Women United reward new homeowners


Approximately 30 Women United participants prepared baskets for Project Welcome Home. The baskets will be donated to the women in United Way’s Individual Development Account program and Habitat Humanity.

The baskets contained toilet bowl brushes, toilet bowl cleaner, tissue, garbage cans, bleach wipes, oven mitts, all-purpose cleaner, aluminum foil, household cleaning gloves, hand towels, dish rags, paper towels, floor cleaner, tools and other items for first time homeowners.

The service project brought out current Women United members and women interested in the organization, which filled the room with smiles and enthusiasm as the women sought to do work and better understand the service opportunities Women United offer. “This is my first time volunteering with United Way,” said Rebecca Champney, Deloitte Financial Consulting. “I’m excited for the opportunities this will bring.”

The idea of contributing to tangible service projects touched many of the women given that homeownership is a dream universally embraced as a monumental achievement. “I think this is a great idea,” said Nancy Clevenger, Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors. “This project really spoke to my heart. When you move into a new house it’s nice to get something new and fun.”

Nancy Clevenger, right, Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors, and Rebecca Champney, Deloitte Financial Consulting, filled one of the baskets during the Women United service project on June 14.

Women United is a community of women giving at the leadership levels of $1,000 or more each year to United Way of Central AL. Its mission is to inspire, educate and motivate women to become positive change-agents within the community through philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism.

Central Alabama’s Women United is one of 160 across the globe. Almost 70,000 women leaders are working through United Way to build stronger communities. Over the past decade, this critical community within United Way has driven explosive growth, by well over doubling the total number of women engaged, and nearly tripling total fundraising since its inception.

United Way of Central Alabama serves Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties by providing solutions for the most important needs in the community. Through our partner agencies and community initiatives, we improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources. To learn more about United Way’s impact in your community visit www.uwca.org.