Women United

Women United is a local force of women that raises millions of dollars every year to help change the odds for women and children in our community – and we’re just getting started.

Together, we can and will create lasting change to lift up Hampton Roads.

Established in 2002


750+ Members


$7.5MM Endowment Fund


$1.7MM Raised Last Year




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Women United is a group of more than 750 women in Hampton Roads who are committed to helping women and children reach their potential. We serve this community, so your money and your efforts have local impact. We help women and children move out of crisis and into self-sufficiency. Our members strive to ignite change and make a difference.

Members give $1,000+ annually (or $42/paycheck) to become a member. You can make your contribution by clicking below or contact Sherri Stein at sstein@unitedwayshr.org or 757.853.8500 ext. 106 for more information.


  • Be part of a community of like-minded women who contribute their personal passions, best ideas and unique strengths to our mission.
  • Volunteer in our community with your family and alongside other members looking to create change.
  • Collaborate with key business and community leaders at exclusive events.
  • Learn more about critical issues impacting our community.

Join Women United

Women United is a diverse, passionate membership dedicated to eliminating barriers women and children face in their journey to escape poverty and achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

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Thank you for your generous donation to United Way of South Hampton Roads.

The United Way Team

Upcoming Events


The Women United Fall Luncheon is going virtual!

In this 45-minute long virtual experience, members and women interested in learning more are invited to join us for exciting updates on our work and to learn more about our plans as we move forward.

New for 2020! Help decide how we will invest $50,000 into our community!

Now, more than ever, our community needs us. Make your pledge for 2021 by Thursday, October 1 and you’ll receive a virtual ballot at the Fall Luncheon to help decide where $50,000 in grant funding goes.

Stay tuned for details on how to submit your pledge before the event.

About Women United


Women United impacts the lives of women and children right here in our community. Our two-generational approach tackles multiple issues facing at-risk women and their families with the goal of moving them out of crisis and into self-sufficiency.

Our nationally-recognized network of women philanthropists unite year after year in an ongoing effort to bring groundbreaking solutions that improve lives. Our $7 million endowment is the largest of its kind in the country, thanks in part to our 10 for 10 program, which challenges 10 women each year to invest $10,000 in breaking barriers for women and children.

Additionally, we’ve helped launch transformative initiatives based in research and best practices to create change in our community. In 2012, we launched United for Children to align community resources around the success of our children. This year, we are funding a pilot program that introduces an innovative model called Mobility Mentoring®, which uses a proven coaching model to move families toward financial stability.

To learn more about Women United, download our 2018 Annual Report.


Board of Directors


Jane Short

2019 Chair | Waypoint Advisors


Terry Blevins

Dominion Enterprises (ret.)


Joanna Brumsey

Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer


Ashley Dorroh Galler

Summit Group of Virginia


Megan Padden

Optima Health (ret.)

Kelly Till

Virginia Media

Charity Anderson

Sentara Healthcare


Mary Blunt

Women United Global Leadership Council | Sentara Healthcare


Dr. Bebe Edmonds

Tidewater Skin Care

Alison Bohan Johnson

Reed + Associates Marketing

Erin Ruane

Dominion Enterprises

Cheryl Xystros


Valerie Arias

Community Leader

Amy Bowden

Amy C. Bowden CPA LLC

Ginny Fogg

Norfolk Southern

Sandra Porter Leon

Tidewater Community College


Elizabeth Shumadine

United Way Foundation Trustee | Sentara Healthcare


“I am constantly inspired by women who put their intelligence and resources to work to improve their communities. Women United provides a platform for both advocacy and action. I am proud of the accomplishments of this impassioned group of women.”
Jane Short

2019 Women United Chair

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