Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups

Our United Way Affinity Groups are comprised of passionate and dedicated volunteers who form strong professional networks, raise money and create positive change in targeted segments of our community. By donating $250 to United Way, you can join one, or all, today! If you have already given $250 or more to our organization, please utilize the appropriate contact information below, to see how you can get involved. 

African American Leadership Council

African American Leadership Council of United Way works to improve the areas of education, financial stability and health for African Americans in the Greater Toledo community. 

Member perks include several development opportunities throughout the year, such as our monthly “Lunch with Leaders” seminars and various substantive networking opportunities.

AALC proudly funds Real Men READ-y, a reading program that pairs male African American professionals with African American boys in grades K-1, in an effort to improve literacy and build relationships. Mentors not only serve as reading instructors, but life instructors; providing both educational and emotional support for their mentees. AALC also invests in a minority scholarship program at The University of Toledo, in partnership with the Brother’s on the Rise program.

Join African American Leadership Council

Volunteer to Read to a Child

Emerging Leaders

United Way Emerging Leaders inspires the next generation of philanthropic leaders, strengthening our community through meaningful service, leadership development and networking opportunities for young professionals.

As a member, you can participate in these initiatives and further involve yourself by joining a committee. Helping to plan and lead opportunities for Emerging Leaders is a great way to build strong relationships and give back.

Emerging Leaders have the opportunity to be paired with a Tocqueville Society member, who will serve as their professional mentor.

Join Emerging Leaders

Express your interest to become a Mentee

Tocqueville Society

Tocqueville Society is a group of philanthropic leaders who give their time and a $10,000 annual gift to create long-lasting change for our most serious community issues.

Tocqueville Society proudly supports Schools as Community Hubs, a program that brings educational and health services to local students and families.

Tocqueville members have the opportunity to serve as mentors for our United Way Emerging Leaders, the next generation of philanthropic professionals.

Join Tocqueville Society

Express your interest in becoming a mentor.

Tocqueville Society
Retire United

Retire United

Retire United is an Affinity Group of United Way, designed for retired or near-retired individuals who recognize the importance of philanthropy, and understand the role volunteerism plays in building and strengthening the community.

Through Retire United, individuals can channel their talents and experience to relevant, flexible volunteer opportunities. You can also advocate for the needs of your community, engage with other like-minded retirees looking to make a difference, keep informed on critical issues impacting the Greater Toledo area, and stay connected with your United Way

Retire United helps individuals come together with purpose. Retirement gives one the opportunity to do great things… and perhaps the greatest is helping others.

Join Retire United

Women's Initiative

Women’s Initiative of United Way mobilizes and networks women in our community to become leaders, philanthropists and advocates on issues concerning women and children. 

Joining Women’s Initiative allows you become part of a diverse network of community-minded women striving to make a difference. Members also have the opportunity for further involvement through joining committees to plan and lead our initiatives.

The Women’s Initiative committees and board help steward our premier programs: Imagination Library and WordShop.

Our Imagination Library program delivers a new book every month to local children from birth to age five, at no cost to the family. So far, we’ve delivered thousands of books to local children in our community. Women’s Initiative is also proud to support WordShop; a lively creative writing and visual literacy program, currently housed at the Toledo Museum of Art. 

Join Women's Initiative

Register My Child for Imagination Library

Learn More about WordShop

How to Join

Interested in joining our groups? Contact Jackie Tussing, Affinity Group Manager, at jackie.tussing@unitedwaytoledo.org or 419-254-4677.