Women’s Initiative

Strengthening Girls. Empowering Women.

Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts is a volunteer-based women’s group whose mission is to ignite positive change for girls through philanthropy and women’s leadership.


Working with volunteer committees of community leaders, the Women’s Initiative engages hundreds of members and donors to support programs that improve and empower the lives of adolescent girls in Central Massachusetts. Our goal is to reduce the incidence of violence affecting girls ages 10-14 through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy.


Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion Vision Statement

Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts will be intentional in our actions to be inclusive and equitable in our endeavors to empower all women and girls. We strive to break the cycle of economic and racial disparities by igniting positive change for girls through mentoring, education, and financial literacy. We embrace, respect, and value differences in women and girls and their contributions to our community.

Making a Difference for Girls

Project Shine is just one of ten Central Massachusetts programs that the Women’s Initiative funds which inspire adolescent girls to build their confidence, share their voice, and empower them to be leaders. These programs wouldn’t be possible without support from the Women’s Initiative and its members.


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Join this network of individuals who invest in girls in Central Massachusetts. Become a member, donate, join a committee, volunteer, or attend an event – there are many ways to get involved!

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