Women’s Initiative

Strengthening Girls, Empowering Women


Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts is a volunteer-based women’s group whose mission is to ignite positive change for girls through philanthropy and women’s leadership.

Working with volunteer committees of community leaders, the Women’s Initiative engages hundreds of members and donors to support programs that improve and empower the lives of adolescent girls in Central Massachusetts. Our goal is to reduce the incidence of violence affecting girls ages 10-14 through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy.

Making a Difference for Girls

Anna, a 7th grader at the Sullivan Middle School, joined the Girls on the Run program even though she was nervous and didn’t know anyone in the group. In the beginning she was quiet and reserved. As she became more comfortable, Anna started to participate more and become friendly with the other girls. She grew to understand that she could push her body to run a little further, move her feet a little faster, and voice her opinion a little stronger. At the end of the program, Anna had the highest attendance rate, the fewest amount of academic and behavior issues, and was the first to cross the finish line of the 5K culmination run. She felt that she got to be a part of something and belong.

The Girls on the Run program is just one of twelve Central Massachusetts programs that the Women’s Initiative funded in 2017-2018 which inspire adolescent girls to build their confidence, share their voice, and empower them to be leaders. These programs wouldn’t be possible without support from the Women’s Initiative and its members.


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Join this network of individuals who invest in girls in Central Massachusetts. Become a member, donate, join a committee, volunteer, or attend an event – there are many ways to get involved!

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