MENDOCINO Co., 9/15/19 — The recently formed community organization, called 100 Women Strong, held its September event in Willits last week, and after pitching in $100 each and listening to three different non-profits, the local women in attendance selected the Ukiah Valley Trail Group (UVTG) to receive the night’s collection.
The UVTG was one of three non-profits that pitched their organization at the Willits Center for the Arts to the group of local woman that compose 100 Women Strong, although at this event the number was closer to 150. The other non-profits participating were Nuestra Alizana de Willits, which provides support and resources to Latino families in the Willits area, and “Raise and Shine Mendocino,” which supports the Imagination Library program, which supports early learning. 100 Women Strong has previously selected the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County and the National Alliance for Mental Illness to receive funds at their first two events.
The UVTG is a volunteer groups that works to restore and improve trail access around the Ukiah Valley, including volunteer work parties, using grants to develop additional trail and hiking opportunities, developing crowd-sourced trail maps, and restoring native grasses to the area. You can learn more about them at their website, or by checking out upcoming events. You can get involved with 100 Women Strong at this link, and their next event will take place in November.
Here’s the announcement from the UVTG:
Do you know about 100+Women Strong of Inland Mendocino? This great group is a “giving circle.” Members commit to giving $100 per quarter to one selected non-profit. They ask three non-profits per quarter to present their case for funding, then vote. This quarter we were asked to present and were selected! It looks like we’ll be receiving about $15K. As always we’ll use the money to fix our trails that need it, while looking for opportunities to build new trail where we can. Our vision is for everyone in the Inland of Mendocino County to live within biking distance of a great trail and 100+ Women Strong are helping us make it happen! Check out their site and consider joining them.