Where there is a need, women lead…
That is the credo of Women United! a group comprised of 200 Valley Women from all walks of life. United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s Women United! was established in May of 2014. The grassroots group is entering its sixth year with its passionate and caring women dedicated to making a tangible impact on the lives of our Valley’s children through volunteering in early Education. Its members are integral in several United Way programs – giving their time to mentor middle school-aged girls in the Young Women’s Mentorship Program, tutoring elementary school children in Project More, volunteering as a Report Card Mentor, or helping out at the various Women United! events.
This year as we enter our Recovery from the pandemic and all its effects, our Women United! group is going to play a significant role in helping our students and families as they get back to the classrooms this fall. We will host our first Women’s Wednesday on July 28 – more info to come – in which we will offer an amazing networking opportunity but also a chance to fundraise for essential items needed by our students.
We are also in the midst of our Women United! Annual Appeal. All the money raised will go to our newly formed Emergency Relief Fund for our Success After 6 initiative. These funds will be used for students and families who need extra assistance outside of the classroom. In the past, Women United! has stepped up to provide food, clothing, furniture to families who experienced various kinds of tragedies in their lives – from fires to crimes against their loved ones. We made sure the children got all they needed.
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Our Women United! Steering committee promises to continue the work we started in 2020. Women United! stepped up to help the children in our Success After 6 initiative. They held a book drive this summer to get books into the hands of the children in Youngstown. Women United joined our Success After 6 staff as well as Youngstown City School Staff to help pass out these Jump into Reading Kits during the weekly food distribution. The children not only received books but also toys to keep them active during the summer months.
Then this fall, Women United provided school supplies to students in need. They also collected hats and gloves that were distributed to Youngstown children and children living at the Rescue Mission.