We’re Men Who Care
Inspired by the simple, powerful and effective ‘100 Who Care’ concept, and with the support of the 100 Women Who Care Southern Maine chapter , co-founders Peter Atherton and Marc Hodroff immediately wanted to set in motion an opportunity to bring together 100 Men Who Care in Southern Maine.
Our goal is to support charities and non-profit organizations dedicated to serving and making a difference in our communities. These organizations are almost universally under-resourced. Together, we dramatically multiply our individual impact.
100 Men Who Care members are able to nominate and share about charities and non-profit organizations they want to support with $10,000 in one hour!
Members also learn more about the communities in which we live and what other organizations are doing throughout Southern Maine to meet needs, give hope and opportunity to the lives of others, or protect and sustain our environment and the welfare of the creatures within.
History of 100 Who Care
Currently, there are more than 400 actively operating chapters located throughout the world with several more under development. Chapters encompass 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.
What a simple, powerful and effective concept!
Let’s do it Men of Southern Maine!
Let’s pool together our $100 checks each quarter to make a $10,000 impact to a local charity organization to help build a better community!
All donations will be given to designated charity/non-profit organizations serving the Southern Maine area. National organizations will not be considered, unless they have a local branch in the Southern Maine area. The organizations must be an established 501(c)3.
How 100 Who Care Works
See how a ‘100 Who Care’ chapter generally works in about 1 minute…but maybe replace the wine with the possibility of a hopped beverage of choice!
Pete is the President and Founder of ActionsProve, LLC and author of Reversing Burnout. ActionsProve works with professionals and business owners to create greater growth and profits through more effective employee attraction, retention, and impact – both inside and outside the office. Pete served communities as an accomplished professional engineer for more than 20 years. Pete sold his engineering firm ownership to focus on designing systems to help others and their organizations grow and succeed. For over 12 years, Pete has also been serving in multiple capacities in the non-profit sector to achieve both local and global impact, including as a leader with ADios Ministries based here in Southern Maine.
Marc is a founding partner and practicing physician at Fore River Urology in South Portland. Marc moved to Portland from Minneapolis in 2004. Marc has served on medical missions and other international service trips, although his focus recently has been more local and family based. Marc and his family are connected with and passionate about the social service and foster care systems here in Maine. Marc also serves in his local church and as the Treasurer for ADios Ministries based here in Southern Maine.