The Power of 100 came together for one organization, the McMinnville-Warren County Senior Center.
The Power of 100 Warren County donated $13,700 to the Senior Center and presented them with the check Thursday morning.
The Power of 100 has been around since 2018 with Carrie Huckaby being the founder of the Warren County chapter, and the club donated $6,300 in its first donation. Members meet four times a year to see presentations from three charities in Warren County. After the presentations, the members vote on which nonprofit they would like to support. When a decision is made, each member writes a check for $100 to go toward that charity. Steering committee member Shelly Miller said, “We’re pulling the power of women to make bigger donations.”
One may join individually, or one can join with another to form a two-person team where each donates $50 and shares a vote. Eligible charities have to be categorized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Charities register with the Power of 100 and three are chosen randomly to present at a meeting to then be voted on.
At the April meeting which was the first one in person since the pandemic, Senior Center executive director Lana Whitlock presented to the club what the organization does and the services it provides. In 2020, Power of 100 members watched video presentations, and Miller said, “We’ve never missed a meeting.”
The Black House and Caring Hearts United also presented, but the Senior Center received the most votes. “When the votes are counted,” Miller said, “we all take our checkbooks out at the meeting.”
The Senior Center has presented a couple of times, but this is the first time it won.
“Special thank you to the Power of 100 women in Warren County,” said Whitlock, “It will be going to a great cause at the Senior Center.”
“Our group has really grown because there’s not much time taken out of their lives,” added Miller. She reiterated that the club only meets for one hour every three months, so it’s a great way to make a big contribution without dedicating much time. Now with 192 members, this most recent donation puts the Power of 100’s total donations since its beginning over $100,000. The Power of 100’s next meeting is in July where members will generously donate to another lucky local organization.