Give $40 a paycheck to join Women United® + make a difference in The Magic City

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Daphne Dansby, Kirk Forrester, Wendi Boyen + Grace Harrelson (not pictured)—Women United® Co-Chairs. (United Way of Central Alabama)

On Wednesday, May 4, Women United® hosted a shopping and social event that supported local female entrepreneurs and United Way of Central Alabama agencies. This was my first time hearing about Women United®, and I was interested to learn that by donating $40 per paycheck, women can make a big difference in The Magic City. Keep reading for all the details.

But first, what is Women United®? 

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Women together at Women United®. (United Way of Central Alabama)

Women United® is a leadership organization comprised of women who donate $1000 or more to UWCA each year to provide individuals, families and neighborhoods access to the resources they need to lead a better life. Locally, there are 1,600 members who contribute $4 million to the annual campaign.

“Our mission is simple yet bold: to inspire, educate and motivate women to become positive change-agents within our community through philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism.”

Kirk Forrester, Flower Magazine, Co-Chair, Women United®

Members receive the following:

  • Networking and collaboration opportunities with local leaders.
  • Women United Wednesday lunch series highlighting key issues impacting our community.
  • Volunteer opportunities at community organizations.

The goal is to create lasting change to lift up entire communities by helping those who need it most.   

Women supporting women while giving back to the community

A few local women-owned businesses donated a percentage of the evening’s sales to United Way of Central Alabama, including:                

Participants had the chance to shop guilt-free, knowing that they were supporting local women entrepreneurs and the important work the United Way of Central Alabama does in our community.

In addition, the first 50 women who joined Women United® or renewed their leadership pledge left with an amazing gift bag full of items donated by local businesses, including: 

100 years of service: why United Way of Central Alabama Matters

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Women together at Women United®. (United Way of Central Alabama)

“For 100 years our United Way has been a beacon of hope and opportunity to those on the margins, in need of the most basic things—housing, education, access to healthcare, financial stability. Last year alone we invested over $27 million into our six-county footprint.”

Kirk Forrester, Flower Magazine, Co-Chair, Women United®

Leading through turbulent times

Meals on Wheels van
The Meals on Wheels van loaded up with food for delivery. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

“The great civil rights leader—and fellow Alabamian—John Lewis once said, ‘We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.’ We are living through turbulent times. Our community is emerging from two years of pandemic and while many of our neighbors have come out of that strong and resilient, many are struggling. Whether through direct programs like Meals on Wheels or through partner agencies like Boys and Girls Club, United Way stands in the gap for our neighbors on the brink.”

Kirk Forrester, Flower Magazine, Co-Chair, Women United®

Email womenunited@uwca.org to join Women United® by donating $40 per paycheck, or by making a donation of $1000 or more per year. Visit UWCA’s Instagram every Wednesday to hear from Women United members and partner agency directors. 

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