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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.


Lifelong Learning focuses on mental wellness

Women United welcomed members and guests on May 20 for our Lifelong Learning virtual event, focused on mental health and wellness.

As we've adapted to the many changes of the past year, stress has taken on a whole new life. At home, at work, or while working at home, how can you create a healthy environment for you, your family, and your team — AND maybe even extend yourself some grace and kindness? Mental wellness is a lifelong journey, and we know that what's worked for us in the past to "balance it all" might need a few updates.
We heard from mental health, EAP, and mindfulness experts from YWCA York, WellSpan Health, and TrueNorth Wellness Services, for tangible tips and small practices to help us navigate these changing waters, both in our workplaces and outside of them:
  • Christen Coscia, YWCA York
  • Laura Pepper, TrueNorth Wellness Services
  • Ashley Beaverson, BS, SHRM-CP, WellSpan Health
  • Donna Fimmanco, MS, WellSpan Health

CLICK HERE to watch a recording!


Interviews With Inspiring Women features advice to be yourself
Thank you to the Women United members and guests who joined us on March 23 for our Interviews With Inspiring Women virtual event, featuring Natalee Colón, VP of Human Resources at The York Water Company.
Natalee shared her mantra of "Do good and be good to others" and how she tries to live by grace, not perfection as a woman leader. Thanks to Natalee's openness and vulnerability, the morning provided encouragement to be true to yourself, even when you're feeling insecure, and to always, always support other women!
CLICK HERE to watch a recording!
Thank you to our event sponsor:

Help us support #yorkreads initiatives in York County!
Women United strives to build a stronger community by promoting literacy and lifelong learning. We currently support two Little Free Libraries, at the Bob Hoffman Branch of the YMCA of York and York County in Dover, and at Golden Connections Community Center in Red Lion. The libraries are just one of United Way of York County's #yorkreads initiatives, which offer additional outlets to distribute age-appropriate books to children and families who may not otherwise have access, and to encoruage reading in the home.
In honor of Read Across America Women United held a weeklong book drive March 1-7, 2021, to benefit our Little Free Libraries and United Way of York County's #yorkreads initiatives. Thanks to drop-off sites at United Way of York County, Print-O-Stat, First Capital Federal Credit Union, Brown's Orchards, and CGA Law Firm, our community donated 2,326 books for all ages! Thank you!!
Still want to support these efforts? Check out the #yorkreads Wish List and make a purchase through Amazon.

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.

2021 Women United Steering Committee

Kim Brenner-Zirkle, York Academy Regional Charter School, Chair

Elle Hale, Century 21 Core Partners, Vice Chair

Sonja Comegna, CGA Law Firm

Lisa Duffy, UPMC

Deb Goodling-Kime, Turning Point Counseling & Advocacy Center 

Linda Gorter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties

Melissa Lese, OSS Health

Deb Messersmith, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company

Emily Mink, York Traditions Bank

Mary Thomas, WellSpan Health

Tammy Winters, RKL LLP




Thank you to our 2021 Series Sponsor, WellSpan Health:


Thank you to our 2021 Presenting Sponsors


Thank you to our 2021 Supporting Sponsors




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