100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley Announces Spring 2016 Funding Recipient

April 13, 2016 –Cupertino, Calif. — The Silicon Valley Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care, a giving circle where members nominate local organizations for possible funding, today announced Animal Assisted Happiness as the recipient of funding at its April 13th meeting held at Merlion Restaurant in Cupertino, CA.

Animal Assisted Happiness provides hands-on access to animals for special needs children and their families, who can be uplifted by the generosity and goodwill of domestic pets and farm animals.  AAH has a barnyard in Gilroy, CA and also a mobile unit, which makes several on-site visits each month.

In addition to Animal Assisted Happiness, members listened to presentations from Star Vista and Mini Mermaid Running Club.

StarVista is a non-profit organization, that for more than 30 years, has been dedicated to transforming the lives of children, young people, adults, and families across San Mateo County.Formerly known as Youth and Family Enrichment Services, StarVista came into being when Youth and Family Assistance and Family and Community Enrichment Services merged in 2003. StarVista offers unparalleled counseling, prevention, early intervention and education resources and services to more than 34,000 people throughout San Mateo County every year, creating opportunities for healthier, stronger, and more hopeful lives.

The Mini Mermaid Running Club is a unique running club for girls ranging in age from 5 – 15 years. Its goal is to help build self-esteem, teach healthy eating and living skills while giving girls a chance to fall in love with running, moving their bodies and experiencing the satisfaction of crossing a finish line. During the six week curriculum the girls learn the value of exercise and moving their bodies regardless of their size, shape or ability. The workouts are not focused on being first or running fast, but rather on each girl finding her own pace so that she can run her own race.

Since the 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley chapter was started in the fall of 2013, it has raised over $35,000 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 July 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.

For more information and to become a member, visit www.100womensv.org or contact Therese Kollerer, therese_100@yahoo.com or (408) 370-5272, for membership or non-profit nomination information.

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