Women United luncheonUnited Way representative Rachel Meeke addresses a 2023 luncheon of campus Women United.

Women United advancing the common good in local communities

In more than 165 regions across six different countries, Women United are making a difference for their local communities.

With a mission to “mobilize the caring power of women to advance the common good in our communities,” the United Way group forms a network of leaders to address issues facing women and their families.

“My experience has been amazing with Women United. It’s a great opportunity to meet and network with local women in the community. And give back to the young women and families in need. Connect with them one-on-one,” said Soula Serra, a team lead with Continuing Education, during a lunch-and-learn webinar Wednesday.

Included in the campus fundraising effort this week in support of United Way was a session to learn more about Women United and the difference its members make in Windsor-Essex.

Currently, the organization has 60 local members — with 13 from the University of Windsor, organizers said.

Each year, Women United pool their resources to contribute to the On Track to Success program, which offers wrap-around support to students in low-income families. This includes donations as well as hosting book drives, tutoring and interview assistance, and field trips.

“It’s very rewarding to see the impact of your donations and contributions,” Serra said. “Your money goes directly to On Track to Success and you know it’s a great program going back into our community.”

Women United has also created an extracurricular fund to help students access activities like driving lessons, music lessons, and sports, as well as attend important events like prom and graduation.

In addition to helping families, Women United is also an opportunity to join projects and network with others who feel passionate about giving back.

Staff and faculty in attendance at United Way events this week entered a draw for a free vacation day. Winners were Anita Bondy and Naomi Pelkey who attended the kick-off session on Monday and Laura Little who went to Wednesday’s Women United event.

To learn more about the Women United and the United Way, visit www.uwindsor.ca/unitedway.

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