$11,200 to Operation Freedom!

The fifth voting meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care – Greater Durand Area took place on September 20th.
We heard about three worthy organizations:

Blair Panchek nominated Operation Freedom. This years game will be held on Oct. 5th against Montrose. 100% of the profit goes to the Veterans Relief Fund. In the past, they have provided things such as a roof on a house, a ramp, paid Consumers and other bills. They find those who have a need through Bob Bushman at the local VFW.

Nancy Scott nominated Kerr Cares Closet. Nancy has been teaching at DAS for 20 years. The Kerr Cares Closet supplies such as pantry items, toothpaste, clothing, backpacks, food, etc. to students at Robert Kerr. The family in need fills out a request form which is reviewed weekly by the Kerr Cares Family. Decisions are based on funding availability. Winning this award could finance them for up to 5 years.

Kathy Wilson nominated the SCOA- Durand Senior Center to purchase a new oven. Their current oven has two burners out, the oven doesn’t heat to the correct temperature and the grill doesn’t work. The oven is sold old they can no longer get parts. The Senior Center uses the oven to provide 180 meals per day, both at the center and for Meals on Wheels.

Members voted and there was a two way tie between Operation Freedom and Durand Senior Center. A tie breaking vote took place and the majority vote was cast for Operation Freedom. With 100% participation from our members, Operation Freedom will receive $11,200.

Since our group started in 2016, we have gifted over $44,000 to Durand area nonprofits.  

$9,400 to Durand Backpack Program!

After our 4th 100+ Women meeting we’ve made a impact in our community with over $33,000 in donations! 

We heard from three deserving groups during our 4th meeting on March 15, 2018: I Cancer Vive, Durand Backpack Program and Live Healthy Shiawassee. 

The Durand Backpack Program won the majority vote and will receive $9,400 from our group!

$9,000 to Durand Railroaders FIRST Robotics Team!

Three area non-profits presented to our group on September 21, 2017: DMS English, Language & Arts, Durand Robotics and Durand Model Railroad.

The recipient of our collective donation of $9,000 is the Durand Robotics Team. We hope others will put their name in the basket at our next meeting on March 15th.

After our third meeting we’ve donated $24,000 LOCALLY to worthy organizations!


$8,700 To Durand Union Station!

Three area non-profits presented to our group on March 23, 2017: Durand Robotics, Durand Union Station-Michigan Railroad History Museum and Live Healthy Shiawassee.

The recipient of our collective donation of $8,700 is Durand Union Station. We enjoyed learning about the Durand Robotics Team and Live Healthy Shiawassee and hope they will put their name in at our next meeting on September 21st.

After our second meeting we’ve donated $15,000 LOCALLY to worthy organizations!


$6,300 to Durand Educational Foundation!

The three presenters at our first meeting on September 22nd, 2016 were: Durand Educational Foundation, Durand Robotics Team, and Durand Union Station. We heard about three great organizations within our community!

The nominations were tallied and the majority vote went to the Durand Educational Foundation. The Foundation was formed in 2013 and operates independent of the school district. They offer mini grants to staff and volunteers who desire funding for unique educational experiences for Durand students. They received our collective donation of $6,300!
A Durand Alum offered a $10,000 donation to the Foundation if they could raise matching funds in 2016 — before our meeting they had raised $5,000. Our $6,300 donation put them over the top and they received the full $10,000 from the Alum.