United Way Women’s Leadership Councils
Welcome from Cynthia Gibson, Chair
I am proud to serve as the Chair of the United Way National Women's Leadership Council (NWLC) and lead the most successful philanthropic network of its kind. Within the last decade, Women’s Leadership Councils (WLC) have joined together to focus on the building blocks for a good life—Education, Income and Health—and have collectively contributed more than one billion dollars to further these efforts.
I invite you to join the NWLC to ensure every child has access to a quality education, starting with the ability to read well by fourth grade. Reading is linked to high school success. That’s because children are learning to read for the first few years of school, but after fourth grade they’re reading to learn. Without strong reading skills, they fall behind, disengage and often drop out. Together, we can do something about it—by pledging to volunteer as a reading buddy, as a tutor, or as a mentor.
United Way Women's Leadership Councils are dynamic forces that have responded to United Way's call to action - to increase the number of volunteers focusing on this issue by one million - as we are committed to recruiting 100,000 volunteers. We know from experience that you begin volunteering to help someone else, and it ends up being you who is enriched in the end.
United Way Women's Leadership Councils believe that when a diverse network of caring, powerful women join together to drive lasting change in their community, anything is possible! Change won't happen without you. You have the chance to be part of a movement—a movement which can raise our communities to new heights and make real change in children’s lives today and in the future.
- Cynthia Gibson