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100+ Women Who Care East County supports nonprofit community center with sizeable donation

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - 100+ Women Who Care East County made a $10,000 donation to support the Gresham Senior Center. For many of the almost 200 seniors who visit the Gresham Senior Center every week, 600 N.E. Eighth St., the time they spend participating in classes, doing puzzles in the reading room, or having lunch at Meals on Wheels, is the only human interactions they will have.

It's one of the few places in the community where seniors can congregate for companionship and programs, said Midge Nasiatka, a volunteer who helms the sewing room.

"We stop everything we are doing if someone needs to talk," Nasiatka said. "We are often the only people they see all day."

Now, thanks to a quarterly gathering by local women who make a difference in the community, the Gresham Senior Center has received a donation of $10,000 from the East County chapter of 100+ Women Who Care.

The donation was made Thursday evening, Feb. 13, at Clear Creek Events Center, 376 N.E. 219th Ave. The event was sponsored by Gresham Ford.

100+ Women Who Care is a group of forward-thinking community members who gather four times a year for one-hour meetings. The women learn about local charities and donate to local nonprofits. Each member chips in $100. The combined donation makes a real impact, without any time-consuming fundraising events or planning, planners said.

For the Senior Center, the donation meets bolstering the equipment in the sewing room. Volunteers craft and mend beautiful quilts, one of the major fundraising sources for the nonprofit organization. It will also help pay the monthly rent and fund programs.

"I am so excited," Nasiatka said. "I can't imagine what my ladies are going to say and do."

The other two nominees for the donations were Stylin Hope, a nonprofit clothing closet, and Family of Friends Mentoring, which connects mentors with at-risk children. While neither were chosen for a donation this time, they are both eligible to receive funds during future meetings.

To date, 100+ Women Who Care have donated almost $70,000 into the local community, with no plans on stopping anytime soon. Women from across the community are encouraged to join the group.

"This has just been such a joy to come and hear about these nonprofits," said Bess Wills, owner of Gresham Ford. "To sit in a room with likeminded women who care about their community — we can all do fabulous things."

To learn more about 100+ Women Who Care East County, or to become a member, visit 100womenwhocareeastcounty.org.


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