Within three months of organizing, Manning’s newest 501c3 (non-profit) has donated $1,900 to local projects. Chicks with Checks held its organizational meeting in December. Shelli Lorenzen, who spearheads the group, heard of the Chicks with Checks through Main Street Manning. The women organized for the sole purpose of giving to projects in Manning without fundraising.
“I loved the idea of the simplicity of the group – no bake sales, no working a booth, no selling – just pay your money and help decide where to spend that money. Simple,” said Lorenzen.
Members come to quarterly meetings with $100 in hand. They also bring suggestions as to where they might donate the funds. The group votes on the projects, and the money from the meeting is given to a community project.
Currently, 28 people have expressed interest in the group which allows people to share a membership if they can’t afford $100 a quarter. The next quarterly meeting is May 2 at 6:00 pm in the back room of BrickHaus Brews.
Funds from the March meeting will benefit two projects. Six Kindle Fire tablets with cases will be purchased with a $600 donation to the Manning Child Care Center. The Manning Rec Center was given $1300 for new starting blocks for the swim team.
“In Manning there are no bad projects, so we will always have some place to donate our money,” said Lorenzen.