Helping Out

100 Women Who Care Guelph and Family & Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County Come Together

During a typical 1-hour quarterly meeting of '100 Women Who Care Guelph', 3 names are drawn from a hat which leads to 3 five minute presentations on behalf of local charities.  A vote then transpires to decide which charity wins the groups quarterly donations.

At the October 2019 meeting, my name was one of three drawn and I was able to present on behalf of Family & Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County Children First Fund.  

This organization provides support to 16 to 18 year olds who are no longer eligible for foster care, and thus struggling to make it on their own. Children in that situation have no parental or family support, and find themselves adrift, living on their own with extremely limited financial resources.  The 'Children First Fund' provides tangible support to youth who are transitioning to adulthood.  The donation will be used to support kids in two different streams. If the child is going on to college or university, they will be provided with a $400 set-up kit consisting of a backpack and other necessary supplies. In the second stream, where kids have found work, $1000 worth of kitchen supplies, bedding, towels, and furniture will help them transition to living on their own.

After each presentation, members spend some time asking presenters for more information about the programs supported and the funding models of each organization. Following these astute and thoughtful questions, members took a few moments to make their choice and cast a vote.

Family & Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County (Children First Fund) was chosen as the recipient of our Meeting 21 donation.

The cheque was officially presented on January 9th and Sheila Markle of Family & Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County joined us during our January meeting to speak more about the organization.   Read her full remarks here.

I am so pleased that I was able to help facilitate the joining of two of the organizations I am most passionate about.

Read more about the 100 Women Who Care Guelph and watch our impact grow meeting after meeting. Let me know if you are interested in coming out to our next no-obligation meeting.

100 Women Who Care Guelph tops $250,000 mark in local donations!

I am truly proud to be a part of this incredible group of women. 
Read the article below to learn more about what we do.


Charities and social agencies in Guelph are $250,000 better off thanks to 100 Women Who Care Guelph.  That’s the dollar amount handed out by the Guelph chapter of the organization since it started in 2014. 

“When we started it up we didn’t know how it would fly or whether people would hang on to the concept, but they certainly have,” says Tannis Sprott, one of the three women who founded the local chapter. “It’s the membership that makes this thing work.”

Started in Michigan in 2006, the 100 Women Who Care movement asks members to commit to four short evening get togethers a year, hear about a local worthy cause from a member, then chose which of those causes they would like their $100 donation to go to. All the money from that meeting goes to the successful cause.

Hospice Wellington and their Art Therapy program was the first recipient back in 2014. Since then 20 donations have been made, all locally, including Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, Rainbow Day Camp and the North End Harvest Market.  A complete list can be found on the local group’s website.

“We launched in October 2014 with a real desire to make an impact on our local community,” says Sprott.  There were 98 members originally. Now they’re up to 148.  “We have a fair number of retired women, we have a lot of working professionals, we have a few younger ones, but we ask to show up four hours a year and make a $100 donation each time. It’s designed for busy women, basically.”  

The meetings are between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on a week night once every three months at the Delta Hotel.  Members nominate those seeking the funds and that member will speak on the organization’s behalf if they are one of the three drawn for consideration that particular meeting.

“The money has to stay in Guelph. That’s one of the caveats to being eligible for the funds.”  If your organization is successful in getting the funds, you can’t apply again for three years.  “That allows the money to be spread around through the community more,” Sprott said.  Three months after receiving the funds, the recipient organization is asked to return to say how it impacted them.

Those interested in joining can sign up online or can attend a meeting to see how things work before deciding whether or not to join.

“What amazes us most is the longevity of our members,” Sprott said. “We have 30 that have been with us from the very beginning and 50-plus that have been with us for three years. People really latch on to the concept and stay.”

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Members who recently received their 3 year membership pin!



Family Children's Services

In March of this 2019, we had a great time hosting our VIP Event for Family Children's Services at the Guelph Storm Game.  Thank you to all our guests who came out and enjoyed the game!  

Many many thanks to Heather, Tim and Kirsten Ferguson for organizing this event and asking me to participate!   A big shout out to Lynn Vanschaik from the Guelph Storm and Carolyn Tait-Guest (FCS) who helped pull this together.  And special mention to Jennifer and Skyler Fowler for helping to make it a reality.

Wishing the Guelph Storm much success on their quest for the Memorial Cup!