I am excited to announce that Women in Philanthropy is now Women United!
Our United Way has joined thousands of other women around the country in the next generation of a powerful movement. As leaders in that movement for nearly sixteen years, Women United in the Sacramento Region has invested over $1.9 million in support of emancipating foster youth, the most vulnerable among our children. That support includes matched savings accounts so that foster youth have a safety net when they exit the system. That is why I am a platinum member of Women United and I am humbled to be part of such a dynamic group of women.
Women United members make an annual commitment through workplace giving or by giving directly to our United Way. Women United members give their time to provide life skills workshops and mentoring to teach foster youth how to manage the transition into adulthood. Foster youth learn how to create and manage a budget, how to ace a job interview, how to dress for success, and how to set and accomplish life goals, all skills that we teach the children in our own lives.
During this next phase of our work, Women United will become even stronger advocates on behalf of foster youth to ensure that public policies and the systems they support address their needs, and that resources are being invested in their success. This work will include visits with state legislators to share the successes and challenges that our current policies enable for foster youth in this region.
Women United is an integral part of our United Way’s Square One Project. By ensuring that emancipating foster youth stay on track, one of the four pillars of the project, we know that those students are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to college or career.
And finally, I hope that you will join us on October 26, 2017, as we welcome Simone Biles to Sacramento as our very special guest at the 16th Annual Women United Luncheon. As a former foster youth, Simone is an inspiration not only for other foster youth, but also for all of us because of her determination, grace and excellence. Join us to hear more about her story and meet the foster youth in our region. Their stories are powerful reminders of why we are Women United.
To learn more about Women United, please click here.