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.

Download the 2014 Women's Initiative Funding Flyer

July 2014 Newsletter

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January Member of the Month!

Renata Lech, US Department of Labor EBSA, Senior Investigator

Renata Lech, a US Department of Labor EBSA Senior Investigator, joined the Women’s Initiative in 2011. She first became involved as a mentor, passing on a wealth of knowledge about finances, gathered from her father, onto young women through the Dollar Scholar Program. She believes in the valuable lessons that young women need to learn in order to make thoughtful and informed decisions.

A good friend gave Renata a poem years ago, that has resonated with her ever since. The Bridge Builder is a story of an old man who has to cross over deep canyon with water running through it. The man crosses the ravine and when he reaches the other side he builds a bridge.

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by working with talented & inspiring women in our community through the Women’s Initiative. Together we make a difference in the lives of local girls.”

- Wendy O’Leary, Women’s Initiative member

Wendy O'Leary

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