Anne-Marie Slaughter at WU Luncheon

Women United welcomed Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter as keynote speaker at our 2014 Human Services Grant Award Luncheon at Farmington Country Club.

A Charlottesville native, Dr. Slaughter is currently the president and CEO of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute and idea incubator based in Washington and New York. From 2009–2011 she served as director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. She received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School. 

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2013 Grant Recipients Announced

On Tuesday, October 1, Women United announced our 2013 Human Services Grant Award Recipients! This year we awarded two $20,000 grants:

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. Women United's $20,000 grant will 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.

Jefferson Area CHIP - Jefferson Area Children’s Health Improvement Program (CHiP) will use their $20,000 Women United grant to to support the salary of a Family Support Worker/Parent Educator who will conduct at least monthly home visits with 50 children ages 0-7 over the next year. CHIp's mission is to provide early learning opportunities to children living in poverty in Charlottesville and Albemarle in order to promote kindergarten readiness and to increase the likelihood of continued school success. CHiP family support workers and nurses partner with parents to provide a nurturing, stimulating, and optimal early learning environment for young children.

Including these grants, Women United has awarded $267,825 to local non-profits serving women and children in our area! All of this has been accomplished through Membership and Collective Giving. To be a part of our 2014 Membership, Join Now.

Working Women Sue for Equal Pay

Lynn Povich Book JacketA Festival of the Book Event

On Friday, March 22, Women United sponsored a Festival of the Book event with Lynn Povich, author of The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace. Ms. Povich discussed how she and her colleagues at Newsweek battled sexism in the media, the roles of other women who made and are making a difference, and the challenges that women still face in the workplace.

Nancy O'Brien, the first woman mayor of Charlottesville, led a lively conversation. Attendees included other women who had fought for equal rights in the 60's and 70's, younger women who benefited from that fight, and men who support us all.

Women United serves to engage and educate our Members and our community. This is just one event dedicated to that mission. Be sure to check our website for other opportunities and follow us on Facebook.

New Payment Plan Option!

We have organized a payment plan so that you can break your contribution of $600+ into payments. This is available to Donor/Voting Members, Corporate Members and Underwriters. We hope this will be more budget-friendly, and will encourage folks to join us at a higher commitment level.

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2012 Human Services Grant Awarded

A Women United Gift That Really Moves Kids!

Women United's 2012 Grant was used to purchase a bus for the Boys & Girls Clubs' Southwood center.Our 2012 Human Services Grant Award recipient is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. As the leading provider of youth development services in the area, the current Southwood Club is stretched beyond capacity with more than 100 kids per day. The Southwood neighborhood in Albemarle County is a community in crisis, with burgeoning gang activity and youth drug use. The Club used Women United's grant to purchase a bus. This bus has already been used for field trips to museums, swim centers, parks and more. It also transports the kids to the larger Club on Cherry Avenue.

The kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs were so excited about their new bus that they wrote a variety of Thank You letters to Women United. James Pierce, Executive Director of the Clubs, read one at our Luncheon: "Thank you! The bus is awesome! We love the bus. You donated a lot of money. Thank you again! Love, Sydney." Click here to view all of these wonderful notes in our Facebook Photo Album.

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