IMAGINE what a nonprofit group could do with an unexpected $10,000 donation.
Organizers who are launching an Adams County chapter of the 100 Women Who Care want to do more than imagine. If the organization is a success, it will give out a $10,000 check each quarter to nonprofits in the area.
Joi Cuartero Austin and Laura Sievert hope to hold an inaugural meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 21 in BoodaLu Steakhouse in Quincy. It will be based on the 100 Who Care Alliance, which has hundreds of chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Austin first learned about a chapter that began in a Chicago suburb.
"Before I left Batavia, there was a group that started in the Fox Valley region, but they were just getting started." Austin told The Herald-Whig. "Every quarterly meeting, I would see all my girlfriends from Fox Valley being a part of this group and really affecting that local nonprofit."
Each member of a 100 Who Care organization commits to donating $100 to a nonprofit at a quarterly meeting.
Members of the local chapter will nominate nonprofits in Adams County that could benefit from the funds. Three of the organizations would then be selected at random, and someone who nominated the organization would make a five-minute pitch before a vote to determine which group would receive the combined $10,000 donation.
"One hundred dollars isn't an amount where you would expect to have a star on the sidewalk, but when 100 people come together and put in $100 (each), we're going to make a big impact to a nonprofit," Sievert said.
Quincy has a long tradition of supporting charities. The United Way of Adams County, the Quincy Salvation Army, The Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas and dozens of other groups help provide food, clothing, shelter and other assistance for people in need.
Other nonprofits support specific causes, such as the Quincy Community Theatre, the Quincy Park Foundation Inc. and the Quincy Art Center.
A Facebook page and website, both tagged with "100 Who Care Quincy," have more information and can take sign-up information. Within a day of announcing formation of the group, 25 people had signed up.
Here's a chance to do more than imagine how a small, but dedicated group can make a big difference for a community.