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


$7M Endowment Fund


$1.7M 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.

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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 The United Way of South Hampton Roads.

The United Way Team

Upcoming Events


February 2, 2019

Volunteer to feed the hungry at the 8th Annual Stone Soup.

January 23 and March 20, 2019

This two-part leadership series event is for members only. Dr. Doris Gomez, Dean of the School of Business and Leadership at Regent University will present: How to Develop Your Transformational & Authentic Leadership Style – Helping Each Other Get There.

April 25, 2019 – The Westin, Virginia Beach Town Center

Join us for the Women United Spring Luncheon to hear an update on Aspire, a Mobility Mentoring-informed partnership.

June 15, 2019

Help us retool the school at Day of Action!

October 17, 2019 – The Main, Norfolk Hilton

You won’t want to miss our biggest event of the year, the Women United 16th Annual Fall Luncheon. Last year we had over 800 women and raised over $1 million!

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 braking 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.


“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

2018 Women United Chair

Board of Directors


Jane Short

2018 Chair | Waypoint Advisors


Mary Blunt

Women United Global Leadership Council | Sentara Healthcare


Virginia Fogg

Norfolk Southern


Megan Padden

Optima Health


Charity Anderson

Sentara Healthcare


Joan Brock

Women United Global Leadership Council | Community Leader


Rebekah Gaines

Becks Management


Elizabeth Shumadine

United Way Foundation Trustee | Community Leader


Valerie Arias

Community Leader


Joanna Brumsey

Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer


Ashley Dorroh Galler

Summit Group of Virginia


Kelly Till

Pilot Media


Terry Blevins

Dominion Enterprises (ret.)


Marianne Dickerson

United Way Board of Directors | Community Leader


Sandra Porter Leon

Community Leader


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