For some families, one unexpected medical bill or emergency car repair is a big setback. Even back-to-school shopping can hurt those already close to poverty. For these families, sometimes a few hundred dollars is enough to avert a financial crisis, which is where Womenade of Concord helps.
Founded in March 2010 by two friends who wanted to give back to their community, Womenade of Concord raises money for immediate, short-term financial assistance — up to $500 — for families in need in the greater Concord area (including Bow, Boscawen, Canterbury, Chichester, Contoocook, Hopkinton, Loudon, Pembroke and Penacook).
Requests for funds go through a validator, such as a family physician, social worker, school nurse or teacher. Board members discuss and approve each request, and the money is given to the collecting agent within a few days. The money is used for (but not limited to) basic needs such as housing, utilities, medical services or food.
The Womenade concept was created in 2001 in Washington D.C. when six female friends met for supper in an area restaurant. One of the women, Dr. Amy Kossoff, talked about how she wrote checks from her personal account to help her low-income patients with small bills for prescriptions, co-pays, and field trips. Kossoff estimated that she had given away nearly $10,000 in one year. One of her friends suggested that they all help pay these costs. Instead of going out to eat, they decided to have several pot-luck dinners and ask guests to contribute $35, about the cost of a restaurant meal. Dr. Kossoff was able to continue with her generous work, but with the support of friends, family and neighbors.
Every dollar raised by Womenade goes directly to those in need. It’s a simple idea, but the impact is immeasurable. Womenade of Concord hopes that you will join us in celebrating the company of friends and neighbors as we strive to support our community when they need us.