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United Way: Women's Leadership Initiative

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If you are a woman looking for a way to make a real difference in the community, there’s a unique way for you to help. It’s the Women’s Leadership Initiative, an organization designed by women – through United Way of Washtenaw County

The WLI has opportunities in the areas of Advocacy, Marketing & Communication, Membership & Engagement, Volunteering and Special Events.

The WLI sponsors a special event each year - The Power of the Purse. To us, the Power of the Purse means one thing - Helping women achieve their potential

Research demonstrates that when a family in our community is struggling, whether it’s financially, emotionally, or with health care or safety issues, it’s often the women who bear the brunt of responsibility for holding things together.

The WLI is a way to reach out to women in our community, who bear a disproportionate share of the burden.

  • 27% of women head of households live in poverty. When there are children under the age of 5 in the household, the number increases to 54%.
  • Many of these women lack a high diploma and earn only $323 per week.
  • These women juggle financial problems, day care problems, health care problems and education problems – and they do it all alone.

These women need a group of community-minded women who focus on their needs and provide them the help and support they must have to build successful lives.

These women need YOU.

  • Please consider designating part of your gift in the annual United Way campaign to the Women's Leadership Initiative (listed as Power of the Purse on the pledge card).
  • Consider a Leadership gift at $500 or above (special recognition given).

Click here for our WLI brochure

Women’s Leadership Initiative Mission

United Way’s Women’s Leadership committee is building a group of dynamic business and community leaders who are committed to igniting the power of women to advance the common good. Our goal is to mobilize the caring power of our community to help improve the lives of women who need assistance to achieve their potential and make a better life for themselves and their families.



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