Mahoning Valley

Our Work

Where there is a need, women lead…

That is the credo of Women United! a group 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.

In 2021, Women United Raised $14,300 for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. We were able to significantly impact the students and families of our Success By 6 and Success After 6 initiatives.

Since the pandemic, led by United Way Director of Donor Relations Tina Chance, Women United refocused its mission. Our Women Wednesday events now have a new purpose. We helped with our first hands-on volunteer opportunity in May at our renovated office. More than 40 women put together summer learning kits, all while enjoying time to network and some wine.

Through your generosity, we were able to make a true difference in the lives of the students and families we serve.

Women United’s Impact:

  • Provided 250 hygiene kits to 250 incoming YCSD elementary students during the 21/22 school year. *Funded by Women’s Wednesday event
  • Provided 500 hats and gloves to YCSD elementary and middle school students during the winter *Funded by Women’s Wednesday event
  • Funded 24 Women United Emergency Funding requests during the first half of the 21/22 school year totaling $8,600 These requests served a total of 246 students and families.

Women United Provided:

  • Clothing (shoes, shirts, pants, undergarments) * most requested items
  • Hotspots
  • Classroom headphones
  • Books & Bookshelf for SA6 students at YCS
  • Classroom stem kits
  • Christmas gifts

Requests were received from YCSD, Sebring, Struthers, Valley Christian, YCS, Beatitude House

Women United impacted almost 1,000 students and families during the 2021/2022 school year.


Thank you to 898 Marketing, our 2022 “Where There is Need” sponsor, we will be able to answer the call to fulfill Emergency needs for the 2022-2023 school year.

Women Wednesday is back!

The next one will be held on July 27th – Sponsored by: Handel’s Ice Cream. Register by clicking here!


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.


We are making a difference!  But we still need your help.

Please click here to DONATE– make sure to choose Women United! tab on the drop-down menu.

Women United Steering Committee

Stacy Howlett – President

Sue Filipovich – Past President



  • "In the last couple of years, we have seen an increased need in our investment in the children & families of our amazing community. Being able to support these needs through the United Way & Women United, influence others to get involved to help support our community, and then be able to see the impacts of the work is why I am so passionate about this organization," Stacy Howlett, owner of Howlett Logistics and Coaches Burger Bar and Women United President. "I am excited about the work our Women United team will do this year and our focused approach on investing in children, giving them a sense of hope, and driving positive change to their lives."

    Stacy Howlett, Women United President