Meet our UVA Intern and Volunteer

Meet Alexis “Lexi” Arledge, our UVA volunteer and intern. She has been working with the Women United in Together in PhilanthropyLexi Arledge - UVA Intern (WUP) Communications Committee to help organize for sustainability. Currently, she is developing plans to expand WUP’s social media presence over the next year. Once she learns more about the organization, she hopes to work with other committees, such as the Grants Committee. She is excited to be working with such intelligent women who also share her love of philanthropy.

Lexi is a third year at the University of Virginia. She is in the McIntire School of Commerce studying Information Technology and Marketing with tracks in Business Analytics and Digital Media and Promotions. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend law school and study commercial law. At UVA, she in heavily involved in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and is a member of the Virginia Alpine Ski and Board Team (VASST). Outside of UVA, she works as an adaptive ski instructor teaching people with mental and/or physical disabilities how to ski at Wintergreen Resort. In addition to skiing, Lexi is an avid cyclist and two summers ago, she biked across the country with a non-profit organization called Bike and Build to raise money and awareness for affordable housing. Lexi has just returned from completing studies in The Netherlands.

Resources: Opioid Abuse in Our Community

On February 27, 2018, Women United in Philanthropy hosted a panel discussion on Opioid Abuse in our Community. To read more about the event, click here. Several community resources were provided at the event. 

Drug Drop Off Box Flyer

NARCAN Distribution Flyer

Resources to Address Opioid Crisis


2018 Grant Nomination Deadline Announced

Current members of Women United may nominate a local non-profit to receive a grant from our 2018 Collective Fund. Nominees must be a local 501(c)3 organization serving women and/or children in Planning District 10, which includes the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.
Deadline for nominations is February 8, 2018.
To nominate, email the non-profit organization name, along with details of the specific program(s) or project(s) to be funded and the agency website.

Please provide name, title, and contact information for an individual within the nominated organization and any supporting materials you have.
Only members who have joined Women United for the 2018 grant cycle may nominate. CLICK HERE to verify your membership is current.

Women United Awards $60,000 in Grants

On October 5, 2017, Women United announced our 2017 Human Services Grant Award recipients at our annual luncheon. Due to the unprecedented growth of our membership over the past year, we were able to increase our giving from the intended $50,000 to a whopping $60,000, which meant an additional grant for the non-profit that received the third most votes in our member voting process.

African American Teaching Fellows and The Women's Initiative each received $25,000. Georgia's Healing House received our third "bonus grant" in the amount of $10,000. Each of these organizations does amazing work helping women and children in our community. To learn more, we encourage you to visit their websites using the links above.

Pictured Left to Right: Elizabeth Irvin of The Women’s Initiative; Kim Martin, Women United's 2017-2018 Chair; Dorothy Tompkins, Sue Hess & Heather Kellams of Georgia’s Healing House; and Tamara Wilkerson Dias, African American Teaching Fellows


2017 Grant Finalists Announced

The Women United Grant Committee is pleased to announce that Women United will be awarding up to a total of $50,000 in grant funding to two local human services organizations. We received eighteen compelling proposals, which we have carefully reviewed and narrowed down to the below list of 5 finalists. 

To hear presentations from each of these applicant organizations, plan on attending the Grant Finalists Presentation on August 29th at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 25th

All members will receive an email with voting details and additional proposal information between August 30th – September 11th


African American Teaching Fellows (AATF):

Increasing diversity and multicultural awareness in the local public school systems is the mission of this group.  To help achieve this, AATF requests funds to provide college tuition assistance to five African American student fellows in exchange for a commitment to teaching in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area after graduation for the same number of years for which they received funding. Fellows are also given professional support and guidance on leadership development, as well as opportunities geared to connecting the fellows to our local community.  

 AATF website

Georgia’s Healing House (GHH):

Georgia’s Healing House, a program of Georgia’s Friends, serves women during their initial stages of recovery from alcohol and drug dependency by providing a safe place to live, an individualized treatment plan, individual mentorship, and support as women reenter the workplace. In the first two years, 42 women resided at GHH, all of whom remained free of drugs and alcohol during their stay. Seventeen successfully completed the program and 12are still receiving care. There is no other supervised supportive residential program in the Charlottesville area for women in early recovery from addiction.

The Women United award would support the operation of the house, which can accommodate 12 women at a time, for approximately two and a half months, as the cost for each woman is about $1000.00 per month.

GHH website

Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA):

Piedmont CASA is an organization that trains Court Appointed Special Advocates, who work one-on-one with abused and endangered children in our community and assists the courts in determining the best environment to ensure each child's safety and well-being. CASA seeks a grant to help with recruiting, screening and training 30 new volunteers, as well as supporting and supervising the approximately 100 volunteers who are active at any one time. The number of children needing advocates has increased; specifically, CASA served 235 children in the first seven months of 2017, and even so,  has children needing advocates on its waiting list. Eighty-three percent of the children come from households surviving at or below the federal poverty line.

CASA website

Women’s Center at UVA—Middle School Mentoring Program:

The Women’s Center requests support for two mentoring programs in Charlottesville and Albemarle middle schools, the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) and the Men’s Leadership Project (MLP).  Middle school students who struggle with self–confidence, peer relationships and other common stumbling blocks receive the help of a trusted mentor for individual support as well as group mentoring. About 75 UVA undergraduates make this commitment each year to 75 children. The $322 per child requested for these programs covers activities and the materials needed for those activities, such as snacks and curriculum supplies, t-shirts, and special gatherings as well as careful training of the mentors. 

Women's Center at UVA website

The Women’s Initiative (TWI): 

TWI seeks support for the operation of critical mental health services to 3,200 women through its core programming. Women served come from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; many have been the victims of abuse, suffer from trauma, and face a variety of challenges such as the death of a family member, divorce, poverty, and post-traumatic stress disorder. TWI offers mental health counseling, social support, education and outreach to those needing help coping with depression, anxiety and trauma through individual and group therapies. 

TWI website


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