100 Women Strong OHIO accepting grant applications through June 30

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies
The local 100 Women Strong Ohio group's first event took place at Western Reserve Academy, where the group granted $17,000 to Family Promise of Summit County. This picture includes board and committee members. The group is adding COVID-19 relief and anti-racism efforts to the causes it plans to support.

A little over a year ago, 100 Women Strong OHIO was just a dream in the minds of a few women who wanted to make a difference and believed in the power of current and future friends to affect change now, and set an example for future generations. Today, they are more than 250 women strong and growing.

100 Women Strong OHIO is a women-led nonprofit whose mission is to make a difference in our region for causes important to women. The group follows a giving circle model, where members’ donations are combined for maximum impact and a greater good than might be accomplished on an individual basis.

100 Women Strong OHIO asks members to make a single annual contribution of $200. One-hundred percent of contributions will support charitable partners chosen by members at twice annual “giving” events. At these events, prospective grant recipient organizations will present the mission and needs of their groups. The selected recipient will then receive a grant pooling the funds of all members of 100 Women Strong OHIO.

The group has already given close to $100,000 in charitable donations and countless tangible items to local organizations in just a little over a year.

They were also able to respond last month with an emergency fund to help with the COVID-19 response efforts. Thankful for generous matches, they were part of an $8,000 donation to the Hudson Community Foundation, Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

The group will be holding their second giving event of 2020 in September at a date and location to be announced.

The group is currently accepting grant applications through June 30. Local non-profits are invited to apply at 100womenstrongOHIO.org.

“Women work so hard everyday to positively affect people’s lives, whether at work, home or in our communities,” says co-Founder and President Jen Yozwiak. “But even beyond our own priorities, there are regional priorities that women should know about, talk about and support. We invite you to join us at our next event as our guest.

For more information, see 100womenstrongohio.org or follow 100womenstrongohio on Facebook and Instagram.