100 Women Who Care donate to Matthew 25:35 Food Pantry

MANISTEE — The 100 Women Who Care met in April, and after hearing presentations about three county agencies, selected Matthew 25:35 Food Panty as the recipient of the group’s second quarter donation.

The group raised $6,500 in April.

The Municipal League for Public Policy (MLPP) recently released numbers in a report, “Making Ends Meet” on the cost of living expenses for individuals and families in Michigan. An individual needs about $1,900 and a family of two $2,500 to meet basic needs. With a minimum wage at $8.90 per hour, many are falling short each month financially, and as a result, the need for well-stocked food pantries is ever more important.

Judy Crockett presented Joan Gamache (pictured) with $6,500 donated by members of 100 Women Who Care Manistee County.  (Courtesy photo)

Judy Crockett presented Joan Gamache (pictured) with $6,500 donated by members of 100 Women Who Care Manistee County. (Courtesy photo)

“All monies raised through 100 Women and 100 Men Who Care Manistee County stays and works in Manistee County,” said Judy Crockett, co-founder of the local care group. “We recognize the extreme need in our county to continue to help those individuals and families who fall short each month and without a food pantry, would go hungry.

“As part of the one-hour Women Who Care meeting, we hear five minute presentations from three different agencies. These presentations are so informative and we all learn so much about the people working to care for others in our county.”

Following the April vote, the women heard a presentation from Rita Cusack, case worker for Staircase Youth Services, the agency funded in January by 100 Women Who Care. Cusack moved many in the room to tears as she spoke about the impact the dollars would make on young people in Manistee County.

“When I take a client out for lunch, or a movie, or to an event, they always thank me,” said Cusack. “And I tell them, it’s not from me, it’s from 100 women who care about you.”

Crockett invites women to check out a meeting before making a commitment to join.

“And while participation in the actual process is open only to those who have signed a commitment form, meetings are open to everyone,” said Crockett. “Membership commitment forms and more information are available at the meetings. We begin and end promptly, so come a few minutes early to get settled before we begin.”

100 Men Who Care Manistee also met in April and their group selected Habitat for Humanity as the recipient of their second quarter donation. Together, the two groups have donated in excess of $100,000 directly to organizations working and doing good in Manistee County.

All meetings are held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The Bungalow Inn in Manistee. The women meet the third Tuesday of the month. Next meeting dates are July 18 and Oct. 17. 100 Men Who Care Manistee meet the third Wednesday of the month: July 19 and Oct. 18.

For more information, email womensnetworkmanistee@gmail.com.

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