WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Join United Way of Greater Duluth's Women's Leadership Council (WLC) and experience a powerful collaboration of women committed to improving the quality of life in the Greater Duluth area. Our goal is to energize and inspire women to make a difference—by advocating for issues important to them, taking a leadership role in advancing United Way's work, and making a personal commitment of time, talent, or treasure.
To inspire, educate and engage a powerful, passionate network of women who strengthen our community through focused investment of their time, talent, and treasure.
Effort of United Way's Women's Leadership Council is focused on improving early childhood care and education. Close to 50% of children in Minnesota are not fully prepared to succeed in school with noticeable differences in readiness where race and socioeconomic factors are considered. Of 50 kindergartners struggling to learn to read, for example, 44 will still be struggling in 3rd grade and fall even further behind after 4th grade, dropping out of high school or not graduating on time. By investing in our youth at an early age, the community sees improved wealth and health through increased tax base, reduced crime, and increased qualified individuals in the workforce. This equates to a stronger community. Learn more about United Way's Success by 6 efforts.
WLC Invests in the Future
WLC actively supports the fundamentals of early childhood through major support of an early literacy program called Imagination Library ~ a free monthly book program offered to all children through age 5 in the Duluth area and up the North Shore. Over 3,400 children are currently enrolled with distribution of over 70,000 books since the program started in August 2008.
Through a special fund raising initiative aptly called Power of the Purse, supporters from across the United States and in the Duluth area donate special, one-of-a-kind, hand made, and designer purses for auction at the annual event. A keynote speaker is chosen each year to inform and enlighten nearly 300 event participants and to draw attention to the importance of early childhood literacy.
So Many Reasons to Join
~ Brings women together to share their interests
~ Offers women opportunities to become engaged
~ Keeps women informed about the needs of our community
~ Educates women about United Way's Community Impact work
~ Recognizes women for their philanthropic and volunteer activities
How to Join
What does it take to become a member of the Women's Leadership Council? It takes passion, commitment and a desire to make a real difference in our community. In addition, we ask that each member join a membership level that suits her preferred level of involvement.
As a member of the WLC, you will share your time and talents with an amazing group of women who not only want to see positive change in the community – they want to create it!
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Women's Leadership Council (WLC) offers multiple opportunities throughout the year for you to get involved. WLC provides opportunities for learning and networking with other women in our community. Learn about our 'Power of the Purse' event.