100Marin, new charity group, donates $60K in less than a year

August 01, 2015 5:55 AM | Shelbi Hoffman (Administrator)

By Janis Mara, Marin Independent Journal

Clad in a blue and white smock, Stefanie Donellan expertly lifted Sunshine the rescue dog into the bathtub at Jessica’s Haven and Rescue, a San Rafael shelter staffed in part by disabled youth.

Donellan, 24, who is on the autism spectrum, kept the Chihuahua calm as she soaped her up, then gently rinsed her off with a hose.

It’s likely Donellan will soon have more coworkers at the shelter, thanks to an infusion of funds from a new giving circle called 100+ People Who Care: Marin County.

Formed in late 2014, the giving circle has already raised more than $60,000. Jessica’s Haven and Rescue was awarded about $25,000, “and that will buy a lot of dog biscuits,” said Krystalynn Schlegel, a donor and founding member, as she cradled Hennessey, another rescue dog, at the shelter.

The giving circle, which is also known as 100Marin, has about 275 givers and is accepting new members.  view entire article

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