100+ WOMEN WHO CARE CENTRAL OREGON
DONATE $18,595 TO THREE CENTRAL OREGON NONPROFITS
Bend, OR – This time a year ago, the pandemic had just begun. Now, more than a year later, we are still feeling the impact of the virus on our communities and nonprofit organizations. Services are in demand more than ever. Members of 100+ Women Who Care Central Oregon (WWCCO), founded back in 2014, is committed to assisting Central Oregon nonprofit organizations in need.
Collectively, members raised $18,595 for three area organizations in in March. We are pleased to announce the recipients for the first quarter of 2021: The Guardian Group $4,625; Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, $7,495; and Pet Evacuation Team (PET) $6,475.
The Guardian Group’s mission is to prevent and disrupt sex trafficking of women and children in C.O. by giving a voice to the voiceless. The group works with various partners, such as law enforcement by training them to help identify victims and predators. The funds will be used for additional trainings.
Healing Reins provides equine-assisted strategies designed to help Central Oregonians with varying disabilities and special needs to thrive in various ways. Funds will be used to establish an in-house mental health clinic for the C.O. community, toward building a second arena, and expanding community outreach.
Pet Evacuation Team (PET) is an all-volunteer organization that works under the direction of Red Cross and emergency services during evacuations. Their mission is to serve animals in crisis due to natural disasters, emergency situations or neglect. Donations from members will be used to purchase additional trailers and supplies for outlying areas of C. O.
Kristin Betschart who is co-leader, along with Linda Orcelletto for 100+ WWCCO, said, “who knew the pandemic would have such a lasting impact. We’ve had to change our ways of raising funds, but the members of 100+ WWCCO have risen to the challenge and continued to support those who need it most.”