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.

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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 2017 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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