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Are you interested in becoming more involved with Women United? Do you know a Women United member who would be excellent in a Committee role?

Women United is a volunteer organization. We need fabulous women to round out our Committees. If you or someone you know has the talent and enthusiasm for anything described below, we want to hear from you!
Programming Committee: The Programming Committee provides dedicated experiences for Women United members and prospective members through events. Important aspects of this Committee are speaker and topic selection and working closely with Events & Logistics. To volunteer or nominate a friend, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Event & Logistics Committee: This committee coordinates with the Program Committee and Membership to support our events. Opportunities include event planning, venue coordination, menu selection, decor and day-of logistics. If you are good at working with venues and have an eye for detail, this committee is for you. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer or nominate a friend.  
Communications & Marketing Committee: Keeping the membership and our community up to date with Women United involves writing and editing skills, website maintenance, direct mail design, and email communication. We welcome anyone with skills or interest in media relations, marketing, social media, writing, or graphic design. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to volunteer or nominate a friend 
Membership Committee: The Membership Committee is not only responsible for new member recruitment, but also for engaging and retaining our current members. Working closely with Communications and Programming, we are looking for new, creative ideas to engage our members and increase event and committee participation. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to volunteer or nominate a friend 
Grant CommitteeThe 2017 Grant Cycle is in full swing, with our largest Grant Committee ever. We will be awarding $50,000 in grants this year. The Grant Committee has reviewed proposals from more than 15 local non-profits and are in the on-site visit phase. We will start building our 2018 Grant Committee in the fall of 2017. Look for an invitation to join the 2018 Grant Committee in the fall. Allyn Gutauskas and Jennifer Lehman are the current co-chairs.
Women United's mission is to engage with like-minded women, learn about philanthropy, and leverage collective giving. With your help, we have awarded almost 1/2 a million dollars to local non-profits. Thank you! 

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A benefit of your membership level is the opportunity to get involved in the Human Services Grant Awards selection process, which is central to Women United’s mission of maximizing women's leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating the membership, increasing charitable contributions, and strengthening our community through the impact of collective giving to support human services.

CLICK HERE to verify your 2017 Membership is up to date. If you are a 2017 Donor or Corporate Member, you can participate in one or both of the following ways:
The Grant Committee will soon begin the process that leads to the selection of Women United's 2017 Human Services Award recipient(s). Please send to us the names of any non-profit organizations or one of their specific programs or projects that you recommend for consideration by the Committee. Please include the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of the organization’s contact person with your nomination.
As you consider organizations/programs to nominate, please keep in mind that the organization you nominate must be a 501(c)3, and the organization or program should serve women and/or children in the localities of Planning District 10 (the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson).

Organizations that received Women United Human Services Grant Awards in the past two years are not eligible for consideration. For the 2017 grant cycle, these ineligible organizations are:  Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, Piedmont Housing Alliance, City of Promise, Foothills Child Advocacy Center, and Charlottesville Works Initiative.

To nominate an organization, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before February 10, 2017.  Include your preferred contact email address and telephone number.


Please consider serving on the 2017 Grant Committee. We will be hosting an information session for donor and corporate members considering Grant Committee Service:

Thursday, January 26, 2017
9:00 to 10:30 am
Hantzmon Wiebel Conference Room
818 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville

RSVP by Friday, January 20, 2017, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Grant Commitee service is an excellent way to actively support Women United’s mission of maximizing women's leadership in philanthropy by:

•    Educating the membership about non-profit organizations serving our community
•    Contributing your skills to this comprehensive grant award selection process
•    Serving as a good steward of the funds provided by our members for grant awards
•    Meeting and collaborating with other Women United members

The three 2017 Grant Committee meetings will take place at the Hantzmon Wiebel offices in downtown Charlottesville.  As you consider committee participation, please be aware that attendance is critical to our ability to make effective use of our meeting time.
Meeting #1:  Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9:00 to 10:30 am
Meeting #2:  Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9:00 to 10:30 am
Meeting #3:  Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 am

To serve on the Grant Committee, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before February 10, 2017; include your preferred contact email address and telephone number.

