Stand Up. Take Action.
United Way Women United (formerly Women's Leadership Council) is a diverse network of professional women who stand up and take action to strengthen women and families in our community.
Recognizing the Power of Women to Affect Change
WU mobilizes the caring power of women to improve lives by addressing the critical needs in our community. When women connect around an idea to improve lives, anything is possible.
- Energize and inspire women to make a difference through philanthropic giving
- Give ‘voice’ to issues important to women and families in our neighborhoods
- Volunteer our time and talent
- Unite women in our community
About United Way Women United
Founded and led by women, United Way’s Women United (WU) recognizes the tremendous power and influence of women in philanthropy. Nationally, WU began in 2000 and has raised more than one billion dollars, making it the most successful philanthropic movement of its kind.
A Message From One of Our Members
Women United harnesses our individual and collective power to make a measurable difference. "
- Karmela K Malone, Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.;
WU Founding Member
What We Do
Give. Advocate. Volunteer. in support of families having access to financial education resources in order to achieve financial security and children entering school ready to learn and read on grade level by the end of third grade.
Locally, since 2010 members of United Way Women United have mobilized its members to give, advocate and volunteer by helping women and families work toward the goal of financial security. Power of the Purse, the signature fundraiser held in June, benefits the WU-supported Family Financial Stability Initiative in the Hartford area working toward that goal.
WU capitalizes on the strength of women as philanthropists and volunteers. It offers women the opportunity to step forward and use their heart, head and hands to drive positive change in our community. We act locally, but we are part of a global network of caring women.