100 Women Who Care Raise $20K To Help Community

100 Women Who Care celebrate at a special event Thursday that raised $10,000 and another $10,000 match from the United Way of Northern New Mexico. The women will donate the $20,000 toward a behavioral health initiative in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

100 Women Who Care Co-founder and United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega speaks about the many possibilities that exist for this newly founded group and how its efforts can help the community in a powerful way. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

100 Women Who Care Co-founder Dr. Marvel Harrison discusses needs in the local community saying, it’s okay to be a community that isn’t perfect, but let’s be a community that talks about its problems and takes steps to fix them. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Thursday evening 100 Women Who Care gathered at the Los Alamos home of psychotherapist Dr. Marvel Harrison in the first meeting of this newly formed group.

Harrison, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Deb Shelton, Carol A. Clark and Kristy Ortega are the founders of this group in which each member donates $100 or partners with two to four women to each contribute at portion of $100. 

The mission of the 100 Women Who Care is to reach out and help the community by collecting contributions for local nonprofits – without the time-consuming effort normally associated with fundraising. Thursday’s gathering raised $10,000 and the United Way of Northern New Mexico matched that amount with $10,000. That $20,000 will be donated to a behavioral health initiative in Los Alamos. 

“All organizations up for consideration must be in the Los Alamos area. The idea is to keep it local and have an impact that we can see in our community,” Ortega said. “We invite other women to become part of this powerful group to have a positive impact on those in need in our community.”

The 100 Women Who Care will meet periodically, collect another $10,000 or more and target the next area of need in the community. To become a member of the 100 Women Who Care as an individual or with a team or to learn more, contact Ortega at kristy@unitedwaynnm.org or call 505.663.3891.

Members of 100 Women Who Care gather for their first meeting Thursday on the patio at Dr. Marvel Harrison’s North Mesa home. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Ryn Herrmann and Kelly Stewart join 98 other women intent on making a positive impact in the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Felicia Orth and Shay Kendricks share a desire to help their community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Ellen Morris-Bond, Julie Habiger, Karen Easton and Ellen Ben-Naim gather at Thursday’s first meeting of 100 Women Who Care. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Linda Daly, left, chats with Cindy Rooney on the patio at Thursday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Katie Thwaits, left, gathers with other women interested in helping Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The next gathering of 100 Women Who Care will be announced soon. To get on the mailing list, email kristy@unitedwaynnm.org. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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