A group of local women are kick-starting a relatively new kind of charity, one that they hope will make an immediate and lasting impact on the greater Fairfield County community.
The group, called "100-plus Women Who Care of Fairfield County," plans to have each of its members donate $100 every quarter starting in May to a Fairfield County non-profit organization chosen by those same members.
Co-founder Sara Rose, a Pickerington-based attorney, said by pooling resources the amount donated to each charity will be substantive.
"The way it works is the people who pledge to donate for one year get to nominate local charities," Rose said.
"Three charities will be chosen at random and presented to the group as a whole," she said.
The charity that garners the most votes out of those three will receive the donation, she said.
"If we get 100 women together, that's $10,000," Rose said.
The goal is to make a tangible impact on the community, whereupon members collectively evaluate the needs of the community and then see firsthand the results of their good works.
Rose said the 100-plus Women" movement started in Michigan in 2006. There is also a chapter in Columbus.
"I realized we don't have one in Fairfield County," she said.
All the money raised will go directly to charities within the county.
"It has to be local," Rose said, meaning "any 501(c)(3) non-profit that's locally based" is eligible to receive potential funding from the program.
"One-hundred percent of the money goes to a charity and stays in our backyard," Rose said.
The first meeting of 100-plus Women of Fairfield County will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Rule (3), 650 Windmiller Drive in Pickerington.
Subsequent meetings for the 2014 calendar year will be held on the second Tuesday of August and November at a location to be determined in Fairfield County.
Rose said anyone is welcome to attend and she is also encouraging area women interested in joining the cause to bring $100, which will allow them voting privileges.
A charity will be chosen and awarded funding at the May 13 meeting.
Membership in the organization equates to "one dollar per day," said Rose.
She said donations are tax deductible, the meetings last less than an hour and joining is a great way to network with other women while giving back to the community, without the large time commitment.
For more information visit the organization's website at 100ffc.org; or call Rose at 614-834-1200.