Local women gathered Feb. 18 at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza to learn about the efforts of area nonprofits and to raise funds.
The group – Power of 100 Women-Coffee County – meets quarterly, with each participant, or group of participants, donating $100 to the presenting organization earning the most votes.
On Feb. 18, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) garnered the majority vote, receiving $3,725.
Power of 100 Women-Coffee County has grown since its inception.
“We are currently up to 81 members for the Power of 100 Women-Coffee County, with 58 members in attendance this month,” said Holly Jones, member of the Power of 100 Women.
The amount collected at the meeting for CASA Works was $3,725, with more to come from members unable to attend this quarter’s meeting, said Jones.
In addition to CASA, representatives of Haven of Hope and Sportsmen and Businessmen’s Charitable Organization also shared information.
“Out of 10 nonprofits that applied, three were selected by blind-draw to speak,” Jones said.
Presenters included Kellye Gilbert with Haven of Hope, Wanda Strayhorn with CASA and Carla Clay with the Sportsmen and Businessmen’s Charitable Organization.
“Also, Carrie Grissom Huckeby, from the Warren County chapter (of the Power of 100 Women), joined us to share the impact they have made in their community,” Jones said.
Jones thanked all participants.
“With each meeting, momentum and membership grows,” Jones said. “We were thrilled to see many new faces, and have new nonprofits apply for the opportunity to receive the funds. Each time we are able to come together as women in the community to contribute directly to local nonprofits, and positively impact the organizations and services offered.”
Being part of the initiative is “so heartwarming,” she added.
“We leave knowing that we are helping to make a difference in the lives of individuals in our community,” Jones said. “My favorite part of each meeting is when the winner is announced, and being able to see and feel the excitement and appreciation for our collective contribution.”
Wanda Strayhorn, representing CASA Works, shared information about the positive difference the organization makes in lives of children in Coffee, Franklin and Bedford counties.
She encouraged locals to get involved and become advocates. CASA advocates aim to carry out an independent investigation of the children’s needs and to make recommendations in the children’s best interest. Advocates work closely with DCS.
She expressed appreciation for the support.
“I’m really passionate about CASA,” said Strayhorn through tears.