Southwest Middlesex

Upcoming Schedule:

Start times: 9 am

Location: Embassy Restaurant,  Glencoe  ON

August 16, 2016

November 15, 2016

Our goals:

Support local charities and good works through personal donations.

Help our neighbours.

Learn about our local communities and our local needs.

Lower the barriers to giving.

Promote the good works of our local organizations.

Spread good will by writing cheques instead of baking and fund raising.

Demonstrate philanthropy and generosity to the next generation.


Our values:

Spend less – give more.

Quiet strategic philanthropy.


Greatest impact locally.


Contact people:

Sue MacFadden 519-282-3029

Mary Simpson or 519-318-1074

Carla Downs  (519) 871-7629


Facebook page:


This project is for you if…

  • you are committed to helping others in our community but are stretched for time;
  • you want to be part of a powerful group of local women making an immediate, direct and positive effect on the lives of our neighbours;
  • you want 100% of your donations to go directly to local charity;
  • you want to learn more about the many worthy community service programs and organizations serving our area


History of Charitable Support:

Glencoe Agricultural Society, May 17, 2016

St. Vincent de Paul, Glencoe, Ontario November 17, 2015


Southwest Minor Hockey  $1500 (Previously Glencoe Minor Hockey Association)

August 19, 2014

Two Local Families in Need  $3200 February 18 and May 20, 2014.

Ekfrid Community Centre dishwasher November 18, 2014

St. Vincent de Paul, Glencoe, Ontario  $1900 November 26, 2013 

Books for our local public school libraries:  Ekcoe, Mosa Central, and St Charles  

September 10, 2013

Glencoe Interministerial Benevolent Fund April 9, 2013 $1700             

Pastors bring forward cases of need and the Interministerial Committee votes on need and then pay bills directly.  $1971 donated by Women Who Care helped several families:

  • Purchased an air conditioner for a family who were suffering heat in the upper floor
  • Paid insurance for someone trying to restart a business  after a bout of sickness
  • Paid some bills for a single mom who had fallen behind
  • Reactivated water for a family who had their water cut off
  • Paid a hydro bill for a couple accumulating costs during a series of cancer treatments.

Beattie Haven  Jan 15, 2013  

$1300.  Beattie Haven, our local community-based home for our elders used our donation to complete the renovation of their community room.   This improvement makes Beattie Haven a destination for local groups wanting to meet in the Wardsville area. 

How We Give:

  • Each member commits to donating $100.00 per meeting, four times a year. Meetings are diligently conducted in one hour or less.
  • Any member who is up to date on donations may nominate a charity and the name of the charity will be put in a basket.  Three charities will be randomly selected from the basket and the members who nominated the selected organizations/charities will make a five-minute presentation about the organization to the group with a short Q&A to follow.  
  • Required information for a nomination is name of the organization and accurate details about organization’s status and mission.  If information is lacking, the nomination should be delayed until the next meeting when detailed information can be brought forward.
  • Each member who is current with her donations may vote (by ballot) for one of the three organizations/charities.
  • Each member will write out a $100 cheque to the organization/charity with the most votes and these cheques will be given to the selected organization/charity.  No cash excepted.
  • Members who did not vote for the selected organization/charity agree to make out a cheque regardless.
  • Tax receipts will be provided by the selected organization if possible.
  • Members who are unable to attend a meeting are expected to give their cheques to another member to deliver on her behalf.
  • Organizations and charities under consideration must serve the SWM area and provide tax receipt where possible.
  • An organization/charity not selected at one meeting may be submitted again at a subsequent meeting.
  • A successful proposal may not be considered again for one year.
  • Ties will be decided by further votes. If a tie persists, the membership will vote either to (1) randomly select one of the tied proposals by a draw; or (2) divide the group donation equally between the two proposals.
  • The recipients must agree not to give out personal information to any third parties except for tax purposes.
  • Each meeting will open with a recap /update on how the funds donated from the previous meeting were used.  The presenter of that successful proposal will do this.
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