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