Women United Spotlight: Amber Harker
Welcome to Women United’s Member Spotlight series. This week, join us in learning more about Amber Harker and her connection to Women United. If you would like to learn more about Women United and the work they do, click here.
What year did you join Women United?
I actually heard about Women United earlier this year, and I jumped at the opportunity to attend the informational meetings. I’m very glad I did so!
What is your professional background?
I am a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan and am currently working as a Writer/Analyst at Wolters Kluwer in the State Tax Division. I have been in my current role for the past 10 years.
What inspired you originally to be a part of Women United?
I have always been drawn to volunteering to help serve my community. I was inspired to join Women United because of the mission, and also because of the opportunity to develop new friendships with like-minded people who also love to give back.
What does early childhood education mean to you?
Early childhood education is so important for many reasons, as we all know. The thought of children not being afforded the opportunity to just be on an even educational playing field due to income or geographical disparities (or other factors) is just not acceptable. Getting children reading and ready for school early is so critical to their trajectory in the future, and I am happy to be a part of a group that wants to see all children succeed.
What has surprised you most about being involved in Women United?
I really love the “no pressure” aspect of the group when it comes to attending social or volunteering events. I’m sure we would all attend everything if we were able! With having a full-time career and a two-year old, it’s very refreshing to be in a group that encourages you to do what you can when time permits.
What does Women United mean to you?
Women United means having a strong group of women who are generous of time and spirit, and who aim to improve the lives of the children in the community. It’s also a great way to foster new relationships and have some fun in the process!
What would you say to a woman who is interested in becoming a member of Women United?
I would highly encourage anyone interested in becoming a member to come to an informational meeting to learn more! The members have been warm and welcoming, and there are so many opportunities for different social, volunteering, and fundraising events. It’s a great way to both give back and have a good time!
Women United has periodic informational meetings, called Wine & Learns. The next Wine & Learn is on August 21, 2018 from 6-7:30 PM in Libertyville at a member’s home. Interested? Contact Diana Nielander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Women United on Saturday, August 4 for their Booze, Bites, Beats & Bingo Fundraiser from 7-10 PM. For more information, either click here to see the event page or contact Diana Nielander at email@example.com.