If you have questions, please feel free to email one of our Grant Committee Co-Chairs:

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2016 Grants Awarded

IMG 2727At our November 3 Luncheon, Women United announced our 2016 Human Services Grant Award recipients: Albemarle Housing Improvement Program for Children Safe at Home and Piedmont Housing Alliance for Nutrition and Community at Friendship Court. We awarded $20,000 to each organization.

Pictured here are Karen Reifenberger, Claudette Grant & Beth Kennan from PHA and Jennifer Jacobs from AHIP.

Learn More About These Programs.

2016 Grant Finalists Announced

The Women United Grant Committee is pleased to announce that in our 11th year, Women United will be awarding $40,000 in grants to local human services organizations. We received 11 compelling proposals, which we have carefully reviewed and narrowed down to a selective group of 5 finalists:

African American Teaching Fellows

The mission of African American Teaching Fellows is to recruit, support, develop, and retain African American teachers to serve Charlottesville City and Albemarle County public schools. Fellowship applicants who are undergraduates must be enrolled in an accredited education program. Fellowship applicants who are college graduates and have completed an undergraduate degree in a program other than education, and are presently enrolled in an approved education program working toward licensure, are also eligible. AATF’s programming, ranging from professional support to leadership development, helps Fellows foster a connection to, and an affinity for, the Charlottesville-Albemarle community, thus contributing to the retention of Fellows in our community.

The purpose of the AATF 2016 grant request of $20,000 to Women United is to provide the AATF direct tuition support of the AATF Scholarship program’s mission goals. The AATF program contributes a total of $25,000 to the degree attainment and teacher licensure process of five Student Fellows yearly. All of the $20,000 requested from Women United will be restricted to AATF’s Direct Assistance Fund. In exchange for the scholarship funding, each Fellow commits to teaching in the Charlottesville-Albemarle public school systems for the amount of time equivalent to the years of funding received. Out of 16 Fellows teaching in the state of Virginia, 14 Fellows are teaching in the Charlottesville-Albemarle community.

AATF’s relationship to community need: Our community serves over 15,000 students and employs more than 1,500 teachers. However, there are fewer than 150 African American teachers working in our public schools. The AATF program works to increase the number of African American teachers in the Charlottesville City and Albemarle County public schools, thereby providing all students with the experience of building social trust and a wider sense of community with African American teachers from the Charlottesville-Albemarle community.

More information: AATF website


Children Safe at Home: Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP)

Children Safe at Home is a household repair program that responds when there is an urgent call from homeowners for critical repairs to ensure that their children have safe and secure homes. The goal of the $20,000 grant would be to make 30 critical home repairs for low-income families in 2017. Funds would be used for project planning and estimating, labor, building materials and supplies.

The target population to benefit from this grant is low income, home-owning families with children under 18 years of age in the Charlottesville and Albemarle area. In the past year, the population served by this program was 60% African American or Hispanic, with 23% of the families being headed by a single parent; the average annual income in these households was $30,049.

AHIP has offered repairs to households that could not afford them since 1976. Last year alone, AHIP helped 297 people make 246 critical home repairs and energy upgrades. Thirty- two percent of those households included children. AHIP believes that a Women United grant for this ongoing program would serve as a seal of approval that would assist them in garnering more donations to this program.

More information: AHIP website


KidsCollege Closing Summer Achievement Gap: Piedmont Virginia Community College

The goal of the KidsCollege Summer Academies program, and request for Women United’s grant of $20,000, is to provide 200 low-income youth (grades 3–9) with tuition costs and access to STEM & Arts summer enrichment programming at Piedmont Virginia Community College. The purpose is to address the achievement gap between low-income and high-income students. The funding will provide the tuition support for low-income youth from the Southwood community and Fluvanna County, as well as provide reliable transportation, and support personnel. In the Southwood community, more than 80% of the residents are of Mexican, Salvadoran, or Honduran descent, and parents have limited skills in speaking English. Families in Fluvanna County face significant transportation barriers.

