United Way of Central Massachusetts

Women's Initiative

Women's Initiative is the premiere women’s leadership and philanthropy group in central Massachusetts.

We build, strengthen, and support the development of healthy, confident, and safe adolescent girls.

We empower girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy.

We create positive change for women and children in our community.

Join us today by donating a minimum of $100.

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October Member of the Month!

Alyson Whalen, Director of Women's Economic Empowerment, YWCA of Central Massachusetts
Alyson Whalen has always been a Worcester native. She grew up attending both private and public schools, and she graduated from South High in 2002. She understands that, as an inner city teenager, having activists and youth workers who dedicate their time and efforts to help is extremely important. As the Director of Women's Economic Empowerment at the YWCA, Alyson oversees the Young Parents Program, Transitional Housing Program, and Girls Choice. She believes in empowering women to achieve their goals and self-sufficiency through the empowerment model.

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by working on my education and working my way up one step at a time with help from the Worcester Youth Center.”

- Hector Rivera

Hector Rivera

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