PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fifty dollars by itself doesn't make too big of an impact, but multiply that by almost 200 and you have a different story.
100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine was started two years ago by Deb Bergeron to raise money for local charities. Around 200 members meet four times a year at the Woodfords Club in Portland. During those meetings the women vote on a local charity that they each write a $50 check to at the end of the night.
"You might write a check for $50 and not really know where it goes," said Bergeron. "The collective philanthropy is wonderful."
Around $7,000 is raised for each charity picked and that number keeps growing. The Cromwell Center was chosen as one of their beneficiaries last year. They use their money to teach students in some Maine schools what it means to live with a disability.
"Funding from something like this organization is huge for us because that means we get into that many more classrooms and we reach out to that many more kids through out the school year," said instructor for the Cromwell Center Renee St. Laurent.
100+ Women who care Southern Maine's next meeting is scheduled for February 7 at the Woodfords Club in Portland. For more information, visit their website.