Women United: Volunteerism, Education and Networking

Ann Ray, Julie Smith and Taylor Foss Women United: Making Connections That Count

When you become part of Women United, you have a unique opportunity to connect with influential women at events, both social and volunteer and make a direct impact on issues that families in Asheville and Buncombe County face. Together, we focus on supporting students, their families, and communities through Community Schools. Ultimately, we’d like to see all students have a successful experience while in middle school and go on to graduate from high school. Locally, more than 200 members have contributed close to $300,000 to support and strengthen the lives of students and their families in Asheville and Buncombe County. 
Women United provides unique experiences and opportunities to support members in developing strong relationships among each other and within the community.

Engaged in Community. Women United Initiatives in Asheville and Buncombe County:

VOLUNTEERISM - Get involved in the community in meaningful and impactful ways. Women United supports the work of Community Schools in two important ways:

  • Homework Diners - Weekly homework help and healthy meals for students, families and community members in four school districts. Eventually, we will host special Women United run Homework Diners, but in the meantime, you can still get involved. Learn more and sign up to get involved.
  • Resource Room/Crisis Closet Support-Accessible spaces providing food and clothing to families in need within local middle schools. Women United members set up, organize and help maintain these rooms as part of United Way's Community Schools work. Learn more about Community Schools.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS - Take a deeper dive into pertinent issues. See upcoming events below.

NETWORKING SOCIALS - These events provide everyone an opportunity to connect with other engaged women in our community.

Want more information about Women United? We'd love to hear from you and follow-up to connect via phone or in-person. Learn more about the Membership Experience.

Laura Elliot and Lakesha McDay

2019 Events (2020 listing coming soon)

  • Wednesday, April 24th: Webb Investments Lunch & Learn (Value Investing and Women in Philanthropy), 12:00 P.M – 1:30 P.M. @ Lenoir Rhyne University
  • Wednesday, May 22nd: Women United Social – Ambrose West, 5:30 P.M – 7:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, October 24th: Women United Social – TBD
  • Wednesday, December 11th: Women United Book Drive Gift Wrapping Party, TBD

Please contact kris.dionne@unitedwayabc.org or call (828) 239-1048 if you would like to host or sponsor a Women United event.

Women United Executive Committee

Jenny Boyer and Beth Benzing

Jenny Boyer, Co-Chair, Ward and Smith, P.A.
Ashley Smith, Co-Chair, Dixon-Hughes Goodman
Ann Ray, Mission Health
Ashley Gragtmans, Parsec Financial
Lynne Froeba, Farm Girl Foodie
JoAnn Yoder, Brumit Restaurant Group
Lauri Nichols, District Wine Bar
Latrella McElrath, HomeTrust Bank
Elizabeth Allen, Mission Health
United Way Staff: Kris Dionne



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