By: Meg Droge, Senior Manager, Individual Giving and Donor Engagement
United Way of New York City's Women United (WU) group is a network of vibrant, diverse female professionals, who value the power of community, aspire to be part of something bigger than themselves, and believe in making smart investments personally, professionally, and philanthropically. Often we mention that a valuable perk of being a WU member is tapping into a vast network of female leaders. But what exactly does that mean, and what is the impact? Here's a glimpse into the significance of WU's intricate web.
United Way of New York City's WU chapter is connected to a global WU movement that spans 70,000+ women from more than 165 communities across six countries. Yes, you read those impressive numbers correctly! That's 70,000+ voices, leaders, philanthropists, and volunteers working together to advance United Way's mission. And leading this spectacular movement is the Global Women United Leadership Council.
In late September, I had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Global Council’s fall meeting along with staff from fellow United Ways and WU volunteers. The conference was planned deliberately around Women United Advocacy Day (September 20), which included a trip to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional staff and to discuss the importance of United Way programs focused on education and health. On the Hill, WU leaders were advocating specifically for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps families supplement inadequate wages and keep food on the table while they work toward financial stability.
In the U.S., one in six children are food insecure, meaning it's unclear from where their next meal will come. It's unclear if they'll have the fuel they need to thrive. During the summer, children's food insecurity worsens. As schools close, many children do not have access to balanced, nutritious meals. And without them, students are more prone to the “summer slide,” or rather falling behind in school and potentially their future success.
WU understands that health and education are vital to the prosperity of our families, communities, country, and world, and they're locking arms nationally and globally to move the needle on these issues.
When you join United Way of New York City's Women United group, your voice amplifies as it becomes part of an empowering network, whose impact resounds. Learn more.
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