100 Women Who Care donates to equine therapy group

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Members of 100 Women Who Care Clark County presented $4,200 to Healing Opportunities Foundation, on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at their first meeting of 2023, held at Salud! Wine Bar, Camas. Board president Dr. Kelsey Herman accepted the funds on behalf of the organization which is the nonprofit arm of Healing Steps Equine Centered Therapy.

The local giving circle selected the Healing Opportunities Foundation to receive their donations at the fourth meeting of 2022, held Nov. 16, 2022, at Salud! in Camas.

Dorothy Shanahan, a member of the 100 Women Who Care Clark County group, nominated the Healing Steps organization. Other members nominated Fosterful and Girls on the Run as possible recipients of the group’s charitable donation.

Herman explained that Healing Steps is an occupational therapy practice that integrates horses into treatment for many different medical diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, brain injuries, stroke and multiple sclerosis. The treatment strategies use the movement of the horse, or other related equine activities to help improve challenges such as balance, executive functioning, and sensory processing.

The donated funds will be used to enhance their new barn with upgrades, including an accessible bathroom.

Founded in 2018, 100 Women Who Care Clark County is a giving circle that meets quarterly and has donated close to $100,000 to local nonprofits since its inception. Members who attend are eligible to nominate local nonprofits to be considered for the quarterly donation. Members commit to a $100 donation to the charity voted upon by the members at each meeting.

The group will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. May 10, at Salud! Wine Bar, located at 224 N.E. Third Ave., in downtown Camas. There is an optional social hour before the meeting, beginning at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend these meetings, especially those looking to connect with other philanthropic women in our community.

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