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100+ Women Launches Be A Friend, Invite a Friend


Twenty-one new members joined 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock in 2021. With a current membership of more than 200, the group has launched “Be a Friend, Invite a Friend” for 2022 with the goals of increasing the membership and increasing the amount of money given to a member-selected nonprofit each quarter. While anyone can join without an invitation, friends’ endorsements are encouraged.

Every quarter, three nonprofits explain their needs to the membership. The members then vote on the nonprofit to receive $50 or more from each member, for an average total of more than $11,000. Each nonprofit selected must serve at least one of the 15 towns in the organization’s Monadnock service area – Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Nelson, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon, Temple and Wilton – but new members can come from anywhere.

New member Susan Gross was invited to join by her friend, Mary Payne. “Mary talked about it and I looked up the website to find out how to participate. I liked the mission of 100+ Women Monadnock,” Gross stated. “I’ve already started inviting another friend, letting them know this organization exists and encouraging them to go to the website.”

New member Anne Murrock states, “I heard about 100+ Women Monadnock some years ago. Then I did some volunteer work with Sharon Smith, who invited me to join. I saw an opportunity to give a significant boost to a local charity that is already doing good in the community. It’s great giving back to a community I enjoy being part of.”

Nominations for charities are open, and the next virtual voting session begins Jan. 21. For information on nominations and membership, visit 100womenwhocaremonadnock.com.



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Shelter from the Storm in Jaffrey Receives $11,000 Donation

Shelter From the Storm is the recipient of a donation exceeding $11,000 from the 220 members of 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock, an all-volunteer nonprofit.

Shelter from the Storm helps families in Jaffrey and Rindge overcome homelessness and regain financial independence through a variety of programs, including education, budgeting, and transportation services. As described by Executive Director Linda Harris, “Shelter in the Storm helps homeless people get back on their feet with dignity.”

“The need is great and will become even greater when the moratorium on eviction is listed,” Harris said. “Homelessness does not discriminate based on gender, age, or family status or background.”

Every quarter, the members of 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock select a nonprofit every quarter to receive a check of $50 or more from each member. Over the past eight years, the combined donations have exceeded $300,000, allowing 25 local nonprofits to immediately fund services and programs in the Monadnock area.

To find out more about the organization — as either a potential member or a nonprofit–visit www.100womenwhocaremonadnock.com/. New members are always welcome.

Caption: Linda Harris (left), Executive Director of Shelter from the Storm, receives a check for over $11,000 from Sally Eneguess, a member of the 100+ Women Monadnock Steering Committee.

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MACC Inaugurates Two New Buses

The arrival of two brand new buses has eased transportation for the clients of Monadnock Adult Care Center, a Jaffrey-based program under Monadnock Family Services for adults who are elderly, disabled, or special needs. The two new buses were purchased entirely with support and funding from the NH Department of Transportation and 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock.

“We bring services to a very marginalized population,” explains Director Christine Selmer, RN, “in a region that has no public transportation and where there aren’t a lot of community-based programs for adults who have medical, emotional, social, or developmental challenges.”

The Monadnock Adult Care Center brings in 96% of clients by bus, covering 17 towns in the region every day. As a result, their wheelchair-accessible buses only last 5 or 6 years before they need to be replaced. On-site and telehealth services for clients, families, and caregivers include nursing care and medical oversight, physical and occupational therapy, counseling, social interaction, breakfast and lunch, and respite care.

According to Selmer, “The 5310 program under the DOT allows us to purchase buses at a lower rate because we provide nonemergency services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. But the 5310 program covers only part of the cost. We had to raise over $11,000 for the rest, and that came from 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock. The beauty of 100+ Women Monadnock is that all these women come together, hear what we have to say, and make an immediate decision; if only the government worked that fast!”

For more information about Monadnock Adult Care Center, visit https://www.mfs.org/senior-day- program/. For more information on 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock, visit https://www.100womenwhocaremonadnock.com/.


CAPTION: This bus is one of two new buses that is currently transporting clients from 14 towns to and from the Jaffrey-based Monadnock Adult Care Center, thanks to funding from the NH Department of Transportation and 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock.

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100+ Women Monadnock Achieves $300K Milestone

What can $300,000 achieve in 14 towns in the Monadnock Region? This year, 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock found the answer to that question as the group reached the milestone of $300,000 in cumulative donations to nonprofits serving Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Nelson, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon and Temple.

From its first donation to the Peterborough Community Kitchen in 2013 to its most recent donation to Shelter from the Storm in Jaffrey, the membership has grown from barely 25 to over 200. As a result, the members can take credit for achievements like the following:

  • In 2019, the Peterborough Food Pantry was able to purchase a shares in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, providing clients with fresh, organic food from a local farm—for two consecutive years.

  • Monadnock Adult Care Center was able to complete the purchase of two buses with wheelchair lifts.

  • Community Meals was able to feed more than 1200 food-insecure people in the region during the pandemic and support local restaurants at the same time.

  • The Grapevine/Avenue A was able to expand its program of one-on-one help for at risk and stressed teenagers and their families.

Members of 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock select one nonprofit every quarter to receive a check of $50 or more from each member. Together, their donations now exceed $11,000 each quarter, an amount that can have a major impact for nonprofits and the communities they serve.

To join in that effort, apply for funds, or learn more about the organization, visit https://www.100womenwhocaremonadnock.com/. New members are always welcome.


CAPTION: 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock celebrates a landmark $300,000 in donations over 8 years to 25 area nonprofits. Shown are steering committee volunteers Lynn Merlone, Sally Eneguess, Boo Martin, and Judy Makechnie.



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AVENUE A PROGRAM RECEIVES $11K BOOST

100+ Women Who Care Monadnock recently stepped up to help fund critical support for local teens with a donation of over $11,000 to Avenue A, a program of The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center.

In the last year, almost 20% of local teens admitted to having thoughts of suicide, a surge that reflects the trauma of Covid-19. As explained by Mikala Mackesy, teen representative for Avenue A, teens have suffered “isolation and loss of connection to friends and loved ones. They’re reaching out and just waiting for someone else to reach back.” Jacqueline Roland, Avenue A Coordinator, noted that Avenue A is the only teen center in New Hampshire that is embedded in a family and community resource center, expanding both its reach and its services.

The members of 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock reached back. Every quarter, members vote for a nonprofit to receive a check of $50 or more from each member. Eligible nonprofits must serve the residents in any of 14 towns in the region. Currently meeting virtually, the 100+ Women members view videos from the nonprofits explaining their services and how the money will be used.

More information about Avenue A is available at https://grapevinenh.org/. To become a member of 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock or apply for the next round of funding, visit their website at https://www.100womenwhocaremonadnock.com/.

CAPTION: Avenue A accepts a donation of more than $11,000 from 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock. From left to right: Mikala Mackesy, teen representative; Jacqueline Roland, Avenue A Coordinator; Boo Martin, 100+ Women Who Care Monadnock; Melissa Gallagher, Executive Director, The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center