Women United is a network of like-minded women who inspire and motivate others through philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism. Members mobilize the caring power of women as they work to improve the Health and Wellness, Education, and Financial Stability of individuals & families in Buffalo & Erie County. 
A powerful philanthropic force, Women United also facilitates conversations and initiatives with the goal of promoting equity and empowerment for women - at work and at home.


Women United members donate $500 or more annually to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Gifts can be made as a one-time donation or spread out throughout the year (weekly, monthly, quarterly). 

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They say deals are made on the golf course and Women United wanted to make sure that the women in our community were a part of them! Gateway to Golf offers golf beginners lessons as part of Get Golf Ready, while experienced foursomes can hone their skills as part of the 9-Hole Scramble.

Join Women United members as we aim to empower and inspire women in the sport of golf, while also having plenty of fun!


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first annual breakfast & panel discussion

wednesday, march 8, 2023 @ burchfield penney art center

Women United sold out their first event to celebrate the power of women giving back at their First Annual Breakfast & Panel Discussion at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. A casual, intimate breakfast and mingling were followed by a panel discussion featuring local leaders who have advanced their careers through a commitment to community. 

Our panelists included women in different points in their careers, who come from different industries and backgrounds, all with diverse volunteering and philanthropic experiences. We were excited to celebrate International Women's Day with an inspiring group of panelists and to have United Way's new President & CEO, Trina Burruss, moderate the discussion. 

Panelists included:

Paulette Crooke - Retired Banking Executive

Kawanza Humphrey - Chief Human Resources Officer, VyStar Credit Union

Anna Stolzenburg - Director of Social Media & Content, Pegula Sports Entertainment


Women United members are able to take advantage of unique volunteering opportunities year-round!

  • WNY Girls In Sports - Help empower young girls through the power of sports at our bi-annual Girls In Sports event. Read more ...
  • Community Baby Shower - Collect and pack baby bundles for new mothers in-need at our annual Community Baby Shower Packing Party.
  • Family Volunteer Day - Bring the whole family and tackle a large-scale volunteer project, like meal packing for local food pantries.

Women united advisory board

Bernadette Aja
Community Volunteer
Tricia Barrett
Crowley Webb 
Jamie Batt
Rupp Baase
Maggie Best
Tania Castillo
Chavuanne Cousins
M&T Bank
Nancy Cox
The Bonadio Group
Laura Dolan
Bank of America
Rashida Dowell
M&T Bank
Lillian Finch
Community Volunteer
Jasmine Foster
Buffalo State
Nickole Garrison
Garrison Murphy Wealth Management, LLC
Gretchen Geitter
Buffalo Bills
Nina Heard
General Motors
Leigh Hunt Farah
Patty Kaminski
Wegmans Food Markets
Emily Kuch
Merril Lynch
Mary Kate Loftus
Impressia Bank
Althea Luehrsen
Leadership Buffalo
Jennifer Majeski
Holly McFadyen
Community Volunteer
Michele Mehaffy
Wegmans Food Markets
Jeannie Parent
The Buffalo News
Stephanie Peete
Say Yes
Paula Quesinberry
Community Volunteer
Colleen Reedy
SUNY Empire State College
Catherine Roberts
Community Action Organization
Mimi Schanzlin
Goldman Sachs
Rupa Shanmugam
SoPark Corporation
Tina Stenhouse
Community Volunteer
Kayleigh Terranova
Alison Wilcox
Girl Scouts of WNY
Robin Wolfgang


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