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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.



Join Women United for a Virtual Gathering!

Women United members and guests are invited to a virtual webinar to hear from some of our fellow members as to how they're adjusting in these new and challenging times — and to gather a little inspiration to keep us going to lead the charge and inspire the change! Moderated by Women United Chair Angie Hartman, the Panel will feature Linda Gorter, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties; Julie Himler, Director of Community Education at YWCA York; and Jen Hitz, Chief Development Officer at Leg Up Farm.

1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 25
The webinar is FREE via Zoom, but registration is required.

CLICK HERE to register.



Event Updates Regarding COVID-19

As we carefully consider the information available about the current COVID-19 outbreak and United Way’s commitment to the safety and health of our community members, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Interviews With Inspiring Women breakfast event scheduled for March 24, our Ladies' Paint Night scheduled for April 2, and our Lifelong Learning breakfast event scheduled for May 14.

We recognize that this is an unprecedented public health situation, and we will continue to monitor changes and provide updates as the situation evolves.

Please contact Sarah Chain at with any questions.



See photos from the 2019 Annual Meeting

Women United members and guests celebrated with our Annual Meeting on November 6, 2019. This celebratory event provided a chance to hear from organizations who support Women United's local vision of building a stronger community through literacy and lifelong learning, with a specific focus this year on early childhood education and the community impact of high-quality, affordable programs, featuring three panelists from United Way's amazing partner agencies: Christy Renjilian, Child Care Consultants; Jennifer Hockensmith, YMCA of York and York County; and Lisa Rumsey, York Day Nursery.

CLICK HERE to view photos.


See photos from our August Interviews With Inspiring Women event

Thank you to all who attended our most recent Interviews With Inspiring Women breakfast event, featuring Edquina Washington! Edquina shared lessons learned from her experiences in community building and servant leadership, as well as stories of some of the mentors that have supported her in her personal and professional life. The event was a great opportunity to encourage women to work together and empower one another.

CLICK HERE to view photos from the event.


See photos from our Lifelong Learning 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. 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!

Women United joins in for Day of Action

On Friday, June 21, 30 Women United members and friends participated in United Way's Day of Action, York's largest single-day volunteer event, by painting fences at Able-Services. Thank you to the women who gave a bit of your time and elbow grease to make an impact for one of our amazing Partner Agencies. Check out photos from the Women United project and 80+ other project sites around York County!


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, more than a thousand children in York County had a gift to unwrap for the holidays. Check out photos of Women United members and friends pitching in.


2020 Women United Steering Committee

Angie Hartman, Chair, Wyndridge Farm

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 

Kim Hackett, VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove 

Elle Hale, Century 21 Core Partners

Jennifer Hitz, Leg Up Farm

Deb Messersmith, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company



Thank you to our 2020 Title 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