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Fundraising group 100+ Women Who Care La Plata donates more than $22,000 in 2021

Money is given to food banks, youth services
The 100+ Women Who Care La Plata philanthropic group donated $9,000 to the Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center in September. The center provides educational, social and emotional support services to 80 to 120 LGBTQ+ youths. (Christian Burney/Durango Herald)

The La Plata County fundraising group 100+ Women Who Care presented a check for $9,000 to Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center on Sept. 30. The chapter, which was founded in 2020, beat last year’s total donations by $5,000 as of Sept. 2.

The organization, a philanthropic women’s group, will make one more donation to Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center consisting of donations that were received later than Sept. 2, according to an announcement on the organization’s Facebook page.

Since February, 100+ Women Who Care La Plata raised and donated $22,700. Since February 2020, the organization has donated $41,000 to six different charities.

Since last year, members have donated to these nonprofits:

  • $9,000 to Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center on Sept. 2.
  • $6,400 to Pine River Shares on May 6.
  • $7,300 to Durango Food Bank on Feb. 4.
  • $5,900 to Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center on Sept. 3, 2020.
  • $7,300 to Community Emergency Relief Fund on May 7, 2020.
  • $5,300 to Durango Adult Education Center on Feb. 6, 2020.

Group members meet three times a year. Each member contributes a donation of $100, and the money raised is presented to a nonprofit nominated by members.

The Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center, the latest organization to receive a donation, provides educational, social and emotional support services to LGBTQ+ youths in-person and virtually, said program manager Gaye Weiss.

The organization opened Sept. 15, 2015, with 18 youth participants initially. Today, the organization serves 80 to 120 youths from the Four Corners.

The La Plata County fundraising group was founded by Jenny Howell, Bo Nottingham and Colleen Leppert.

Leppert said last year that the organization is like a “giving circle” of women.

100+ Women Who Care La Plata donated $9,000 to the Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center in September. (Courtesy of Jenny Howell/100+ Women Who Care La Plata)

100+ Women Who Care La Plata will host its next meeting Feb. 3, and is seeking new members to grow its fundraising efforts, Howell said.

People don’t need to be a member of the group to make a donation, but only members are allowed to nominate and vote on nonprofits.

Those interested in becoming a member can fill out a form at www.100womenwhocarelaplata.com/membership.

cburney@durangoherald.com

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