Women United


Women United harnesses the power and dedication of women leaders to transform local communities. We are a diverse, vibrant community, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging - to each other, to  our mission, and to the communities we call home.


Since 2016, United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties has celebrated local female leaders at our annual Women United breakfast. This event has grown over the last several years, and we are excited to share that Women United has evolved into a network offering various engagement opportunities for women in Kankakee and Iroquois counties throughout the year. Through Women United, we seek to bring women together to further advance the mission of United Way to improve the lives of women and girls through fundraising events, service projects, and social opportunities.


  • You'll be a part of a community of women who contribute their personal passions, best ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building strong communities.
  • Volunteer within our community alongside others looking to create change.
  • Network and collaborate with key business and community leaders at exclusive events.
  • Learn more about critical issues impacting our community.
  • Advocate for key community issues at the local and state level.


Women United Breakfast 2023

The 7th Annual Women United Breakfast took place at Gathering Point in Bourbonnais, Illinois on International Women's Day, March 8, 2023. The Breakfast, in tandem with the Power of the Purse kickoff event in January, raised over $28,000 for programs serving women and girls in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. Thank you to all who attended and helped to make this event a success!


EmpowHER Hour Events

Join us for an upcoming fun, casual network hour with Women United. These events are open to both women who are interested in joining Women United and current Women United members. Meet other local women and learn more about Women United!

  • Mattea's Joy, 447 S. Main St, Bourbonnais | Wednesday, February 1 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM 



Recapping Our Last Kindness Project: ACOM Clothing Drive + Baby Talk

In August of 2023, Women United orchestrated a clothing collection drive for our community partner, ACOM. The outpouring of generosity from members and supporters was truly heartening and exemplified the strength of our united efforts.

Women United also facilitated a volunteer information session for KCC's Baby Talk Program. This program introduces the vital concept of early literacy to parents of newborns in local hospitals. By imparting this knowledge, we aim to foster a bright future for the young minds of our community.




Thank you to our generous 2023 sponsors.


CSL Behring


  First Financial Bank

Are you interested in sponsoring Women United? Contact Melina at womenunited@myunitedway.org.

Women United is led by a group of community volunteers, who represent the community at large. 

Tami Galbreath, Sarah Marion, Kris Harms, Maureen Powell, Brandi Kaner, Sarah Powers, JaHana Holloway, and Amber Turner


Women United