About Us

Women’s Initiative of United Way’s mission is to mobilize and network women to become leaders, philanthropists and advocates on issues concerning women and children. We do this through professional development, networking and community impact-centered events that help educate women on our community’s needs while connecting them with opportunities to see the need and create a direct impact.

Our membership is comprised of more than 500 passionate women dedicated to driving positive change in our community. Together, with our time, talents and treasures, we are creating a stronger, more supportive community for women and children.


Membership Benefits

When you join Women’s Initiative of United Way, you are connected to hundreds of local women who are passionate champions of community change. In addition, members get exclusive access and free or discounted tickets to our signature events including:

  • Pursuing Inspiration: An annual event featuring nationally renowned women leaders meant to educate and inspire us while raising money for our signature program(s).
  • Women in Leadership: An annual event bringing together a diverse panel of local women leaders to share their personal and professional stories.
  • W.I.N.E. Downs: Women’s Initiative Networking Events providing opportunities to connect with other women and learn more about the partners and programs your United Way gift supports.

As a member of Women’s Initiative of United Way, there are also multiple leadership and volunteer opportunities available through our Board and committees to provide additional avenues to get further involved and advocate for positive community change. Join Women’s Initiative by donating $250 or more to United Way.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Did you know 2 out of 3 children in Lucas County are not ready for kindergarten? Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) mails a free, age-appropriate book every month to children from birth to age five. In cooperation with this program, Women’s Initiative and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library have worked together to provide over 10,000 Lucas County children with 300,000 free books to better prepare local children for school. In October 2021, Women’s Initiative transitioned Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Lucas County to the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, through this transition the program will be able to grow faster and serve more children. Read more about the impact of the program on our United Way Change Maker Blog and download our 1-page flyer to share with others about the program’s impact. Click here to register your child.


Thank you to our 2021-2022 Sponsors