Women’s Leadership Council

Lycoming County United Way has joined with the five United Way’s of the Susquehanna River Region in the formation of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), enabling women of the region to join together to advocate human services issues important to them. The objectives of the WLC are detailed below.

 

 

What is United Way Women’s Leadership Council?

The Women’s Leadership Council is an initiative of United Way Worldwide to mobilize the caring power of women throughout the world. Women’s Leadership Councils advance the common good of their communities by making a personal financial commitment, advocating for issues important to them, and taking a leadership role in the work of United Ways. There are more than 125 Women’s Leadership Councils globally.

 

What is the purpose of Women’s Leadership Council of Susquehanna River Region?

The purpose of Women’s Leadership Council of the Susquehanna River Region (also referred to as Women’s Leadership Council, WLC or Council) is to increase funding to the six Susquehanna River Region United Ways by sponsoring projects and/or programs that address a specially designated need of the region. The six Susquehanna River Region United Ways (also referred to Regional United Ways) are Berwick Area United Way, Danville Area United Way, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, Lower Anthracite Region United Way, Lycoming County United Way, and United Way of Columbia County.

 

What specially designated need is Women’s Leadership Council currently addressing?

In conjunction with National Women’s Leadership Council, the current focus of Women’s Leadership Council of Susquehanna River is Early Childhood Literacy. Early Childhood Literacy centers on providing children, from birth to age eight, with enriching instructional and social experiences that enhance their K-12 school experiences and general ability to read, write and communicate effectively throughout their lives.

 

Who are the women in Women’s Leadership Council?

Members of the Women’s Leadership Council comprise all women whose annual giving, solely or with a spouse/partner, to a Regional United Way is $500 or more.

 

What is the makeup of Women’s Leadership Council?

The Women’s Leadership Council consists of a General Membership, an Executive Committee and four Council officers. The General Membership comprises all women whose annual giving is $500 or more to one of the Regional United Ways. The General Membership meets annually. The Executive Committee consists of two women from each Regional United Way. They are solicited from the General Membership by each chief executive officer (CEO) and/or director of one of the Regional United Ways. The Executive Committee meets quarterly to develop and coordinate activities of WLC. Officers of WLC comprise a chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer, who are elected from the Executive Committee. Council officers serve for maximum of two consecutive years from July 1st through June 30th.

 

How are funds raised by Women’s Leadership Council distributed to Regional United Ways?

Funds raised by Women’s Leadership Council are distributed to the Regional United Ways in proportion to what each Regional United Ways raises compared to the total regional fundraising efforts. The Regional United Ways may distribute WLC funds, either separately or collectively, for only those needs or focus specially designated by Women’s Leadership Council.

 

For more information, contact Keri Albright at 570.988.0993 or kbright@svuw.org 

Ms. Albright is Pres & CEO of Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way and WLC Administrative Facilitator/Coordinator