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Spring Member Update

Dear Women United Supporters,

The past few months of engagement and impact have been a perfect reflection of how the incredible women in this group show up for themselves and each other, and raise the bar for breaking glass ceilings, driving positive change, and engaging community.

In celebration of International Women’s Day earlier this month, we held our “Night at the Museum” after-hours takeover of The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Members, supporters, and their children gathered to connect with each other and explore one of our community’s most beloved landmarks. The event was a wonderful success and made us excited for all that comes next!

Your dollars bring impact

Wondering how your donations are being put to use? Our community partners are halfway through the current funding cycle and shared updates on their work supporting single mothers and their families:

  • The family coach for MomCore, the whole family coaching program based out of York County Community Action Corporation, introduced two moms enrolled in the program. They are now trading child care between their two families and have become friends.
  • You may already be familiar with Project WIN (Women in Neighborhoods), a longtime Women United-supported program operated by The Opportunity Alliance. The program engages single mothers in a coaching model that uses a two-generation strategy designed to create a pathway out of poverty. Project WIN is getting national recognition for its outcomes in family engagement, emotional/social development, and kindergarten readiness. A paper highlighting the program was released and findings will be shared this month at the Disrupting Poverty conference in Boston. Thank you Women United for leading this impactful work!
  • Mothers Thriving is a flexible six-session class series, group support, and individual coaching opportunity with New Ventures Maine that works with single mothers to help build their confidence, knowledge, skills, and access to resources so they can obtain high wage, in-demand jobs. Getting better paying jobs is a huge step towards lasting financial stability for women. Halfway through the first group series, one mom had a job interview, was able to advocate for herself, and received a job offer that met all her needs.

These outcomes are only possible thanks to support from Women United members like you—thank you!

Volunteer OpportunityBiddeford Ready! School Readiness FairBiddeford Primary SchoolSaturday, April 6 | 9 AM–1 PMVolunteers are needed to help register children for Pre-K and Kindergarten, sign families up to participate in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (and receive free books), and play with children while their parents complete questionnaires and registrations (parents will still be in the room; adults needed to free up brain power for caregivers!). We are looking for three committed volunteers. Please email Alexandra Turnbull at aturnbull@uwsme.org.

Member + Friends EventWomen United RidesRêve Cycling StudioSaturday, April 13 | 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, and 10:30 AM Mark your calendars for Women United Rides at Rêve Cycling Studio (559 Forest Avenue, Portland) on Saturday, April 13. Spin with other supporters and bring friends to learn more about Women United. Classes are $25 and start at 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, and 10:30 AM, with the 10:30 class being led by a Women United member. Registration is not required. (Psst…new to Rêve? Your first class is free!)