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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June Member of the Month!

Shirley Jane Williams, Retired
Shirley Jane Williams is a founding member of Women's Initiative. She has been actively involved in the work since 2003. Shirley is passionate about empowering middle school girls, saying, "I think girls should get all the help they can growing up!!!". Shirley was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, but she is a true world traveler. She was a shepherdess for an Israeli Kibbutz when she was 20, and she worked for Pan American World Airlines for 8 years, where she traveled the world and lived in New York, Hong Kong, and San Fransicso. She even met her husband Peter while skiing in the Austrian Alps!

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by volunteering on my company’s United Way committee.  I am very proud of Unum’s ongoing commitment to our community, especially this year when we had record turnout of volunteers for the Day of Caring and increased giving even with tough economic times.”

- Catherine Foster, Unum

Catherine Foster

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