100+ Women Who Care: A Grantee Story

During the 2017 100+ Women Who Care event, those in attendance heard from Judi Doan with Community Mediation Services. Many of those in the room hadn’t heard of this organization before and were touched by Judi’s presentation. When the votes were tallied, this little-known non-profit received the $6,000 grant.

How has that grant impacted the organization and lives in Otsego County? Here is just some information on the impact that $6,000 had on ONE organization:

Community Mediation Services was able to participate in two “Train the Trainer” sessions to become a certified training center here in Gaylord. The initial goal was to have one training in May and offer update training, but now they will be able to train annually for years to come and offer all Michigan Supreme Court training for mediators and interested community members. Another great impact was during a May 2017 training where, after completing the “Train the Trainer” session, one of the participants worked after the training to become a Michigan Supreme Court Domestic Violence trainer for the Center. This was another unexpected achievement that will allow Community Mediation Services to provide an 8 hour approved Domestic Violence training annually for the community.

The project achieved a cost savings to the Center of an average of $7,500 to hire a trainer to come up north to train each time and utilize the approved curriculum. This impact will be significant over the next five years as a cost savings of $37,500. The impact of these funds was more than expected and ensures training will be in place for the next five years. In future years, there’s a solid foundation in place to ensure that volunteer mediators will be available to assist with any conflicts that arise in Otsego County. It is an amazing opportunity and will continue to give back for years to come in our community.

Because of the 100+ Women Who Care event, Community Mediation Services was able to become a Michigan Supreme Court Approved training center for mediators throughout the state. This opportunity provides the foundation for mediation training in northern Michigan for many years to come. Additionally, the support means that for the next five years, a mediation team of local trainers can train here in Otsego County, allowing more individuals to build their Conflict Management Tools. The training is designed to train volunteer mediators, but it’s so much more than that. Any individual working with others, adults or children, any professional, any parent, any teacher, any senior, community member, business owner, or student – everyone can benefit from better communication and listening skills, healthy conversations, empathy, tools for difficult conversations, how to communicate through impasse/or roadblocks, how to write legal and binding agreements, and how to create an environment for a healthy conversation…tools that help everyone. Now everyone in Otsego County will have access to the training, and maybe they, too, will become a mediator who helps in our community.


“As the director of Community Mediation Services, my smile and Judi Doan’s, case manager for CMS, in the picture above, sums up this Community Grant process and the amazing impact of 100+ Women Who Care. The opportunity to share our story, “the best kept secret”, and then to receive the support was incredibly moving and overwhelmingly surprising. This is our 25th anniversary and with your help, we shared our story with more people in Otsego County than we had ever reached before. Additionally, we were given the opportunity to build a training foundation that will give back for another 25 years! Thank you with a huge smile!!!!”
-Annette Wells.


Have you registered to attend this years 100+ Women Who Care event on May 15th at Otsego Club & Resort? Do you want to help make a HUGE impact in the community? To register please click here.