Over 100 women donate $26,000 to Capital Youth Services

Capital Youth Services (CCYS), a non-profit organization that helps homeless, runaway and at-risk youth build families, recently received more than $26,000 from the Tallahassee Chapter of the 100+ Women Who Care Alliance.

Funding from 100+Women will support CCYS programs.

“Our programs help youth and families in times of crisis and beyond,” said Gwynn Cochran Virostek, President and CEO of CCYS. “All our services are free for young people and families. This investment in our mission will help ensure that young people can continue to receive life-changing services regardless of cost.

The 100+ Women Who Care Alliance named CCYS as the quarterly funding recipient. Since its founding in November 2020, the alliance has donated over $165,000 to nonprofits in the Tallahassee area and has over 200 members.

“Our goal is to give organizations like CCYS immediate financial support so they can continue to do important work in our community,” said Virginia Glass, a longtime real estate agent, philanthropist and community volunteer who has founded the alliance. “As women, we meet once a quarter, and it’s been a wonderful experience as we pass on this support to so many deserving nonprofits in our community.”

The idea behind the alliance is that when women pool their resources, they can have a powerful impact. Each member of the alliance agrees to donate $100 at each quarterly meeting. Members nominate nonprofit organizations to attend and pitch their programs for funding.

Three nonprofit organizations are chosen by lottery from the nominations. Members then vote to choose an organization to fund. Some members give more than the required donation of $100, and others seek matching funds for the recipient.

“We always welcome new members who want to join us,” Glass said. Anyone interested in joining can contact Glass at [email protected]

For more information about CCYS, visit CCYS.org.

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