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 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.

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

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.

Women United Steering Committee

Sue Filipovich – President

Stacy Howlett – Vice President

Tina Chance – Treasurer



  • "Being president of Women United is such an honor to be part of continuing to grow the reach of helping underprivileged children and families in our community. I've been able to see first hand how we can come together as a group of women, from all parts of our Valley, for one cause and make a difference in the lives of each of these kids," Sue Filipovich, co-owner of Burgan Real Estate and President of Women United. "I'm so impressed with the Success After 6 program, the United Way staff and their perseverance to support our efforts. However, the most impressive time for me is seeing the smiles on these kids when we volunteer and spend time encouraging them, helping them with schoolwork, or sponsoring events where they can just be kids."

    Sue Filipovich, Women United President

  • "Seeing first hand the impact the programs supported by the United Way Of Mahoning Valley and Women United has on the children and families of our community, it makes me proud to be involved with driving positive change in my home town," Stacy Howlett, owner of Howlett Logistics and Coaches Burger Bar and Women United Vice President. "Being a women in business, and getting to work with and support other women is both uplifting and motivating. As the current Vice President, it is my duty through influence and education, to help drive more involvement and gain additional support for this amazing organization."

    Stacy Howlett, Women United Vice President