Women's Leadership Initiative
Women’s Leadership Initiative
The Women’s Leadership initiative was created in 2011 with the goal to align women’s leadership and philanthropy with an urgent community need. After much research the Steering Committee has chosen the community need of ensuring children’s basic needs (K-4th grade).
WLI offers you a way to make a direct impact. It is an opportunity for you to be involved with a group of powerful, dedicated women who have built an initiative from the ground up.
If you’re a woman looking for a way to make a real difference in Mower County, here’s your unique opportunity. WLI members have a voice in and active role in creating better lives for children. Volunteering, networking and social activities abound.
Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee
Juliana Pena Marconi
Research Behind WLI
Much research went into determining the community need WLI members would focus on. This research entailed community conversations, public school data, census information, state and federal research, etc. Learn more about the steps and process the Steering Committee took and the business plan that formalized the Women’s Leadership Initiative. Read the WLI Business Case 2012
There are many ways to be involved in WLI. We have a number of committees you can serve on and volunteer opportunities centered around Ensuring Children’s Basic Needs. WLI Committee Descriptions
WLI Pledge Card
Now more than ever children of Mower County need a determined group of women to come along side them and change their lives for the better. You are one of those women. WLI Pledge Card
Upcoming WLI Events
The WLI sponsors several events through out the year for members. The events are designed to bring focus to our impact area, encourage membership and strengthen the community through our philanthropic & volunteer efforts. Pencil these dates on your calendar.
WLI Food Drive
Saturday Sept 21st
The Food Drive is an event for members and their families. We will have drop locations around the community and work in conjunction with other community partners to gather donations for the backpack program.
We will have 2 hour shifts at drop locations, crews working to sort through donations, and crews to deliver donations to United Way of Mower County offices. More specific details about drop locations, sign up forms, and schedules will be coming in the next few weeks.
Monday December 2nd
This is just a fun event for members and their friends to gather for some holiday cheer. In addition, if attendees wish they can bring a gift for the personal care closets at WLI sponsored elementary schools.
March Learning Event
March is Women’s History Month and we will be bringing a speaker to Austin. Again, this event is open to members and guests. Specific details will be coming as we continue to work through the details for this event.
Channel One Tours
Are you interested in learning how donated food gets to those in needs and how a regional food bank works? WLI partners with Channel One Food Bank in Rochester for the backpack food. Channel One services all food shelves in the SE MN region. Tours are open to everyone, including children. Tours are limited to 10 people. Contact United Way if you are interested in a tour for more details.
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