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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.  


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.

CLICK HERE to download a Membership flyer.



ICYMI: Lifelong Learning event with Penny Zenker
Wondering where the time in your day goes? Feeling overwhelmed and burned out?

Our latest Lifelong Learning event: "Time Blocking: Seven Steps to Master Time," featured Penny Zenker, international speaker, business coach, and author of the best-selling book “The Productivity Zone.” Presented by Women United and Her Traditions, Penny shared strategies on managing priorities, working from home, and avoiding burnout, as well as her seven-step proven process to help you align your goals, priorities, and actions and make some time for yourself.

Thank you to all who attended! Learn more about Penny at


ICYMI: Interviews With Inspiring Women features Bev Mackereth

If you missed Women United's Interviews With Inspiring Women virtual event, featuring Bev Mackereth, CLICK HERE to watch a recording.

Bev shared great advice on how we as women can use our individual and collective coices to make a different and effect change in areas that we care about, from literacy and education to local government.



Women United Holiday Volunteer Project
Women United members and guests are invited to support The Salvation Army Christmas Cheer project. Although the Salvation Army has chosen not to have gift wrapping available to families, Women United will be collecting wrapping paper and tape, to be distributed so that families have the necessary supplies to wrap their gifts at home. Please email Sarah Chain at to coordinate drop-off at United Way prior to December 11.
Women United joins in for Day of Action
More than 350 items were collected by Women United members and friends in a donation drive for United Way's 2020 Day of Action, benefitting United Way Partner Agency YWCA York and their emergency shelter and victims services program. Although we chose not to host an in-person project as in years past (shout out to 2019 above!), we thank the women who participated and made an incredible impact for one of our amazing Partner Agencies and those they serve.

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. In May 2019, we added another at Golden Connections Community Center in Red Lion! Supported by Women United members, the libraries are 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 these Little Free Libraries, and help us to create more opportunities for reading!


2020 Women United Steering Committee

Angie Hartman, Chair

Andrea Bledsoe, Print-O-Stat

Kim Brenner-Zirkle, York Academy Regional Charter School

Christi Brown, WellSpan Health

Vickie Chronister, York Traditions Bank

Sonja Comegna, CGA Law Firm

Lisa Duffy, UPMC

Deb Goodling-Kime, Turning Point Counseling & Advocacy Center 

Elle Hale, Century 21 Core Partners

Jennifer Hitz, Leg Up Farm

Melissa Lese, OSS Health

Deb Messersmith, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company

Mary Thomas, WellSpan Health




Thank you to our 2020 Series Sponsor, WellSpan Health:


Thank you to our 2020 Presenting Sponsor


Thank you to our 2020 Supporting Sponsors




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