Tech investment: 100 Women fundraiser chooses library computer project

By: 
Elizabeth Dunham, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – The Kalkaska County Library will be ordering new computers soon, thanks to thousands of dollars raised in a single night by the Kalkaska Chapter 100+ Women Who Care.

The group met on Thursday, June 28 at the Kalkaska United Methodist Church to hear proposals from the Kalkaska Friends of the Library, the NorthWoods Animal Coalition, and KAIR (Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources).

The Kalkaska Chapter 100+ Women Who Care raises funds with a very simple model. Twice a year, the members meet to hear the proposals by three local organizations or projects. Each member, or team of members, pledges $100 in exchange for a vote. The proposal with the most votes receives the funds.

In 2017, the chapter raised a total $16,015 with matching funds contributions. The money went to support the elementary music program of songwriter Dan Hall and the Kalkaska Baby Pantry.

The Kalkaska Friends of the Library will receive at least $6,500 for new computers.

“We are very grateful that they chose us,” said Kalkaska Friends of the Library President Marilyn Coville. “We saw there was a need; our computers were getting old and broken down. We thought it was a good project because everybody uses them – young and old,” she added.

According to the presentation, the current computers are used frequently by the community.

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