Women United, United Way of Henderson County’s affinity group for female leadership donors, recently presented four awards to local initiatives that help women and children succeed and become more self-sufficient.
Checks were recently presented to Blue Ridge Literacy Council’s Family Literacy Program in the amount of $1,500, Blue Ridge Health’s School Based Health Center at Apple Valley Middle in the amount of $1,000, Big Brothers Big Sisters in the amount of $1,000, and Hendersonville Elementary School’s PTA in the amount of $500.
“When women join together with their time and resources, we can support our community in a larger way,” said Sherri Holbert, Women United Chair. “The members of Women United are passionate about giving back and making a lasting impact.”
Women United is a United Way initiative that is designed to connect giving and volunteerism. Women United members contribute $1,000 or more annually to United Way of Henderson County or take advantage of a three year Step Up plan. A percentage of member contributions is used for initiatives that empower children and women. Women United’s signature program is GEM (Girls EMpowered), an after-school program for fifth grade girls at Upward and Hillandale Elementary Schools.
“It has been exciting to see the impact that our women are creating,” said Denise Cumbee Long, Executive Director of United Way of Henderson County. “When women get together, our efforts can truly transform our community!”