfield Covenant Church are going on the road, raising money for worthy causes and spreading kindness with their activities. On Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., they’re holding a bake sale at Delay’s Harvester Market in Greenfield. Some of the proceeds are slated to help publish a Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation client’s book about his experiences with Lou Gehrig’s disease. On Sunday, church members will be taking on various projects in the community, too. We wish each of these groups lots of success.

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