Women's Leadership Council
Get Involved – What is the Women’s Leadership Council?
The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), a United Way of Rhode Island initiative, brings women together as a unique driving force to help close the gaps in early childhood literacy. Here is why this work is so important. Today, in Rhode Island:
- 60 percent of children living in low-income families have no books at home.
- 1 in 3 fourth graders are not proficient in reading; a number that drops to 1 in 2 for minority and low-income students.
- Rhode Island’s 4th grade literacy level ranks last in New England.
Literacy is a foundational key to a child’s success in school, and all too often, children fall through the cracks. The women of WLC are executives, mothers, daughters, friends, leaders, and doers. All united behind one powerful cause: helping to ensure that children succeed in school and in life.
Our goal is to partner philanthropy with volunteerism, so each member of WLC makes an annual gift of $1,000 or more to United Way’s Community Impact Fund. Women already giving at this leadership level are invited to join WLC.
Members volunteer in classrooms and community programs, organize book drives, advocate for important issues, and attend networking and special events. WLC events and volunteer opportunities are a great way to meet like-minded women and “get your hands dirty” by helping enhance the lives of others.
Representing every county in the state, WLC members commit not only their financial support, but also their time, energy and talents. Working together, we make our community stronger. We welcome you to join us as we move forward.