Touchstone Farms recipient of 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock donation

  • Touchstone Farm’s Fundraising And Development Chair Michelle Lowe and Executive Director Christi Friedrichs accept a donation for more than $12,000 from 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock. Photo by Sally Eneguess

Published: 8/8/2019 10:20:37 AM

On July 17, at their sixth anniversary meeting, members of the 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock voted to donate more than $12,000 to Touchstone Farm.

Since the first meeting in July 2013, 25 collective donations have been made totaling more than $208,000. The mission of 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock is to provide grass roots support to local charities that serve local residents.

Touchstone Farm in Temple is a not-for-profit equine educational and therapeutic organization. Over the last 30 years, Horse Power, Touchstone Farm’s equine therapeutic division, has served children and adults who struggle with mental and emotional illness as well as physical or cognitive challenges. They provide therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving, and unmounted work.

In her presentation, Michelle Lowe, fundraising and development chair, said that the funds will be used to expand the “Moving Forward Together” program that serves both ConVal and Jaffrey-Rindge middle school students impacted by the loss of a parent or other traumatic events, such as the opioid epidemic, violence, and sexual abuse. 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock meets quarterly with the purpose of funding one area nonprofit organization at each meeting. Each member has pledged to donate a minimum of $50 quarterly to the charity chosen by the group. All charities up for consideration must serve residents in the Monadnock Region. The next meeting will be held in the Lucy Hurlin Theater at ConVal High School on Oct. 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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