Lloydminster has a new charitable organization and they’re looking for members.
Started about a month ago, 100 Men Lloydminster is only a quarter of the way to their targeted membership and is encouraging locals to sign up. Once they get a decent amount of people on board, the goal is to meet quarterly, with each member donating $100 each time. They then vote for a community charity or non-profit to be the recipient of the combined funds.
“It’s an hour and 100 bucks four times a year. For people nowadays, time is money or money is time, depending how you want to look at it,” said co-founder Rob Anderson.
“A lot of people are afraid or are reluctant to commit to groups because of the time commitment. The benefit of this idea, I think, is you don’t have to have a lot of time to give.”
Anderson said another one of the benefits is the fact that you don’t need “deep pockets” to make a difference. Because of the relatively low cost regarding the donations, anyone with $100 can help out.
“To me, there’s huge potential for something like this, huge potential for making good happen,” Anderson said.
For charities and non-profit organizations interested in working with 100 Men Lloydminster, the criteria is fairly simple. They have to be able to issue a tax receipt, meaning they have to be a registered charity, and they have to agree not to share the donor list with anyone outside of Revenue Canada.
Other than that, the funds have to be “ear marked” for programs or events happening in the community.
“We certainly want to get the word out to any charitable or non-profit groups in and around the city of Lloydminster that if they’re interested in the program or learning more about it to contact us,” said Anderson.
“In addition, we’re also going to be contacting potential sponsors. One thing we’re going to need is a place that can host roughly 100 people, so we can have our meeting and get the ball rolling.”
Anyone who’s interested in joining can check out their website www.100menlloyd.com. Once they are signed up they will be added to their database and will receive emails when the time draws near for the group’s first meeting.