United Way of Lake County established Women United in 2006. This small group of committed women developed the first edition of the Success By 6  Kindergarten Readiness Calendar and workbook. Over the years, Women United members have continued their commitment to ensure children living in Lake County’s most vulnerable communities are prepared for kindergarten and ready to succeed through philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism.

In late 2013, Women United of Lake County (WU) was reinvigorated to provide a larger platform for engagement and impact. Since then, WU has become a powerful network of more than 100 women and granted nearly $700,000 to early childhood literacy programs.


Women United is a global movement championed by United Way Worldwide. This global network includes more than 60,000 women in 155 communities across six countries.

These women make up the single most successful organization of its kind, having raised more than $1 billion since its inception in 2002, and affecting worldwide change in real ways. Yet, the contributions of these women leaders go beyond financial donations: they get involved, shake things up and create great change.

We invite you to be part of the solution that’s happening worldwide and in your community. Learn more about how you can be more involved in your local United Way -- and connect with interesting, dynamic women who are making a difference.

Additional Info

To learn more about the Women United, contact Diana Nielander at (847) 775-1056 or Diana.Nielander@uwlakeco.org.

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