Women United


Women United harnesses the power and dedication of women leaders to transform local communities. We are a diverse, vibrant community, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging - to each other, to  our mission, and to the communities we call home.


Since 2016, United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties has celebrated local female leaders at our annual Women United breakfast. This event has grown over the last several years, and we are excited to share that Women United has evolved into a network offering various engagement opportunities for women in Kankakee and Iroquois counties throughout the year. Through Women United, we seek to bring women together to further advance the mission of United Way to improve the lives of women and girls through fundraising events, service projects, and social opportunities.


  • You'll be a part of a community of women who contribute their personal passions, best ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building strong communities.
  • Volunteer within our community alongside others looking to create change.
  • Network and collaborate with key business and community leaders at exclusive events.
  • Learn more about critical issues impacting our community.
  • Advocate for key community issues at the local and state level.


Women United Breakfast 2023

The 7th Annual Women United Breakfast took place at Gathering Point in Bourbonnais, Illinois on International Women's Day, March 8, 2023. The Breakfast, in tandem with the Power of the Purse kickoff event in January, raised over $28,000 for programs serving women and girls in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. Thank you to all who attended and helped to make this event a success!



EmpowHER Hour Events

Join us for an upcoming fun, casual network hour with Women United. These events are open to both women who are interested in joining Women United and current Women United members. Meet other local women and learn more about Women United!

  • Roze Boutique | Friday, April 7 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM 

  • The Well - Manteno | Wednesday, July 12 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

  • Grapes & Hops | Friday, October 13th | 4:00 – 5:00 PM



Recapping Our Last Kindness Project: Storytime with Success by 6 Coalition and Women United

This October 2022 marched the launch of our Storytime with Success by 6 Coalition and Women United. Women United members volunteered to read 'My Voice is a Trumpet' by Jimme Allen to 38 students and then completed an activity to help the children describe what their voice is like. Volunteers shared how every person has a voice that can help empower others.

Thank you to Bourbonnais School District 53 and Kankakee School District 111 for sharing your classrooms with us!



Thank you to our generous 2023 sponsors.


CSL Behring


  First Financial BankIroquois Federal

Are you interested in sponsoring Women United? Contact Melina at womenunited@myunitedway.org.

Women United is led by a group of community volunteers, who represent the community at large. 

Sarah Marion, Kris Harms, Maureen Powell, Sarah Powers, Christy Smith, Mary Thomson, and Amber Turner.


Women United