What is WOMEN UNITED?
WOMEN UNITED groups represent 70,000 members across the country. Members of WOMEN UNITED speak up and unite to take action on issues that hit closest to home through giving, volunteering and advocating.
United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore's WOMEN UNITED brings women of all backgrounds and ages together to engage hands-on and influence change. Our work is focused on improving Health, Education, and Financial Stability within UWLES' service area of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
We are a diverse, vibrant community bound together by a powerful sense of belonging to each other, to United Way’s mission, and to the communities we call home. We empower each other to leverage our passions, ideas, expertise, and resources to transform the conditions in which people live. By investing in local solutions, we are able to positively impact our hometown.
Engage with Us!
Watch for our Annual Summer Sizzle Raffle - launching in May, 2024!
Spring into Summer with your chance to win a mega-prize pack of goodies and gift cards for plenty of fun in the sun! Check back for raffle link, or follow/join our Facebook group and email list for details.
Returning in Sept. 2024 - our 30 Days of Impact Raffle!
Purchase ONE ticket for up to 31 chances (there's a bonus day!) to win a prize each day of October! Follow on socials for ticket & daily prize info and to learn how the purchase of each ticket makes an impact across our community. This was super popular in 2023 and we look forward to offering fun prizes throughout the month again this Fall!
Light refreshments provided, no cost to attend, and each quarter is in a new location on the Lower Shore.
Read to Succeed
After launching the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s newest affinity group, Women United, in September 2017; the group quickly set forth to support United Way's three pillars of Health, Education, and Financial Stability. The Women United steering committee chose to implement a reading support program aptly named Read to Succeed. By helping to improve elementary students' reading skills by reading to them and guiding them in reading to us, we are helping progress from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”. We continue to increase the number of schools served and the number of children we can impact, currently in several schools in Wicomico and Somerset counties. New in the 2023-24 school year, we've added in "Read With Me" in Dorchester county which focuses on PreK and kindergarten reading. Many thanks to those that are making a difference in these children’s lives. Sound interesting to you? Do you have 30 minutes a week or every other week to help? If so, email Cathie or call the UW office 410-742-5143.
Girls on the Run
Women United partners with Girls on the Run Greater Chesapeake to provide “Girls on the Run” to our area. This program was first rolled out at Pittsville Elementary/Middle School in Wicomico County. This program is offered each Fall & Spring, and is focused on developing self-confidence and self-esteem by promoting a healthy lifestyle and exercise through running. The girls meet with their coaches’ after school for approximately 1. 5 hours, 2 days per week during a 10 week period and finish with a celebratory 5K. Now in its 5th season, we offer both the Girls on the Run (3-5th grades) and the Heart and Sole (6-8th grades) in 7 schools in all 4 counties we serve! Volunteer coaches are needed each season, and you don't have to be a regular runner already! Contact Pam for more information.
Secret Santa Holiday Gift Support (Emerging Leaders Led Project)
Women United enjoy helping out the ELs with shopping, wrapping or delivering holiday gifts & breakfast baskets for local families. During the 2023 holiday season, families including 116 children were provided a brighter holiday with personal gifts, breakfast goodies and loads of holiday spirit. We welcome volunteers and groups to help with this! If interested, contact Ryan for more information.
Pajama Project promotes equitable access to healthy sleep so all children can thrive. Sleep is as important for children's development as proper nutrition and exercise. Pajama Project provides children with the materials, information, and support they need to have Good Nights for Good Days. Women United, along with the local originators for this area, combined to gather a total of 2,194 pair of pajamas from 30 participating schools, businesses, and groups. After sorting them by size and gender, they were able to deliver them to 20 community agencies.
Women United continued to fulfill their mission of supporting the needs of our community, focusing on women & children, though like so many others, it was done virtually. They gathered socially distanced, to assemble over 450 Literacy Kits to be delivered to the Judy Centers ( early learning centers ) in all four counties. These kits included everything from write on/wipe off boards and foam building blocks, to foam letters and primer books! All items were made to help create a bond between child and parent as they supported the earliest learning done in the home.
Women United partnered with the Emerging Leaders and Salisbury University Student United Way to provide support to Chipman Elementary through the Adopt-A-School program created by Kindness SBY. Women United provided puzzles for the breakroom one month, over 250 personal notes of support another month, and nutritious and fun snacks with wonderful puns attached to them and classroom supplies toward the end of the year.
Anne Street Village Pallet Homes (Annual)
Women United gathered all the items needed for a previously homeless individual to move into on of the "Tiny Homes" being provided by the city of Salisbury. From hand-created curtains to a small refrigerator. In addition to this project, Women United partnered with Piedmont HR Directors from across the country who gathered in Salisbury for training and put together one large travel bag for each individual that will move into a home. These included all of the needed personal items from shampoo to paper, pen and even a blanket and poncho. Each of these bags also included a note of encouragement for the new resident.
As part of our relationship with our Read to Succeed schools we join in the annual Trunk-or-Treat event held around the Halloween holiday.