Be The Change receives $8,700

  • Presenter Laura Gingras, center with hat box, accepts a donation of $8,700 from the 100+ Women Who Care Peterborough Steering Committee members, left to right, Carol Nelson, Arlene MacArthur, Karen Hatcher, Debra Heckathorn, Sharon Smith, and Barbara Reynolds. Courtesy photo

Published: 8/8/2016 5:32:45 PM

Be The Change 
receives $8,700

100+ Women Who Care Peterborough celebrated the group’s three-year anniversary on July 28 at the Monadnock Country Club. The group’s membership has reached 174 community-minded women who together have generated $66,185 for local charities since the group’s inception in 2013.

During the group’s July meeting six charities were nominated by members and three were chosen randomly to make their case for funding in a five-minute presentation. The Compassionate Friends, Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs and Be The Change presented to the members in attendance and the majority voted to fund Be The Change, a volunteer group based at Monadnock Community Hospital, whose mission is to educate the public in efforts to combat substance misuse and address mental health issues in our community.

With 174 women writing checks at a minimum of $50 each, the donation amount presented to Be The Change was $8,700.

Be The Change plans to use the funds donated to buy a prescription drug drop box to be placed in a secure location in Peterborough where community members can drop off unused prescription medicines, preventing opportunities for misuse. A portion of the funds also will go to fees for speakers and venues.

Be The Change is a two-year old organization that has held 28 community forums, trained nearly 300 people on the use of Narcan and brought programs to high schools in all three surrounding school districts.

100+ Women Who Care Peterborough meets quarterly with the purpose of funding one area nonprofit organization at each meeting. All charities and organizations up for consideration must serve residents in the greater Peterborough area, including the towns of Peterborough, Jaffrey, Dublin, Greenfield, Temple, Antrim, Sharon, Hancock, Francestown, Bennington, Harrisville, Nelson and Rindge. A national charity can be nominated, but only if they have a location in the immediate area.

To date, 100+ Women Who Care Peterborough has also funded the following organizations: Kitchen at the Community Center, Monadnock Adult Care Center, Windy Row Learning Center, Circle of Fleur de Lis, The River Center, QUEST, Monadnock Early Learning Center, Touchstone Farm, Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention, Monadnock Developmental Services, and Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter.

100+ Women Who Care welcomes prospective members to attend their next meeting at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough on Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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