By Whitney Vickers
FAIRBORN — One Hundred Women Making a Difference in Greene County made its second donation of the year to Operation Fairborn Cares.
“It means everything,” said Operation Fairborn Cares Founder and Chair Marilyn McCauley. “It means we can do more for more people.”
Operation Fairborn Cares is a grassroots nonprofit 501C3 organization that serves Greene County veterans with day to day needs, such as car repairs, rent, food, motel rentals, phone or utility bills and furniture storage. McCauley said Operation Fairborn Cares works closely with the Greene County Veterans Services, the Dayton VA, churches and other groups, which helps by word-of-mouth to spread the organization’s message.
In order to receive help from Operation Fairborn Cares, a veteran would call or visit Abiding Light Lutheran Church in Fairborn, which is where the organization’s office is located, and fill out an application. The veteran in need would then fill out a form and McCauley would send an email to the Operation Fairborn Cares advisory committee for approval or denial. It formerly only served veterans who had experienced deployment, but organization officials recently decided that it would assist any veteran who has served since 9/11. Since its beginnings in 2012, it has served 25 veterans in need.
“It was formed to help the soldiers as they come back when they get into crisis mode and need help quickly,” McCauley said. “We serve all of Greene County, filling day-to-day needs … You never know what their needs are, and it’s usually everything.”
One Hundred Women Making a Difference in Greene County hosts four meetings per year, during which three members are randomly selected to present a charity operating within Greene County they feel is deserving of funds. Meeting attendees would then vote for which organization they feel is most worthy of receiving the donations. Then club members would write out checks; the standard amount is $100, which goes directly to the voted organization. It donates four times per year to four Greene County organizations.
Since 100-Women Making a Difference in Greene County started in 2010, it has donated $230,000 to Greene County charities. To join the group, contact co-founders Rebecca Morgann or Sandy McHugh at [email protected] or [email protected].
To contact Operation Fairborn Cares, email [email protected] or call McCauley at 937-305-7540 or Organization Treasurer Paul Keller at 937-671-5758.