July 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 a three-way tie between HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, Mini Mermaid Running Club and Women’s Gathering Place as the recipients of funding at its July 13th meeting held at Merlion Restaurant in Cupertino, Calif.
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation is to support all women healing from breast cancer by providing post-surgical products and services regardless of financial status. It is a professional accredited organization that supports any woman with breast cancer. The HERS Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1998 by a team of dynamic women. The founding trio includes a breast health consultant, a fund-raising executive, and a tax consultant who is also a breast cancer survivor. Motivated by their concern for women and the high incidence of breast cancer, along with the lack of specific services for breast cancer survivors, a vision for a foundation was created. HERS Breast Cancer Foundation provides quality products and emotional support, with the goal to empower and care for each client as a whole person.
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.
Women’s Gathering Place is a safe and welcoming place in downtown San Jose where women without a home can find the support of other women, connect with vital services and find respite, spiritual renewal, and joy when there is nowhere else to go but the street. Women’s Gathering Place women are encouraged to participate in therapeutic small groups and meet with representatives from partner agencies that will help establish housing, paths to employment, and provide case management.
Since the 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley chapter was started in the fall of 2013, it has raised over $38,000 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 October 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.