100+ Women Who Care supports Community Gardens

March 25, 2017 GMT

The DeKalb/Sycamore chapter of 100+ Women Who Care recently voted to support the work of DeKalb County Community Gardens.

The 100+ Women Who Care organization started with a simple fundraising concept: Each member commits to writing a check for $100 to one of three charities that is presented at a meeting. Everyone votes on the three presentations and the winning charity is announced after the votes are counted. The winning charity receives the Greatest Impact Award.

“We are delighted that the DeKalb County Community Gardens was the winning charity at our February meeting,” member Mary Beth Van Buer said in a news release.

The DeKalb/Sycamore chapter of 100+ Women Who Care hosted its first meeting in 2014 with 47 women in attendance. Since that first meeting the group has raised $103,100.

DeKalb County Community Gardens will use the money for its Walnut Grove Vocational Farm program, according to the release. The funds will be used in part to purchase adaptive tools, strawberry plants, seeds and plant material for participants to plant, and Boxes of Hope for 20 weeks for five families in need.


The Walnut Grove Vocational Farm program provides horticulture and agriculture experiences and training for individuals with special needs. The program serves all of the transition programs of DeKalb County high schools, as well as customized individualized training programs for young adults with special needs throughout the county.

To learn about DCCG, or the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm, call Dan Kenney at 815-793-0950 or visit