I couldn't be more excited to write this post. I'm currently sitting at my kitchen table, right knee bouncing as James Bay's voice fills my home, fingers dominating the keyboard with excitement.
For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be part of something big. Something that mattered. I remember as a little girl, when people would ask what I wanted to do when I grew up I would say, "something that matters." For years, I've tried to think of ways I could make a lasting impact for those in my community but nothing seemed sustainable. How could I, little me, make a difference? I'm no millionaire, there's only 24 hours in the day, and where would I even start?
It wasn't until I was on my mom's couch listening to her talk about wanting to "do something that matters" that it finally dawned on us. This yearning to make an impact, to make a difference isn't just mine, but it's a shared consensus among all women. It's part of who we are. We're natural born givers, nurtures, and we're compassionate as heck, so why not come together, little you, and little me? It's a simple concept really, I mean, there's strength in numbers, right? Right.
Well you guys, that's exactly what we're doing, my mom and I.
A few weeks ago, my mom (such a legend) launched Women Who Give, Minnesota. Women Who Give, Minnesota is a group of like-minded women coming together to make a greater impact for local nonprofits with a mission to give as much as we can, to as many as we can, for as long as we can. And we're asking you to join us. You and your mom, or you and your girlfriends, or you and your grandma, aunt, cousin, you and WHOM EVER, to be a woman who gives.
How it works? We meet three times a year with a commitment to donate $50 each time ($150 annually). Active members are eligible to nominate a nonprofit or charity of their choosing. At each meeting, three charities will be randomly drawn from the member's submissions. Active members will then vote and determine the winner! Once the winner is chosen, each member will write a $50 check that night to the winning charity and the grand total will be presented to the winning organization. Simple. As. That.
Let's be real, a lot of us want to help but think our little contribution won't really make a difference. But if we combine my 50 dollars, with your 50 dollars, and her 50 dollars, and her's, and her's, and her's…we can make a larger impact.
We would absolutely LOVE if you joined us on this journey. You can sign up here and find out more information by visiting Women Who Give, Minnesota (be sure to Like us on Facebook, too!) Our first meeting is on March 22nd, so hurry up and join already, won't you?!