The Summer Academies focus on STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Health Sciences) and the Arts, and will occur through project-based educational Academies that include topics such as, Kitchen Chemistry, Make an APP, Robotics, and AV Audio. Pre- and post- evaluations with students and their parents/guardians will be conducted to determine program impact, content and skills learned.

KidsCollege provides effective summer learning programs with a safe environment, small class sizes, a blend of academic and enrichment activities, engagement of parents, and community partnerships. This summer enrichment programming addresses the widening achievement gap between low-income and high-income students. It allows economically disadvantaged youth to take beginning steps to break the cycle of poverty and achievement gaps in the experience of low-income children.

More information: KidsCollege Summer Academies website


Nutrition and Community at Friendship Court: Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA)

Friendship Court, an affordable housing community of 150 very low income households, is managed by Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA), which offers an after school program, complete with snacks, for children who are residents. The previous source of the snacks is no longer able to provide the food; therefore, PHA seeks bridge funding of $20,000 for a year while they complete the process of qualifying for a USDA program that would supply snacks. PHA would like to provide 30-40 children with healthy, locally sourced snacks five days a week for the ten months that school is in session. The grant money would pay for both the food and three hours of staff time per week to obtain and serve the food.

The group of approximately 100 children who could benefit from the grant the days they attend the program are aged 3 to18 years old, 93% of whom live in female-headed households, and have a median family income of $11,000 per year. The residents are predominately African American.

PHA is a Charlottesville not-for-profit whose mission is to create housing opportunities and build community in Charlottesville and central Virginia. Piedmont Housing Alliance is a minority partner in the partnership that owns Friendship Court. Piedmont Housing is committed first, and most importantly, to providing homes for 150 families that live at Friendship Court and to keeping the Section 8 rental assistance that makes the housing affordable.

More information: PHA website


Yes We Tech! Charlottesville Women in Technology (CWIT)

Yes We Tech! aspires to increase the number of girls interested in entering STEM professions, increase the number of women entering the technology field, and improve technology support for local women in various fields. Several annual events to be inaugurated in 2017 would be supported by the $20,000 grant: (1) six Yes We Tech!-Girls Workshops are planned to inspire middle school girls across the region and will help develop girls’ tech identity; and (2) a Yes We Tech! Summit: Women in Tech Career Forum and Girls Tech Competition will give interested women and girls information about tech-related careers and offer technology skill building. A competition among several groups formed during the middle school workshops will culminate the forum.

The workshops for middle school girls aged 11-14 are planned for 60 girls, while the summit, which will attract women aged 18-70+ can host 200 attendees. A larger goal is to add 125 new members, a 50% increase, and to find more corporate sponsors willing to underwrite future events. The target area is Charlottesville, Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange Counties.

The Charlottesville Women in Tech organization is two years old and has 250 members. It offers regular monthly programming including Girls’ Geek Days. All funding of programs comes from donations.

More information: CWIT website


Hatcher Consulting Engaged for Strategic Review

Cathy Train for webHappy New Year to all Women United Members,

In recognition of our 10th year, we celebrated by giving $60,000 in grants in November for a total of $372,825 year to date. Congratulations to you our members and donors!

Our ten-year anniversary presents a perfect time to pause and reflect on how to make the next 10 years as successful as the first. To that end, we have engaged Holly Hatcher, Hatcher Consulting, to facilitate this review and visioning exercise.

Over the next couple of months, Holly will:

  • Scan women’s giving circle models and best practices;
  • Conduct focus groups with founders, steering committee members and random groups of current, past, and potential members;
  • Ask you to complete a succinct and important anonymous survey;
  • Present findings and recommendations at a Women United Spring Event (TBD).

This is an important time for Women United. On behalf of the steering committee, thank you for your interest and participation.

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Cathy Train
United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area


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