History

100 Women Who Care of the Northeast (100WWC-NE) was started by sisters Beth Purdy and Cheryl Meyers, and friends Jeanne Rizzo and Lori O’Neil in the fall of 2019. Beth and Cheryl learned of the concept from their aunt, Patricia Beck, who is one of the founding members of the 100WWC Adirondack Foothills Chapter in NY. They were inspired by the idea that a group of individual women could come together, quickly raise money, and have a tremendous financial impact on charities in their local communities. With the support and guidance of the Adirondack Foothills and Albany chapters, the vision of supporting charities in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties became a reality.

The first meeting of 100WWC-NE chapter is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 5th Ave., Saratoga Springs NY 12866. We welcome all women from the community as we begin this exciting adventure!

Special thanks go out to 100 WWC Albany and Adirondack Foothills chapters for all of your support and guidance as we begin this exciting journey! We also thank the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church for so graciously donating a space for us to meet each quarter.

100WWC was started by Karen Dunigan in Jackson, Michigan in 2006. During a meeting with executive leadership from the Center for Family Health, Karen learned that there was a need for portable cribs for new mothers who were not able to afford them in her community. She came up with the idea that if she could find 100 women to donate $100, the financial need could quickly be met. During a meeting lasting just one hour, Karen managed to raise $12,800 in donations. She quickly realized that she was on to something special and began holding quarterly meetings to raise money for other charitable organizations in her community. The idea took off, and according to the 100 Who Care Alliance, there are more than 900 chapters of women, men, children working together to make a difference in their local communities.