Community Counts

Women United Membership Co-Chair, Kim Martin, was invited to sit down with Charlottesville Newsplex's Bo Sykes to discuss our February 24th "Why So Few: Closing the STEM Gender Gap" event.  CLICK HERE to watch Kim and Bo on the VNB Community Counts segment. 

The Missing Voice on Gender Equality:

Men Speak Up!

On February 20, 2014 Women United brought together an all-male panel of local business leaders to discuss their perspectives as men in a gender-unequal society and what they, as men, can do about it.

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Our 2013 Grant Semi-Finalists


On May 6, members of Women United gathered to hear from 5 non-profits hoping to receive one of our 2013 Human Service Grant Awards. This year, we are awarding two grants at $20,000 each. Our 2013 Grant Semi-Finalists include:

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank - The Food Bank has created a Family BackPack Program to alleviate child food insecurity at the household level. Children receiving free and reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program have an increased risk of hunger on weekends or over school holidays. This initiative aims to send a backpack full of healthy foods home with each eligible child every weekend and holiday. A $20,000 grant from Women United would fund the Family BackPack Program for 2 years at Yancey Elementary, where 61.9% of families live between 0-185% of the federal poverty level.

Children, Youth & Family Services - CYFS hopes to use a Women United grant to help fund their ParentingMobile, a fully-equipped mobile classroom bringing parenting education, support and early learning playgroups to low income neighborhoods in Charlottesville and Albemarle that are isolated by poverty, language and cultural barriers. The ParentingMobile is staffed by CYFS Parent Educators and community volunteers who bring structured weekly on-site playgroups with tailored curricula to support increased family participation and meet the unique needs of the children in each neighborhood it serves, including Parks Edge, Friendship Court, Blue Ridge Commons and Southwood.

Read more: Our 2013 Grant Semi-Finalists

Member Profile: Maia Bannan

MaiaFamilyWebIf you’ve attended any Women United events or socials, you’ve probably met Maia. She has been a vital part of our organization since 2008 when she moved back from Atlanta to her hometown of Charlottesville with her husband, Glenn, and their then 1 year old son, Casner.

“A dear friend shared with me the details of Women United. I joined and fell in love immediately... I think graduating from Sweet Briar College, an all women’s college, opened my eyes to women’s issues, which has naturally progressed to include children’s issues too.”

Maia initially served on Women United’s  Membership Committee, which led to her being our Membership Co-Chair and Steering Committee Secretary. In 2012, Sue Friedman asked Maia to join her as Steering Committee Co-Chair, a role that Maia now shares with Amy Hughes.

“I wanted to be involved in something where I felt like what I was doing would make a difference locally and I wanted to meet other fabulous women - I’m kind of a social person. But what I didn’t have was extra time. Women United fit the bill on all three accounts!”

Read more: Member Profile: Maia Bannan

Member Celebration & Open House

Membership Open House

January 22, 5-7pm, The Paramount Theater

Please join us on Thursday, January 22, to kick off our 10th year! Our 2013 Grant recipients, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and Jefferson Area CHIP, will discuss what they have accomplished over the last year with Women United funds. You'll learn more about our grant process and meet the Women United Steering Committee and Founders.

This event is open to the public. We encourage all our Members to bring friends and coworkers who want to learn more about giving in our community. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   by January 16th!

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