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!”

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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!

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.

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