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FEATURE: Compassion in Action

100 Good Women Spreads Kindness Across the Lawrence Community
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Digital Illustration by Kinsey Lake.

For over 25 years, 100 Good Women has been supporting and building a strong community in Lawrence. Through the collective effort of its members, the non-profit has met the gap that other social services have not been able to.

100 Good Women answers approximately 30 requests a month from different agencies who don’t have the means to help their clients.  Some of these requests include providing groceries, clothing, gas and household necessities for people in need.

“We’re so important because we are able to help those people that slipped through the cracks,” 100 Good Women board member Jennie Washburn said.

Washburn said that over the years she has noticed a change in the types of assistance 100 Good Women has provided for the community. In previous years the organization did not focus on basic necessities, but instead on items that are considered more discretionary such as instruments and sports equipment. 

“The needs have increased incredibly over the last 15 years,” Washburn said. “I’ve seen over the years that our basic needs are more important and more requested than they ever have been,” Washburn said.

On April 27, 100 Good Women is holding their annual clothing exchange at the 4H Douglas County Fairgrounds from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. People are welcome to drop off their clothes from 11:00 a.m. to  1:30 p.m. for people to purchase for $1 a piece. These exchanges are a major source of funding as 100 Good Women operates solely on fundraisers and donations.

“We have the most amazing group of women on this board that I’ve ever known. They’re all very dedicated,” Washburn said. “We’re all very proud of what we do and we invite everybody to become a member and help support us and the community.”

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Meredith Shryock
Meredith Shryock, Reporter
Meredith Shryock is a sophomore at Free State and a reporter for Free State Journalism. She's involved with cross country and track and field. Outside of school, Meredith enjoys reading, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends.
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