Strength in numbers: 100 Women Who Care Sea to Sky aims to raise $40,000 annually for local charities

A group of Sea to Sky women are finding common ground in their desire to give back. The 100 Women Who Care Sea to Sky chapter has been launched with the goal of making a $10,000 donation four times a year to a community non-profit or charity of choice. A launch event will be held on Wednesday, April 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Executive Suites Hotel and Resort Squamish with subsequent meetings planned for Whistler and Pemberton.

"I'd heard about the organization through a friend in Kelowna and thought, we have the kind of community that can do that," said Squamish resident Catherine Trueman who founded the Sea to Sky chapter last month. "This isn't $50 or even $100. This is a sizeable donation that for some non-profits is miracle-making. We can be the women who make a difference."

The organization began in 2006 in Jackson, Michigan with one woman's mission to supply new mothers in need with a very simple request: a crib. In just one hour, she and her friends managed to raise $12,800. Following that, the first 100 Women Who Care group was formed. The group went on to raise $670,000 for community non-profits. Four hundred chapters and hundreds of thousands of dollars later, women around the world are uniting

100 Women Who Care Sea to Sky will meet four times annually during which each member will bring a cheque for $100 to result in a one-time collective donation of $10,000 to a local non-profit or charity. Organizations are nominated and voted on by members at each meeting. Membership is open to women in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton.

For more information on the 100 Women Who Care Sea to Sky Chapter and to register as a member visit 100womenseatosky.com.