Communities need champions who understand their problems, see their potential, and will offer solutions that will make a difference. And change is only possible when there is a vast and organized network that can lift up proven strategies and bring them to our communities.
Women United ignites the power of women – who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done – to create lasting change in their communities.
As an integral part of United Way, Women United fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. We are a diverse, vibrant community, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging — to each other, to United Way's mission, and to the communities we call home.
We Ignite Change.
In Champaign County, we tackle the issues that matter most to the people who call it home. We empower each other to leverage our passions, ideas, expertise, and resources to transform the very conditions in which people live.
With more than 700 members and $600,000 invested in local solutions, we’re able to create change in targeted ways, while also being part of United Way's bigger picture and broader cause. Two of our big wins include the establishment of a scholarship fund for women attending Parkland College and granting critical financial support to the Emergency Shelter for Families.
You may have heard of our big event, Power of the Purse! You might not know that we also host quarterly Lunch and Learn seminars, Volunteer Days, and more events to engage deeper with community issues and make a difference right here in Champaign County.
- You’ll be a part of a community of like-minded women who contribute their personal passions, best ideas, and unique strengths to United Way's mission of building stronger communities.
- Volunteer within our community alongside others looking to create change.
- Network and collaborate with key business and community leaders at exclusive events.
- Learn more about critical issues impacting our community.
- Advocate for key community issues at the local and state level.
How to Join
Membership in Women United is open to all women whose households contribute $500 or more annually to United Way's Community Impact Fund. This is the engine that supports United Way's three-part Community Impact Strategy. Together we are providing Community Essentials such as food, housing, and healthcare; connecting and strengthening nonprofits through Community Building, and targeting the toughest community problems through Community Change grants.
Contact us with the form below, or email us today.
Women United is generously sponsored in 2022-2023 by Tenet Wealth Partners.
Women United Events
The Women United committee plans a variety of events each year for our membership.
When you join Women United with a gift of $500 or more to United Way, you'll receive monthly updates and invitations to all our events.
Women United Illini Basketball Experience!
January 29, 2023
Package includes game ticket, meet and greet with Coach Shauna Green, and more!
The Basketball Experience is SOLD OUT! Thank you!
Lunch and Learn - Authentic Leadership
March 28, 2023
Presented by Elizabeth Angelo, CNO, Carle Health
Registration opens on February 1, 2023.
July 19, 2023
November 16, 2023
Bottom Line Diaper Bank Repack
March 1, 2023
6pm - 7pm
Children are welcome at this volunteer event. Sign up now!
Bottom Line Diaper Bank Repack
June 21, 2023
November 1 - 15, 2023
8th Annual Power of the Purse fundraiser
May 4, 2023
Sponsorship and ticketing information available - contact Paula Santiago