Women Who Care group has donated $502,000 to local nonprofits so far.

May 20, 2021

Some of the Women Who Care members during a Zoom meeting last year.

Women Who Care group has donated $502,000 to local nonprofits so far.

WWC begins its 10th year with a meeting June 1.

COVID-19’s disruption of community life failed to sidetrack the Women Who Care of Oceana County (WWC) the past 12 months. These area women — now numbering 140 strong — continued combining their $100 personal contributions every three months to meaningfully impact a different area nonprofit.

Mass gatherings not allowed the past year? No problem! WWC held its June, September, and December 2020; and March 2021 meetings via Zoom. At each one, participants chose a different nonprofit to support: Fountain Hill Center, Mrs. Mullens’ Closet, The Ladder Community Center, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library-Oceana. These contributions totaled some $80,000, which include a match from the Schulze (founder of Best Buy) Family Foundation.

Since WWC’s first meeting in June of 2012, the members have contributed a total of $502,000 to an assortment of nonprofits serving Oceana citizens. With COVID restrictions now being lifted, the group begins its 10th year with a one-hour meeting Tuesday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Pentwater’s new Park Place. This is the former Friendship Center located at 310 North Rush Street that has just been transformed into a community center for business and community organization meetings, card playing, informal socializing, knitting groups and other purposes. Participants can attend this meeting in person, or dial in via Zoom because Park Place features a Zoom room and conferencing capabilities.

On the first Tuesday of March, June, September and December, WWC meets for an hour somewhere in Oceana County to learn about three worthy nonprofit causes serving area residents. Each time, they choose one that each member agrees to support with a $100 personal check. Socializing follows for those who have the time to stay. Membership is open to any woman who wants to be involved in this unique, joint effort to support Oceana causes. For more information, contact Amy LaBarge at 313-268-2086, or check on-line at facebook.com/womenwhocareofoceanacounty.

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