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Women United is a diverse, vibrant community of visionaries and change makers bound together by a powerful sense of belonging—to one another, to our community and to our mission of transforming the lives of women in Peel, Toronto and York Region who are living in poverty.

Together, we leverage our time, talents and funds to empower women in our community to build strong, independent lives. United we are stronger. Together we can create a world full of opportunity for all women.

Because you are ready to speak up, take action and move the needle for women facing poverty here at home.

Because you want to connect with a group of innovative and inspiring women just like you.

Because you know that behind every great woman are the women who have her back.

Mentorship. Commitment. Leadership. Empowerment.

Mission in Action

Women United members have the talent, expertise and networks necessary to make a real difference. Working closely with United Way, we take a hands-on approach. In 2017, we raised $1.4 million to support 15 programs for women and their families across Peel, Toronto and York Region, including:

Fred Victor The Women’s Bakery

This is a social enterprise, providing women facing multiple barriers—such as mental-health challenges, underdeveloped language skills and poverty—with culinary training and paid employment for six months.

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto’s Aboriginal Women’s Empowerment Through Education

This employment program helps Indigenous women earn a college certificate in office administration. It also provides them with wraparound supports, including meals, transportation, childcare and job-search training.

Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office’s Career Education and Training for Women Program

This program supports internationally trained women living in inner-suburban neighbourhoods to identify and achieve their career goals. They’ll gain in-demand skills that they can either use in the workplace or to start their own small enterprise.

$1.4M

The money raised by Women United in 2017, a testament to the power of women when they unite in a common cause.

Gicela

“It’s so inspiring to connect with people—especially women of different ethnicities and backgrounds—who have achieved success across so many sectors. As an immigrant, I once felt like I didn’t fit in, that I wasn’t enough. The Women United mentors have opened my eyes to new possibilities.” — Gicela, Women United mentee

Sarah

“My job makes me feel independent and lets me stay actively involved in the community. I think my next step is to go to school so I can tell my daughter I went to university and encourage her to go, as well.” — Sarah, client of Native Child and Family Services

15

The number of programs funded in 2017, providing opportunities for women to build strong social and economic futures.

Membership

Women United combines the strength of generous, savvy and accomplished women who are dedicated to building stronger communities. Our members have the talent, expertise and networks necessary to make a real difference.

Membership Benefits

Influencers (pledge of $1,200 or more per year)

  • Recognized in our membership directory
  • Receive updates on our work through quarterly newsletters
  • Invited to events with passionate, like-minded women
  • Opportunities to connect with the programs and women you support

Advocates (pledge of $5,000 or more per year)

  • As above, plus...
  • Invited to a networking event just for Advocates and Visionaries
  • Opportunity to participate on Women United volunteer committees

Visionaries (pledge of $10,000 or more per year)

  • As above, plus...
  • Entered into pool of women profiled as community leaders
  • An exclusive event, just for you.

What would you say to a woman who's considering joining Women United?

“It is important to give back as soon as you have something to give even if that something to give is small. While philanthropy is usually seen in people’s eyes in terms of large endowments and funds, contributions can be small and can include time as well as money. Look at what you care most about and find something you love to do and the giving becomes easy. Be strategic about your giving no matter how large or small the dollars or investment of time.

And I would encourage anyone who is interested in being part of Women United to be reach out to us and consider becoming a member. We need role models for women and to hear women’s voices in the growing number who exert power and influence in the way they give. Not to sidestep recognition but look to give in ways that make a difference. Women increasingly have the means and the will to invest philanthropically in our community. Please consider Women United as part of that investment in our community.”

Godyne Sibay
Former Co-Chair Women Gaining Ground (now Women United)
Regional Managing Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

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