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.
For more information on Women in Philanthropy, contact Casey Gray.
United Way’s Women in Philanthropy spring event was quite the success! We collected 253 towel sets (one bath towel, hand towel and wash cloth), 48 pieces of luggage, and hundreds of toiletries for local foster youth preparing to emancipate from the system.
Lorrie Wilson is an outstanding person. She is a multitalented individual who is involved in several of United Way’s impact ventures. Lorrie keeps busy as a co-chair of Women in Philanthropy; She is also a community volunteer on the Financial Stability Impact Council; as well as becoming involved is the recently formed Retiree Giving Club. We were very honored to have Lorrie let us get to know her a little better and share with us her experiences with United Way and our affinity groups.
This year forty local foster youth toured the State Capitol on March 24th and participated in roundtable discussions with eight leaders in government. Participating foster youth were from Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Koinonia Homes for Teens and New Morning Youth and Family Services, which are partners in United Way’s financial stability initiative that is working to financially prepare foster youth for emancipation.
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.
• Work with our $en$e-Ability partners to help foster youth save money through matched accounts so they can live on their own.
• Collect holiday gifts, fill holiday stockings with necessities and gather towels, toiletries and luggage for emancipating foster youth.
• Teach workshops on topics from healthy cooking to interview skills.
• Bring foster youth to the State Capitol to meet women in government.
• Attend our annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon and fashion show.
*A minimum donation must be designated to Women in Philanthropy or United Way projects. Corporate matching dollars can be used to qualify for higher membership levels once the minimum $375 threshold is met..
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.