Foster Youth To Shine At United Way’s Annual Women In Philanthropy Luncheon
Tickets on sale for annual fundraiser to benefit local foster youth

News Release

September 17, 2014 – Local residents can help foster youth shine at United Way’s 13th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Arden Fair Mall Center Court. The event will include a foster youth fashion show, gourmet lunch, drawing prizes, and presentations by local current and former foster youth who have participated in United Way’s financial stability initiative. United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members also will discuss their work with the financial stability initiative’s $en$e-Ability project, supporting financial literacy courses and a matched savings program for foster youth. Tickets range from $75-$125. To purchase tickets, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wiplunch .

            “Our annual luncheon not only raises money for foster youth, it raises their self-esteem to be in a room with powerful women who want to hear their stories and believe they will succeed,” said Ruth Miller, co-chair, United Way’s Women in Philanthropy.

United Way’s financial stability initiative is working to make sure local households and foster youth can meet their basic needs and plan for their future. Right now, 30 percent of households cannot, and the numbers are worse for foster youth. Part of the initiative includes United Way’s $en$e-Ability project that is helping adults and foster youth learn better financial skills. Ninety percent of foster youth in the program also are participating in United Way’s matched savings program. In addition, United Way leads the Assets & Opportunity Network, a group of nonprofits, companies and volunteers looking at financial stability data in the community and working to increase the number of individuals who are financially thriving, including foster youth.

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy brings local women together to help local foster youth across Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. A dynamic group of businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders, Women in Philanthropy members are first responders in repairing the financial stability of local foster youth by raising funds for United Way to provide financial literacy courses and matched savings accounts designed specifically for foster youth. Members also hold drives and provide trainings. Women in Philanthropy is part of United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers and community leaders working to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid and find lasting solutions for future generations in the areas of education, financial stability and health. To become a member, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wip .