Mahoning Valley

Our Work

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 hosted our first Women’s Wednesday in July.


We are excited to bring back this event again this year. Keep an eye out for our 2022 Women’s Wednesday dates.

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.


Women United supported 950 children and families in need in 2021. We provided over $11,500 of funding to purchase:

Shoes, clothing, coats, hats and gloves, hygiene kits, books, school supplies, backpacks, Wifi hotspots, grocery store gift cards, school headphones, holiday gifts, and much more!


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