There are so many worthy causes in the Valley, but for busy women, finding the right one may seem difficult, and a small donation may seem useless. 

That’s why more than 100 women across the Valley are joining together to form 100 Women Who Care, an organization that raises awareness of local charities and asks members to make a $100 donation each quarter.

The idea was started in 2006 and has quickly spread across the country.

Each group, facilitated by volunteers, gets together quarterly to hear a presentation about three local non-profits, nominated by members of the group. At the end of the presentations all members vote for a charity they’d like to support. Votes are counted on scene and at the end of the night each member is asked to write a $100 check to the charity garnering the most votes. Each group aims to have 100 members so that at each meeting they’re able to give a $10,000 check to a charity in need. Donations go directly to the charity.

For several years there’s been a group near Arcadia, which is how Ahwatukee Foothills resident Kim Tarnopolski first heard about it, but now she’s bringing it to Ahwatukee. On Feb. 10, the Ahwatukee 100 Women Who Care will have its first donation meeting at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. Check-in for the meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with the meeting slated to start at 6:30 p.m.

“I’m a big believer in community and the power of community especially when you bring determined women together,” Tarnopolski said. “It’s a great opportunity to give back. We’re all very busy people. I have a 12-year-old daughter and lots of friends with kids and all I ever hear is, ‘I want to do more but I just don’t have the time.’ This was just a way for busy women to give back in a nominal amount of time and dollars.”

Tarnopolski said right now there are just over 50 women in the Ahwatukee group. Most are friends, or friends of friends, but anyone is welcome to join or just attend and donate.

Each member must commit to a $100 donation every three months. Members can join in teams of two or four. Only members are allowed to nominate a charity and vote for a charity, but anyone is welcome to attend and donate.

Meetings last about one hour.

For more information on the group, visit 100wwcvalleyofthesun.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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