We’re Men Who Care
Motivated by the simple, powerful and effective ‘100 Who Care’ concept, and with the support of the 100 Women Who Care Los Alamos Chapter, our group of co-founders immediately wanted to bring together 100 Men Who Care in Northern New Mexico.
Our mission is to support local charities and non-profit organizations who are dedicated to serve and make a difference in our community. Together, we dramatically multiply our individual impact by supporting under-resourced entities - 100 Men Who Care members are able to nominate and share about charities and non-profit organizations they want to support with up to $10,000!
Members also learn more about the communities in which we live and what other organizations are doing throughout Northern New Mexico within our community to meet needs, give hope and opportunity to the lives of others, or protect and sustain our environment strike and the welfare of the creatures within.
History of 100 Who Care
As of today, there are more than 600 actively operating chapters located throughout the world with several more hundred under development. Chapters consist of women’s groups, men’s groups, groups inclusive of both men and women, and kids groups. The first ‘100 Who Care’ chapter was started by Karen Dunigan in 2006 in Jackson, Michigan.
The group raised $12,800 in less than one hour to supply cribs for new mothers. At that time, Karen learned through her connection with a local non-profit organization, the Center for Family Health, that new mothers were bringing their babies home and needing to place the sleeping infants in boxes, dresser drawers, or on their own beds because they could not afford a proper crib. Some of these babies didn’t survive the night. Karen was presented with a list of how many cribs were needed, the cost of mattresses, blankets and beds. In all, a total of $10,000 was needed.
As Karen began thinking about the Center’s need, she knew there had to be a way to quickly and easily meet the financial request that was presented. With all of her involvement in the community, Karen knew she could call ten people and ask them to write $1,000 checks, but she also figured she knew 100 women who would each give $100. She began making phone calls and scheduled a meeting. At that first meeting, in one hour, a group of Karen’s friends heard the story and each wrote checks to the Center for Family Health, resulting in a $12,800 donation, more than requested, to supply new mothers with the simplest need: a crib.
Karen recognized that she was onto something special. She founded the first 100+ Women Who Care and scheduled quarterly meetings. The rules were simple, any member could present a need in the community, the need had to be immediate and the money had to remain local. The idea was that a worthy cause benefits many in the community.