What We Do
Together, we can create a better community for all of us by helping women and families on the path to financial security and ensuring that children are prepared for the future. Here's how:
The Women’s Leadership Council raises awareness and revenue to support children succeeding in school and families being financially secure. When families are financially secure, health outcomes improve, children do better in school and communities are stronger.
Helping Families Succeed
The Women’s Leadership Council focuses on ensuring women and their families have the tools they need to be financially secure — the skills to land jobs and advance in their careers, to make the most of their hard-earned dollars, reduce debt and save for the future. We work with school leaders and nonprofit partners to offer adult financial education services at the Family Financial Centers at Alfred E. Burr Community School and John C. Clark Elementary and Middle School, two of Hartford’s Community Schools.
Did You Know?
- Women represent 48 percent of Connecticut’s workforce.
- More women than men earn the minimum wage or less.
- 22 percent of female headed families in Connecticut live below the poverty line.
Since 2011 The Women's Leadership Council has helped change lives by:
- Opening Hartford’s first school-based family financial centers.
- Providing services such as financial education workshops and one-on-one coaching to more than 125 individuals.
- Enrolling participants in matched savings accounts to help them achieve personal financial goals such as education, job training, housing or transportation.
Launching Power of the Purse - luncheon, silent auction and networking event
held annually in June. In 2014, more than 222,000 was raised to go to the Family Financial Centers in Hartford to benefit local women and families.
What Are The Family Financial Centers?
The Family Financial Centers are an innovative approach to providing women and families in our community with access to free financial education so they may work towards becoming financially secure. Services available to parents and neighborhood residents living near the Family Financial Centers include credit, banking and budget workshops; one-on-one coaching to achieve financial goals; and tools to help families save. Women who participate in the program have an opportunity to participate in a matched savings program to support their goals of saving for education, job training, housing, and transportation or to reduce medical debt. Bilingual English-Spanish services are available.
Why Are Family Financial Centers Located at Community Schools?
Community Schools are ideal locations for families. The schools already serve as community hubs, bringing essential resources and services to the neighborhood, including educational, cultural, health and social services. The integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.The work of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and partners adds adult financial education programs to the array of services already offered at our community school partners.
Read More Testimonials:
" Budgeting my money was something I learned how to do. "
I thought I was budgeting but I didn't actually know how. Knowing that I see my coach monthly also allows me to pay attention to my spending.- Kerry-Ann Campbell, 24-year-old college student, works two jobs. She came into the family Financial Center for help with saving for a study Abroad program offered at her school.
WLC Volunteer Education Initiative
Do you remember your favorite children’s book? Perhaps it is a book you read as a child or maybe a book you have enjoyed reading to a granddaughter, a nephew, or your own child. Children who have access to books are more likely to succeed in school and in life. Children who have caring adults that bring stories to life and make reading fun are more likely to develop a love of books to last a lifetime. Reading on grade level by the end of third grade is the most important predictor of on-time high school graduation. That’s why United Way and its partners work to ensure the success of all children.
United Way creates opportunities for children to have bright futures and for caring volunteers to make a difference in our community. Last year, our United Way mobilized more than 300 United Way Readers, volunteers to help children learn to read early on in life. Now, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council is joining with community partners to help young children build the literacy and social skills they need to succeed now and in the future. We encourage you to please join us in this community-wide effort that will benefit all of us.
United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council will have opportunities for you to get involved and improve the lives of children and families in our community. If you are interested in learning more about United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council: