100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley Announces Summer 2015 Funding Recipient

Left to Right: Therese Kollerer (100+), Angie Anthony (100+), Cheryl Hart (Supporting Mamas -funding recipient), Barb Otto (100+), Marla Feierabend (100+)

Left to Right: Therese Kollerer (100+), Angie Anthony (100+), Cheryl Hart (Supporting Mamas -funding recipient), Barb Otto (100+), Marla Feierabend (100+)

July 9, 2015 – Mountain View, Calif. — The Silicon Valley Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care, a giving circle where members nominate local organizations for possible funding, today announced Supporting Mamas as the recipient of funding at its July 8th meeting held at Agave Mexican Bistro in Mountain View, CA.

Supporting Mamas is dedicated to helping new and expectant moms and their families overcome postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders by offering information, resources, support and hope.  Supporting Mamas is working to address the lack of comprehensive parental mental health services available in San Jose and surrounding cities by offering information, resources, support and hope. It currently offers a drop-in support group in Campbell, and in the future hopes to offer training courses, free phone chats with moms, as well as Spanish-speaking groups and in-home visitations for lower-income moms.

In addition to Supporting Mamas, members listened to presentations from RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) and Mini Mermaid Running Club.

RAFT’s mission is to help educators transform a child’s learning experience through hands-on education to one that inspires the joy and discovery of learning. It is doing this today with some 10,000 educators, who teach both inside and outside the classroom. RAFT’s products (Activity Kits & Idea Sheets), services (professional development and mentoring) and low-cost teaching supplies enrich and improve the education of over 900,000 young people each year.

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 $28,500 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 October 14th.

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.