Women UNITED

We're celebrating our 10th Anniversary and first $1 million raised! 

Check out our 10 Year Report here.

Women UNITED make change happen with their voices, time, and investments.

Founded by a group of five women leaders and United Way volunteers (Karen Heinle, the late Joan Henderson, Carol Hess, Joanne Judge, and Joan Paxton), Women UNITED provides a forum for members to contribute $1,000 or more annually and make investments that address issues for women and children. Since its formation, the Women UNITED has provided funding for:

  • A nurse/family partnership which matches nurses with low-income, first-time mothers to provide support from pregnancy through the child’s second birthday

  • Development and distribution of marketing materials for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which provides free tax preparation service for low-income families; in the 2013 tax year, 3,701 households were served by 196 volunteers, making a financial impact of over $5 million to the local economy in refunds received and tax preparation fees saved

  • The MS (Matched Savings) Independence Program which provides a 3-for-1 match for women saving to purchase a home, continue their education, or start a small business; since the program’s inception, 19 women have purchased a home, 9 women have continued their education, and 2 women have started a small business

Through networking events and volunteer opportunities, members of Women UNITED have the opportunity to learn more about our community and the impact their investments make on others.