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The four areas of focus for the 2016-17 Grant Season
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Founder's Corner

Pat Wynne and Cathy Murphy
We just spent two days in the company of accomplished, focused, interesting women - about 120 from all over the country and Australia. Thirty-nine chapters gathered in DelRay Beach, FL for the first Impact 100 Global Conference. The largest chapter, Pensacola, has 1,000+ members and just awarded over $1,000,000 in one day!  

The agenda covered all subject areas from Membership to Grants to Leadership Development to Data Base Management. Wendy Steele, our founder of Impact 100, was very involved and continues to focus on Impact 100's expansion and organizational development.

It was wonderful to meet members from fellow chapters and collect great ideas and tools for our chapter to use. We were heartened  to learn that we have done a lot "right" in our first year and no surprise that we can make some "course corrections" this coming year.

Last, but not least, this experience acutely reminded us that the growth of our membership expands the support we can provide to our community.  Please help us to keep growing!

All Member Meeting
to Select Our Four Areas
of Focus for 2016-17 Grant Season

October 5, 2016, Mi Casa Resource Center
On the evening of October 5, approximately fifty of our members gathered for a pot luck dinner and the task of selecting our Four Areas of Focus for the 2016-17 Grant.  Mi Casa Resource Center comfortably accommodated our group.  Ample space and round tables were conducive for both eating and good conversations.

After time for socializing and dinner, members moved on to the business of the meeting.  We were fortunate, again this year, to have the expert assistance of  Keeley Stokes and Rebecca Kahn, professional, expert facilitators.  Keeley and Rebecca developed the agenda and schedule to guide us through the next steps which began with members at each table sharing their favorite areas of focus.  

Table captains took notes and submitted them to Keeley and Rebecca.  While members took a break to eat dessert and review the available committee sign-up opportunities, Keeley and Rebecca consolidated the input and created voting sheets representing ten areas identified by members.  

Members spent the next 15-20 minutes reviewing the options and each member voted with 1 vote for their favorite focus area and two half votes for their next two preferences.  Our facilitators collected and tallied the votes. In very short order they announced the results.

The four chosen areas of focus for 2016-2017 are:
1.    Mental Health
2.    Prisoner Reintegration
3.    Early Childhood
4.    Training and Education 


Subtopics for several of these focus areas will merit additional focus, eg Training and Education identified Women and Girls, Disabled and Youth at Risk.

 

The four chosen areas of focus for 2016-2017 are:
1.    Mental Health
2.    Prisoner Reintegration
3.    Early Childhood
4.    Training and Education 


Subtopics for several of these focus areas will merit additional focus, eg Training and Education identified Women and Girls, Disabled and Youth at Risk.

 
As usual, the wisdom of the group prevailed and many lingered after the announcement to share their enthusiasm and curiosity about these four areas.

Committees: Three of our committees need additional help!
If you have an interest in getting more involved with Impact100, please email:
Give Annie, Megan or Joan an idea of the time and resources you can comfortably offer. 
Thank you!


Impact Insights
From the Education Committee

 
The following links will begin to tell the story of the issues and challenges that exist in our chosen domains this year.  We will continue to update you with pertinent information as we investigate and analyze the issues within the context of our local environment.  This February, we will hold an all member meeting to provide additional inforomation on each topic.

PRISON REINTEGRATION
Just how extensive are the problems of incarceration and what are the variables affecting societal re-entry? http://www.ccjrc.org/did-you-know/

MENTAL HEALTH (including the homeless, seniors, and at-risk youth)
This group partners with several other organizations to offer extensive online and office resources. http://coloradocrisisservices.org/

TRAINING/EDUCATION (including women, disabled adults, and girls)
With an emphasis on the special needs community, this group deals with legal issues and overcoming obstacles in order to access training opportunities.
https://disabilitylawco.org/services/training-and-education

EARLY CHILDHOOD (access and equity)
This study shows the inequities that exist in lower income areas because of a discrepency in vocabulary development in infants and toddlers.  The result causes irreparable damage in future schooling efforts. http://www.naeyc.org/tyc/article/the-word-gap




Fresh Food Connect Update
www.freshfoodconnect.org
Fresh Food Connect, our inaugural grantee, which is a collaborative between Denver Urban Gardens, Denver Food Rescue and Groundwork Denver, is on track.  The launch of FFC's  interactive web-based home grown produce collection and distribution to Denver food deserts has been a success!

