October 14, 2015 –Cupertino, Calif. — The Silicon Valley Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care, a giving circle where members nominate local organizations for possible funding, today announced College of Adaptive Arts as the recipient of funding at its October 14th meeting held at Merlion Restaurant in Cupertino, CA.
The College of Adaptive Arts is building a college of the performing arts for students with disabilities. Students ages 18+ can take an individual class for a 3-unit certificate, or can enroll in a particular course of study and complete a 60-unit articulated curriculum. The College of Adaptive Arts is an institution of lifelong learners, so once the undergraduate course of study is completed, students are welcome and encouraged to return to enroll in a graduate program designed to get them more engaged and partnered in the community.
In addition to College of Adaptive Arts, members listened to presentations from Lead the Way and Elevate Tutoring.
Lead the Way is an annual Girl Scout Leadership Event for high school age girls. This year’s Lead the Way project is focused on raised funds to purchase A/V equipment for the group, so that the group does not have to rent the pricey equipment every year. Not having to rent the equipment would allow the Girl Scouts to lower their fees, thereby making the events more accessible to more girls.
Elevate Tutoring provides high quality tutors to under-resourced middle and high school students in the subjects of science and math. The tutors are well-trained, financially disadvantaged Bay Area college students who receive scholarships in return for their year-long tutoring efforts. The tutors of the Tutor Training Scholarship Program receive three-fold support and give thousands of hours of free tutoring. Combined, the tutors have received over $93,000 in scholarship money, taken 60 hours of training each, and provided over 2,200 hours of free tutoring (as part of their training) to other financially in-need students.
Additionally, 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley members heard from last meeting’s funding recipient, Supporting Mamas. The members were delighted to hear that Supporting Mamas recently received nonprofit 501(c)3 status. “This tax exemption will enable Supporting Mamas to begin fundraising for programs the work to provide support and hope to women and families struggling with pregnancy and postpartum-related mental health complications, such as postpartum depression and anxiety. Through its support group and warmline (planned for 2016), Supporting Mamas is working to address the lack of comprehensive parental mental health services available in San Jose and surrounding cities,” said Cheryl Hart, founder of Supporting Mamas.
Since the 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley chapter was started in the fall of 2013, it has raised over $32,000 for local non-profits. Meetings are held quarterly on the second Wednesday of the quarter. The next 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley meeting will be held at 6pm on January 13th at Merlion Restaurant in Cupertino, Calif.
About 100+ Women Who Care
100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley is a giving circle where members nominate local organizations to receive funding. At each meeting, three pre-nominated organizations are picked “from the hat” to share its mission and vision with the group. After the three organizations present, members then vote anonymously and the organization with the most votes receives a check for $100 from each member, written that evening directly to the winning organization. The group is patterned after similar all-women giving circles located throughout the world.