YARMOUTH - “Completely unexpected and very well received,” is how Debbie Cook, executive director of the Tri-County Pregnancy Care Centre, described the delivery of $11,600 from a newly formed group.
The fundraisers: 100 Guys Who Share – Yarmouth County, selected the organization at its first meeting on July 28 at the Mariners Centre.
The success of the 100+ Women Who Care in Yarmouth County inspired the formation of the men’s chapter. The women’s group has distributed at least $64,000 to community groups since it formed in late 2014.
The 100 Guys Who Share – Yarmouth County, is one of more than 350 similar groups located worldwide that focus on coordinating funding for local, community charitable organizations. The group gathers for one-hour quarterly meetings to hear three short presentations on local charitable organizations. Members vote then each person writes their check for $100 directly to the winning non-profit chosen for a collective, impactful donation.
The three charities that presented at the first meeting were Parents Place, South End Community Youth Garden, and the Tri-County Pregnancy Centre.
The men’s group has grown to 116 members at last count. They have scheduled their quarterly event so that combined with the women’s initiative there will be good news in the community every six weeks throughout the entire year.
Cook says the funds will be used for helping mothers in need that are not already receiving benefits. Supplies like car seats, breast pumps and unexpected medical expenses will be covered. Some of the windfall will be directed to the outreach office in Barrington.
The next meeting of 100 Guys Who Share – Yarmouth County is on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Mariners Centre.