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The Power of the People

100 People Who Care is a giving group in Edmonton where you can join community-minded people to provide a local charity or non-profit with as much as $10,000 – an amount that can make a real difference.
Donations co-ordinator Gary Goertz present a cheque to Zebra Child Protection Centre.
Donations co-ordinator Gary Goertz present a cheque to Zebra Child Protection Centre.

100 People Who Care is a giving group in Edmonton where you can join community-minded people to provide a local charity or non-profit with as much as $10,000 – an amount that can make a real difference. Everyone is welcome to come to meetings as a member or a guest.

The approach: 100 people give $100 each and donate the $10,000 to charity. Joining the group gives ordinary Edmontonians a chance to provide an Edmonton-area charity with a sizeable amount that can make a significant difference. Membership coordinator Lana Solberg, says that meetings are held four times a year. Members propose and vote on which charity they'd like to contribute to. Right now there are approximately forty members in Edmonton.

"I first heard about the 100 people movement through a girlfriend who initiated the 100 Women Who Care group in Calgary," says Solberg. "What made me want to join the group was the cool concept of the original 100 giving model, meet with community-minded folks, learn about local charities, and write

cheques for $100 and together donate a substantial sum to a local not-for-profit organization."

Charities that 100 People Who Care has donated to in Edmonton in the past are The Mustard Seed, a non-profit Christian organization in the inner-city; E4C, a non-profit charitable organization the provides social programs for vulnerable people; Angels Anonymous, a Canadian charity that grants wishes to children whose parents are battling illness and Zebra Child Protection Centre, a centre that works with children in need.

The group has appeared on Global TV Morning News, and been in the Metro News. Their members range from every day people to more well-known people such as Elaine Wilson, a well-known chef who teaches cooking classes and has appeared on Breakfast TV numerous times. Wilson was originally part of Edmonton's planning committee and is still a participating member.

"I have met so many great people in the Edmonton community and also have learned about so many local charities that I did not know existed before, and it makes you realize how many local charities need our help," says Lana Solberg.



The next 100 People Who Care event is on August 25, 2015 at 6:30 P.M at Terwillegar Recreation Centre in Multi-Purpose Room, beside the Second Cup. Registration is from 6:00 P.M to 6:30 P.M. For more information call 780-237-1799 or visit www.100peoplewhocare.org