Local Women award grant to KAIR

Lauren Clark, Contributing Writer

Photo by Lauren Clark

KAIR Executive Director Cathy Somes offers her presentation at the fifth meeting of 100+ Women Who Care Thursday, May 9 held at Kalkaska United Methodist Church. KAIR earned the most votes from the assembled group and received funds to purchase equipment for its food pantry.


KALKASKA – Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR) won support for its mission to alleviate hunger in the Kalkaska region. KAIR received the top number of votes at the 5th gathering of 100+ Women Who Care (100WWC) held last Thursday at the Kalkaska United Methodist Church.

KAIR Executive Director Cathy Somes successfully requested funding to purchase a three-door commercial cooler for the KAIR food pantry. Through generous donations, grants and food rescue programs, KAIR is able to serve more than 1,000 people per month at its food pantry in downtown Kalkaska.

Somes’ presentation requested the 100WWC donation to expand the number of pantry visits available to all families in the Kalkaska area to four times per month. At this time, only senior households are permitted to make four monthly visits; all others are limited to twice per month due to limited cold storage options at KAIR.

Currently, the amount collected for KAIR through the May 100WWC event exceeds $6,000 with more expected in the next week. Organizers are hopeful that the amount will be enough to assist with ending food insecurity in the greater Kalkaska region.

Biannually the Kalkaska chapter of 100+ Women has given thousands of dollars to local organizations and projects by pooling member contributions. Members gather and hear proposals from up to three organizations and are given one individual or group vote in exchange for their $100 minimum donation. Votes are tallied and the entire pool of donations is awarded to the highest vote recipient.

"Our third year of giving continues, due to the generosity of the members and their commitment to our community,” stated founding member Pat Sohn while thanking all of the contributors.

“There is strength in numbers and 100WWC is making a difference, making an impact."

The organization has now given away more than $35,000 since its inception. Past recipients have included: the Au Sable Institute, Kalkaska County Library, Kalkaska Baby Pantry and singer/songwriter Dan Hall of Story Song Creation.

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