United Way Women in Action provides members with the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, philanthropic and fun organization of women leaders that care about our community.
Women in Action members come together to create a better place for local women who are facing various hardships in their life. They increase the self-sufficiency of women to improve their lives, the lives of their family and the community as a whole.
As a member, you participate at a level that works for you. You can attend events, volunteer for projects, join a committee or simply make a financial contribution to support projects. When you make a gift of $250 or more to United Way, you can choose to become a member of Women in Action.
Women in Action activities and funding focus on removing the barriers that keep low income women from becoming financially stable. The Leadership Council accepts requests for funding from local non-profit programs and distributes grants quarterly.
Their signature projects are:
Rebecca’s Closet. Counselors, case workers, teachers and other providers working with low income families can access gently used infant and children’s clothing and equipment for their clients.
Christmas for Mommies. Staff at HeadStart and Project Step Up can nominate women who are making positive progress toward their goals to better the lives of their families. Members prepare gift baskets and provide a holiday meal for the nominees and their families in early December.
Project Step Up. Women in Action provides incentives for families enrolled in the program who meet their goals of savings, paying off debt and improving their financial stability. Members also provide meals, fellowship and child care for families attending budgeting and financial literacy classes through their Sisterhood Suppers.
Members have the opportunity to build relationships and friendships with other community minded women at Lunch n’ Learn and Evening Out events held throughout the year.
Women in Action’s signature fundraiser is Power of the Purse, held the first Monday evening in May. This event has everything women love – purses, scarves, massage gift certificates, wine, chocolate… the list goes on and on. The evening includes a silent auction, raffles and the highlight of the evening – a live auction featuring the “Kings of Pursonality.”
In 2018, this event raised more than $25,000 to support programs in our community that help women achieve self-sufficiency.