United Way’s Women in Philanthropy is a group of local women dedicated to ensuring foster youth throughout our community are prepared for and successful in their futures. Members teach foster youth to manage their finances, lead life skills workshops, and make holiday seasons special by providing gifts and necessities. Dynamic and powerful, Women in Philanthropy members act as positive role models and essential advocates for the foster youth throughout the community.
This dynamic group is one of 120 United Way women’s groups nationwide and brings women together to foster the future, preparing foster youth for a successful adulthood. With more than 50,000 members across the country, United Way women’s groups have raised $700 million since 2001 and are expected to reach $1 billion this year.
Marina learned the hard way that the old saying is true: Sometimes you can’t go home. Marina’s childhood was marked by addiction – her parents’ addiction and her own. Fortunately, her probation officer saw her perseverance and determination and sent her to Koinonia Homes for Teens.
As a foster youth at Koinonia, Marina turned her life around, due in part to Koinonia’s participation in United Way’s financial stability initiative, which includes our $en$e-Ability project that helps foster youth become financially literate and build savings accounts for when they move out on their own.
This special event offers an opportunity for local foster youth involved in United Way’s $en$e-Ability project to gather information about a potential career in government and to inspire them to reach for their dreams. We are excited to announce our 3rd annual Day at the Capitol will be on Tuesday, March 24.
We are looking for volunteers to lead various life skills workshops for local foster youth. Volunteers are responsible for designing the workshop coursework and for providing all necessary items and materials.
192 gifts and 130 stockings were donated this year through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy so local foster youth can have their holiday wishes fulfilled.
Sixty four youth in Sacramento County’s Gifts From The Heart program each received three holiday gifts they requested. United Way’s Women in Philanthropy and community members also filled stockings for 130 current foster youth with United Way’s $en$e-Ability project funded partners: Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Koinonia Family Services and New Morning Youth and Family Services.
We are so grateful for the overwhelming support from the community during the holidays and can’t thank our donor enough! We’d like to also extend a special thank you to the Girls Scouts Heart of Central California, Icetown and Project Linus for their donation of additional items to complete our stockings.
Wow! We have you and our sponsors to thank for another successful Women in Philanthropy Luncheon! We are feeling so excited for the year to come due to all the support we received at this event. For the first time ever we were able to raise $11,000 to go directly for the foster youth, and this is just the beginning! We are ready to help more foster youth bloom and we’re glad to have you on our side!
Thank you to all the Women in Philanthropy members and friends who have been supporting our program for the past 13 years. The generosity of your gift and involvement has made a difference in the lives of so many local foster youth.
Because of YOU, 90% of the foster youth in our program learned financial literacy and started a savings account.