When women UNITE, our community is stronger. Join the Women United movement!
No one understood the power of women to effect change better than Frances Wisebart Jacobs, founder of the nation’s first United Way 125 years ago. That philanthropic spirit is alive and well right here in Maricopa County, thanks to Valley of the Sun United Way’s Women United.
Inspiring and connecting philanthropic Women to equip our community for success.
Preparing every child for success
"We are philanthropists, volunteers, and leaders within our community."
"We are problem-solvers, hand-raisers, and game-changers."
"We lead the charge and inspire change."
"We mobilize the power of women to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community."
"We have gone after some of our community’s toughest challenges: Poverty and Food Insecurity."
"We have partnered with others to identify new solutions to these old problems, including Breakfast in the Classroom and WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks."
"We work with United Way and our community partners to turn potential solutions into action."
"It’s not easy, but Women United does not give up. Ever."
"We are committed to helping children get a strong start in life so that they are equipped for success in school, work, and life."
"Women United faces our future fearlessly, with determination, no matter the obstacles that come our way."
"We invite you to join us. Invest in our efforts. Become part of our Team."
"With you, we are Women United."
— Jenny Holsman Tetreault and Latasha Causey, Co-Chairs of Women United and the We Are United Luncheon
As a valued member of Women United, you'll:
Members give an annual gift of $1,000 designated to one of Valley of the Sun United Way's community objectives. The Working Poor Tax Credit* or the Step Up Program, which is a $500 gift in year one, $750 in year two and $1,000 in year three are also options for participation with membership engagement on day one.
* Direct up to $800 to United Way’s Helping the Working Poor Fund. HWP Fund contributions may qualify for the Credit for Contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations. Taxpayers filing as “single” and “head of household” status may claim a maximum credit of $400; taxpayers filing as “married filing separate” may claim a maximum credit of $400; taxpayers that file as “married filing joint” may claim a maximum credit of $800. Consult your tax advisor.
Supporting children with the nutrition they need to succeed in school is a cause we all can get behind. Here are the key programs that Women United members champion.
Jennifer Holsman Tetreault
Dr. Melanie Abts
Rio Salado College
Bobbie J. Fox
CopperPoint Insurance Companies
Ernst & Young
Bank of Arizona
Circle the City
Naoma Gault Holmes
Desert Financial Credit Union
Lovitt & Touche Inc.
Goodmans Interior Structures
Get to know Leslie Lewis, a Women United Steering Committee member who started her journey with United Way as a member of Generation United. Leslie is a champion for all things Women United and we are grateful for her community leadership!
Get to know Mary Contreras, a Women United member who supports our cause by sponsoring the Community Leadership Breakfast each year. Mary runs Mary Contreras State Farm Agency, is passionate and driven, and embodies the spirit of Women United!
Get to know Paris Davis, our newest Women United Steering Committee Member and active volunteer. Paris is the Senior Vice President, Northwest Arizona Retail Division Manager with Washington Federal Bank.