Care groups raise tens of thousands
Thursday, Dec 28, 2017 06:00 am
The 100 Alliance Cochrane chapters have seen significant growth in membership this year and have collected close to $40, 000 or more collectively in the past year.
The chapters are divided into three groups, 100 Men Who Give a Damn, 100 Women Who Care and 100 Kids who Care.
The groups are dedicated to raising money for a different charity or non-profit on a quarterly basis.
Within both the menís and womenís chapters, members meet every four months at Killarneyís to nominate and then vote on which charities to support.
The member whose charity wins the vote gives a short presentation on the organization including what the work is, how much volunteering is done, what the budget looks like and how they spend their money.
ďThatís part of the fun of it, youíre learning about different charities as you dig into it a bit yourself,Ē said Tim Carlson, the co-founder of the menís chapter.
Carlson started the group about a year and a half after the womenís chapter, inspired by a sermon he heard by his pastor at the Cochrane Alliance Church.
ďItís a pretty easy non-profit thing to run,Ē Carlson said. ďAs far as Iím concerned, I donít have to do much at all except get the word out.Ē
This year, the menís chapter donated to Cochrane Womenís Emergency Shelter, Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre, Vaughn Sawchuk Foundation and Cochrane Search and Rescue.
With around 30 members donating $100 each meeting, the group averaged about $3,000 or more per meeting.
The womenís chapter, who have been running about a year longer than the menís and have a larger membership, have raised over $28,000 this year. The charities and non-profits they donated to this year include to Cochrane Army Cadets Vimy Ridge trip, William Watson Lodge, Rocky View Schools Food for Thought program and Helping Hands Society for Cochrane.
Meanwhile, 100 Kids Who Care, which started in November 2016, did a combination of fundraising and charitable acts. Unlike the men and womenís groups, there is not set donation rate per meeting, instead the children are encouraged to help out a neighbour or a relative to earn a small amount such as $10 to donate.
ďWe really instil (helping out) not only in their community but smaller communites like in your home or school or group of friends,Ē said Lori Toma who helps run both the womenís and kidsí chapters. ďWeíre trying to instil those values that parents are trying to instil.Ē
So far, 100 Kids Who Care, who meet at Three Beasts indoor playground, have donated to the Cochrane and Area Humane Society and have helped with food and toy drives the Food Bank and Helping Hands.