Just four months into our 18 month grant, this year's growing season pilot program in zip code 80205 began in July with weekly collection from 39 gardeners who signed on to donate produce.  A group of Impact100 members recently shadowed the pick-up and distribution to Swansea Elementary School and were impressed. 

We met the program's new coordinator who will be spending time after the grow season getting feedback and analyzing results as the prelude to this winter's work of creating a marketing plan to expand services. They will also make any needed web site modifications.  This will be paid for out the first $50,000 of our grant. When the marketing plan is complete, we will meet with the collaborative to review and approve any budget adjustments for the second half of our funding.  We have made this project a reality and it is exciting to see it emerge.





Upcoming Events
New Member Recruitment Gatherings
Please join us for these upcoming new and prospective member gatherings. Bring a friend, meet new friends and likely see some familiar faces in the crowd! Learn more about what this organization of amazing women is doing -- and what they accomplished in their first year! Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to the contacts listed below:

Oct 28, 10-11:30 a.m. - Coffee in Washington Park area
Contact: Pat Wynne, 720-941-0901 or patwynne1@gmail.com

Nov 2, 5:30-7:00 p.m. - House Party in Stapleton
Info & RSVP: Deb Self, deb7806@aol.com

Nov 3, 5:00-6:30 p.m. - House Party in Cherry Creek
Info & RSVP: Joan Brennan, joan.brennan398@gmail.com

All Member Meeting & Year End Report
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 5:15 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sie Film Center, 2510 East Colfax Denver, CO 80206
Get to know your fellow Impact100 members over a glass of wine and appetizers at our annual meeting.  Highlights from 2016 will be reported as well as news on what to expect in 2017.
Info: Pat Andreatta, pandreatta@comcast.net, 303-902-0043

Community Experts Panel
March or April, 2017 (exact date & location TBD)
Join us for a special evening dedicated to educating the Impact membership and prospective members on the key challenges related to the four issue areas selected for consideration during the 2017 grant process.  As the event gets closer we will provide additional details on the panelists, location and exact date.  Stay tuned!

Annual All Member Luncheon & Grantee Selection
June 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wellshire Event Center 3333 S. Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80222
Our premier members-only event to vote and determine the recipient of our second $100,000 grant award.  Save the date now for an exciting event you won't want to miss!
Volunteer Event
Metro Caring  Volunteer Event for Impact100 Members and Family Members
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Metro Caring,1100 E 18th Ave, Denver 80203

RSVP  by  November 30, 2016: Pat Andreatta pandreatta@comcast.net

Metro Caring is inviting us, again this year, to participate as a group for their holiday event. As we did last year, we will prepare a holiday kit (to be determined, but would likely be similar to last year in which you all put together cobbler kits). We would then make these items available in our market during the holiday season for hungry families in our community to take home and enjoy with their families.  98% of participants say that as a result of coming to Metro Caring, they are less stressed, so this is a great way to ease some holiday stress while providing holiday cheer.

As many of you may remember this was a fun event for not only the
members but many teenage family members as well.  What great fun
to make a cobbler box for the families to enjoy at the holiday time.
All supplies are provided!   Come and enjoy the joy of helping others!!!



Looking for 3-4
Impact100 Metro Denver
Event Photographers!
If you are planning to attend our upcoming events and are interested in photographing one or more of them, please contact Pat Andreatta at pandreatta@comcast.net or 303-902-0043. It's vital to our organization that events get captured and we appreciate your help in doing so.
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