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WHAT IS WOMEN UNITED?
Formed in 2005, Women United is a powerful collaboration of women committed to significantly improving the quality of life for the children in Allen County by ensuring their readiness for kindergarten. We are dedicated to making a difference through focused philanthropic giving, advocacy and volunteerism. Keep up with the latest Women United news with our e-newsletters! February 2013 e-newsletter;
Power of the Purse is Women United’s signature fundraiser. This unique event includes live and silent auctions for extraordinary purses, networking with community members and time with friends to help fund initiatives to provide children the opportunity to attend quality early childhood programs.
Studies reveal that approximately 46 percent of children enter kindergarten unprepared and the most economically challenged kids start school one to two years behind in language and other skills important to their academic success. In Allen County, there are nearly 6,000 children under the age of five living in poverty, which has increased 48 percent from the year 2000.
Susie Peirce, Co-Chair
Children without access to high-quality early childhood learning opportunities have a vocabulary of approximately 5,000 words as opposed to children who are exposed to literacy-rich environments, who have about a 20,000-word vocabulary upon entering first grade. A forty-year longitudinal study that followed infants into adulthood showed that investing $1 in early childhood learning saves $7 down the road, with tangible results in family income, health and stability.
These are the staggering statistics that Women United members seek to change through their involvement and investment in United Way.
QUARTERLY LUNCH AND LEARNS
Quarterly Lunch and Learns provide an opportunity for all Women United members to come together for presentations and trainings given by local and national speakers. These quarterly luncheons will also allow all members the chance to network and fellowship with other philanthropists in our community.
PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY EFFORTS
Women United is involved with United Way's public policy advocacy efforts. To find out more about what United Way's public policy advocacy agenda, what Women United advocates for and other advocacy resources, click here.
WOMEN UNITED COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES
Special Events Committee
Women United Leadership Council Membership
Minimum pledge: $1,000
To apply for membership please click here to download the brochure and application, complete and mail to United Way of Allen County, 334 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Please send to the attention of Kelly Wehman.
Questions? Contact Kelly Wehman at email@example.com or 260-469-4009.