“I figured if I could get 100 women in a support group, I would be able to come up with five volunteers for anything,” Reynolds said.
The group hit its target of 100 members in May, which was celebrated at the Sept. 24 event. But membership is still open. Stephany Skenderian joined that night.
Since 2007, the group has arranged for homework packets to be delivered to the TLC annex of the Boys & Girls Club in Bluebird Park and to the Main Branch on Laguna Canyon Road. School Supt. Bob Fraise put 100 Women in his Spotlight for Excellence for the project, which gives children at the club the opportunity to complete their homework and relieve stress on their families, often working parents. 100 Women volunteers assist the students in the club’s homework room.
One member adopted two families for the holidays in 2007 and all 25 children in the club’s pre-school received gifts. Another member’s 10-year-old daughter collected more than 135 teddy bears she and her friends refurbished and delivered to local children for Christmas. Dance is taught at TLC by a member’s daughter.
“It takes just one act of kindness, one small donation to make a difference to the children we serve,” Reynolds said.
Members receive small requests whenever a need arises.
“If you can help, say yes, if you can’t — just wait for the next opportunity,” Reynolds said.
Help may be just phone call away. If the need arises for a ping pong table, members may know of a friend eager to part with a ping pong table her family has outgrown. One of the 100 Women donated money for a green house for the club to start an organic garden. Materials for the garden are supplied by a foundation linked to a member.