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Women United For Change

YOU can make a difference as a United Way Women’s Leadership Council member

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Fifteen years ago, a group of women in North Carolina, not very different than those in our own community, decided to join together to combine their passion and resources for the betterment of the community. As an economic powerhouse in the 21st century, these women -- and others like them -- decided to exercise their muscles, lend their voices, and contribute the financial resources needed to make their communities better places to live and work.  

That handful of determined and passionate women gave birth to the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, which now has 50,000 members in 130 U.S. communities, including the 70 members of our Somerset and Warren Councils.

To date, United Way Women’s Leadership Councils have raised more than $830 million --  the most successful philanthropic effort of its kind! Our local Councils in Somerset and Warren have contributed $360,000 to this effort, supporting United Way’s work in our region.

Members' ages, ethnic backgrounds, geographies, professions, and interests are diverse, but the common denominator is a shared belief in the work they do together to lift up their communities.  

Locally, our Councils have established scholarships for students at area colleges and provided critical supports to women working hard to achieve financial independence and stability for themselves and their families.

In addition, our Council members share their time and expertise, volunteering throughout the year to improve lives by acting as mentors to other women facing various challenges and by mobilizing their communities to support United Way fundraisers, drives, and programs.

The Council celebrates regional expansion with kickoff event

To further tap into this amazing potential in northern New Jersey, United Way has begun to expand the Council  to reach across our full footprint, including Morris, North Essex, and Sussex counties.  

At  the “Women United for Change” event on February 7, more than 200 area women came together to hear about the impact they can make on our communities as members of United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

Headlining the evening was Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, who shared her vision for how women have the potential to lend their talents to help strengthen and improve our communities locally and across the country. The evening was a display of strong women leadership beginning with Stacey and further enhanced by New Jersey Monthly Publisher and Editor in Chief Kate Tomlinson who moderated the event and Rutgers University professor Stephanie Hoopes Halpin, Ph.D. who shared highlights of the United Way ALICE Report.

United Way of Northern New Jersey is only at the starting point of what passionate, caring women can do together.  We recognize the potential women have to affect change and call for more to lend their passion and expertise to our blossoming Women’s Leadership Council.

During the next two months there are additional opportunities to meet other members of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and learn more about how you can make a difference in our community.

Get involved!

  • On March 19 at 3:00pm, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month at a ribbon cutting to open our United Way Women’s Leadership Center at Centenary College. The Center will be a community resource where women across the region can access career and financial coaching, workshops, and networking. Following the ribbon cutting, at 3:30pm, a reception will be held at the President’s House.
  • On Thursday, March 21, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at our Montclair office we are holding a founders meeting to launch a Women’s Leadership Council  in our North Essex community.  Join us for an intimate gathering with fellow members and help shape the Council’s direction and focus.
  • On Thursday, April 18, from 7:00am to 9:30am attend our Annual Spring Breakfast at the Basking Ridge Country Club. Tickets are $50 per person.

If you are interested in attending any of the above or want more information about the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, click here, email Sarah Brelvi, or call 908.835.3550.

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