100 Women Who Care was started in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, MI, as a brilliantly simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities. In a meeting with the Center for Family Health she learned of a need for cribs for new mothers who were bringing their babies home and placing the sleeping infants in boxes, dresser drawers or on their own beds because they could not afford a proper crib. With all of her involvement in the community, Karen figured she knew 100 women who would each give $100. She began making phone calls and scheduled a meeting. At the first meeting, in one hour, a group of Karen’s friends heard the story and each wrote a check to the Center for Family Health and raised $12,800. This was more than requested and they were able to purchase 300 new baby cribs!
Karen knew she was on to something special, and so began her legacy of changing lives through the over 550 chapters of 100 Who Care throughout the world. Karen saw people for their strengths and realized that when 100 or more people come together in a room, each person becomes a powerful force for doing good work while lifting up the community.
100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County was launched in March, 2018 by Ann Morgan and Peggy Reineck.