Women United

women united group


Communities need champions who understand their problems, see their potential, and will offer solutions that will make a difference. And change is only possible when there is a vast and organized network that can lift up proven strategies and bring them to our communities.

Women United ignites the power of women – who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done – to create lasting change in their communities.

By joining Women United, you’ll become part of a community of like-minded women who contribute their personal passions, inspired ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building stronger communities.

Women United mobilizes a powerful network of women who strengthen our community through an investment of talent, compassion, and philanthropy. Women United is fighting for women’s health, education and financial stability. 

Member Criteria

Annual household gift of $500 or more to United Way’s Community Impact Fund

Member Benefits

Recognition in the United Way Annual Report (optional)

Exclusive invitations to member events and volunteer opportunities

Additional educational and networking opportunities

Join today by making a donation!


Power of the Purse is an annual event that raises funds to support local women and children.

Since 2015, Power of the Purse has contributed over $330,000 to our causes: the Emergency Shelter for Families and the Power of the Purse Scholarship for women attending Parkland College.


Women United of Champaign County 

Steering Committee Members

Deidra Almaroad

Gianina Baker

Kayla Banks

Julie Dorner

Meg Edwards

Carrie Eisenmenger

Theresa Green

Jacque Schweighart

Brooke Starks

Stephanie Stuart

Get Involved

For questions or more information about joining Women United, please contact Becca Guyette or call 217-352-5151.

Join today by making a donation!

Upcoming Events

Women & Wisdom Unite Seminar: Shelter & Housing in Champaign County

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
4:00pm - 5:15pm
Cocktail hour following event

Stone Creek Event Center
2560 S. Stone Creek Blvd, Urbana IL

No charge to attend this event, but space is limited - please register early.

Click here to register for this event.

The Emergency Shelter for Families has been an initiative supported by Power of the Purse, and now Women United, since its inception. Come hear community leaders discuss all current sheltering, both long and short-term for men, women, and families and learn how we are working to provide sustainable living solutions for families in Champaign County. 


  • Lisa Benson, Community Services Director, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
  • Beverley Baker, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Champaign County
  • Rob Dalhaus, Executive Director, CU at Home
  • David Northern, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Champaign County


Power of the Purse

Mark your calendars for April 30, 2020!
Sponsorship and purse donation information will be available in fall 2019.