Branch County Children’s Museum receives funds from Women Who Care

At the August Branch Women Caring Meeting, held at The Ponds of Coldwater, the group voted to donate the quarterly funds for the meeting to the Branch County Children’s Museum. . The amount donated during the hour-long meeting was $ 8,500, bringing the group to a total donation to the community of over $ 273,500.

Kristen Niedzwicki was the member who nominated the organization for the donation, which will be used for new exhibits at the museum.

Women Who Care of Branch County is an alliance of busy women who want to make a difference and can devote some time (four short meetings per year) and resources ($ 100 four times per year) to streamline fundraising for women. charities and local organizations with a 501 (c) 3. Meetings take place once a quarter. Members can name the charity of their choice at the start of each meeting. Two nominations came out of a box, and these two members have 10 minutes to explain to the group why the charity needs funds. The third option will always be to help fund smaller projects through the Branch County Community Foundation. Once the speakers are finished, members vote on who should receive the money raised that evening. Those who cannot attend still pledge to donate $ 100 per quarter to the charity chosen at the meeting. Members are not required to propose and speak; many members simply come to the meeting, hear a short presentation about three charities, vote, and then write their check for $ 100 directly to the winning charity. If you are a member and have not yet made a donation, please do so by presenting a check to Marie Wilber at Nichols Accounting in Coldwater.

Other community organizations the group has contributed to include the Bridges out of Poverty program, Backpack Buddy program, Girlz Club, Family Promise, Branch Area Rescue Coalition, Girls on the Run, Altrusa Happy Feet program, Coach Eby Youth and Family Center, Teen Share, Tommy’s House, Coldwater High School Interact Club, Foster Child Enrichment Fund, BCCADV Fence Fund, Coldwater Band Boosters, Branch County School Telemedicine Program, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, Bronson Girls Softball Complex, Branch County Sheriff‘s Reserve, Branch Area Pantry, Hidden Ponds Horse Rescue, Coach Eby Youth and Family Center and many more in the form of mini-grants. Appetizers for meetings were generously donated by the Branch County Community Foundation.

For more information, visit the Women Who Care website at or on the Facebook page at

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