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Women United


Women United

Purpose: To unite women and demonstrate their power to effect positive change as philanthropists, role models, mentors and leaders.

Local Vision: To build a stronger community by promoting literacy and lifelong learning.

Women United  is a group where, regardless of age and background, women can come together to impact the lives of those in York County through volunteer projects, mentoring and hands-on leadership. Women in York County who currently contribute to United Way of York County and fall into the Membership Criteria (listed below) are invited to join this group of women.  




See photos from our May breakfast!

Thanks to the 90+ members and guests who joined us on May 16 for Lifelong Learning: Women In Business, a breakfast event with Lynne Breil of The Professional Edge. Slightly different from our standard Interviews With Inspiring Women format, this interactive event with Lynne provided food for thought on the 7 Deadly Sins of 21st Century Business Behavior — even with a few collective groans and plenty of laughter sprinkled in.

CLICK HERE to view photos from the morning.



Help us suppport #yorkreads initiatives in York County! 
Women United strives to build a stronger community by promoting literacy and lifelong learning. In May 2018, a Little Free Library was installed at the Bob Hoffman Branch of the YMCA of York and York County, in Dover. Supported by Women United members, the library is just one of United Way of York County's #yorkreads initiatives, which offer an additional outlet to distribute age-appropriate books to children and families who may otherwise not have access, and to encourage reading in the home.
At each Women United event, look for the table set up to collect new and gently used books that will support this Little Free Library, and help us to create more opportunities for reading!

Volunteer with Women United

On Friday, June 21, Women United is participating in Day of Action, York's largest single-day volunteer event, by painting fences for the third year at Able-Services. Come early for coffee at Leg Up Farmer's Market at 8 a.m., then join the group for the project from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are also invited to the United Way Day of Action picnic at John C. Rudy County Park, with lunch, games and giveaways from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Give a bit of your time and elbow grease, and spend the morning giving back! Members, friends and family are all welcome.

Register in advance by emailing Volunteer Committee Chair Sandy King, or Committee Member Mary Thomas.

Past Volunteer Projects
Women United got into the holiday spirit at The Salvation Army on December 18 & 19 to wrap gifts for the organization's Christmas Cheer project. Thanks to generous donations and the hard work of volunteers, 1,667 children in York County will have a gift to unwrap for the holidays. Check out photos of Women United and of Emerging Leaders Society members pitching in.
Women United was also thrilled to participate in United Way of York County's 2018 Day of Action, York’s largest single-day volunteer event, by painting the fence at Able-Services! Nearly 20 individuals made quick work of the project, which was a great opportunity for members and friends to better get to know one another. Thank you to all who joined us. Check out photos from the Women United project and many of the other 76 projects from Day of Action.

2018 Annual Membership Meeting

Women United gathered for its Annual Membership Meeting on October 17 at the Country Club of York, for food, cocktails, and to hear from organizations who support our local vision of building a stronger community through literacy and lifelong learning. Thank you to our panelists from Family First Health, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, and New Hope Ministries, and to all who attended!

Membership Criteria
  • Currently contribute $500 or more annually to the United Way of York County, or
  • Pledge to step up my gift to reach $500 annually within 3 years, or
  • Become a new contributor and agree to step up to $500 annually within 3 years.



2019 Women United Steering Committee

Christi Brown, Chair, WellSpan Health

Angie Hartman, Vice Chair, OSS Health

Andrea Bledsoe, Print-O-Stat

Kim Brenner-Zirkle, York Academy Regional Charter School

Vickie Chronister, York Traditions Bank

Natalie Fuhrman, Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP

Deb Goodling-Kime, Community Volunteer

Jennifer Hitz, Leg Up Farm

Sandra King, Glatfelter Insurance Group

Deb Messersmith, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company

Melissa Pierce, WellSpan Health

Dottie Rohrbaugh, Community Volunteer



Thank you to our Title Sponsor, WellSpan Health:


Thank you to Glatfelter Insurance Group, OSS Health, PeoplesBank, Print-O-Stat, and York Traditions Bank for being 2019 Presenting Sponsors:




For additional information about Women United, please contact Sarah Chain at 717.771.3820 or via email at