Women United


We tackle the issues that matter most to the people. We empower other women to use our passions, our ideas, our expertise and resources to transform the very conditions in which people live. We don't stand by. We're raising our voices, rolling up our sleeves, and establishing a legacy of change that benefits everyone. We ignite the power of women - who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done - to create lasting change in their communities.


Our communities need champions who understand these problems, see the potential for change, and will offer tangible solutions that will make a difference. By joining Women United, you'll become part of a community of like-minded women who contribute their personal passions, inspired ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building thriving communities. 


Women United, formerly known as Women’s Philanthropy Connection, focuses on empowering women to create real and lasting improvement in people’s lives. Membership is open to women who are at an annual giving level of at least $1,000 to Cedar Valley United Way or $500 for those age 40 and younger. Giving can be done on an individual basis or through combined household giving. Members can choose to participate solely through their giving or through their giving and volunteering on WPC projects.

Started as an endeavor of Cedar Valley United Way in 2008, this group strives to increase contributions to Cedar Valley United Way.


Located in the Hawkeye Center at Hawkeye Community College the mission is to assist non-traditional female students attending HCC in attaining their career goals and paths they are pursuing.

The Women to Women Career Mentoring Program is for students to receive guidance, support and resources to help improve their lives.

Support resources include:

  • Access to information on child care, housing, transportation, financial assistance, substance abuse, personal counseling, parenting, nutrition, personal finances, and health care
  • "Women to Women Career Mentoring"—a program that matches volunteer mentors with students based on an application process

Women United Success:

As the new semester starts at Hawkeye we would be thrilled to add more mentors to the program. That’s where YOU come in…

Here’s what it takes:

  • Attend one training session (45 minutes)
  • Fill out an application that will be used in matching to a student mentee
  • Have a monthly in-person meeting with your mentee (most of these average 30 to 45 minutes), and a quick phone call or text between monthly meetings helps you stay in touch 
  • Most mentoring pairings last for 12 to 18 months
  • You won’t be helping with homework, but you will be helping a woman understand how important connections and networking can be made in their chosen career field, what skills are necessary to succeed and how to present themselves in an interview

It is important to know that you may or may not have the same career as your mentee. You can be retired from the workforce, still active working or a stay-at-home mom -- what you are offering are life experiences and connections that will make it easier for your mentee to succeed once they go out to the everyday work world.

Please consider becoming a mentor in our program and contact us.

Contact program coordinator Allison Plunkett at PlunkettAllisonJ@JohnDeere.com or contact Sheila Baird at sheila.baird@cvuw.org or 235-6211 ext. 21 and get additional information!


“When you look at the needs of a community, it can seem overwhelming. Where do I begin to help? How do I help? How do I know my gift is going to be used for the best results? That’s what United Way does—it helps us help.” -- Dee Vandeventer, UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital

For more information about Women United, contact Sheila Baird at sheila.baird@cvuw.org or 319.235.6211 ext. 21 or Allison Plunkett at PlunkettAllisonJ@JohnDeere.com or 319.404.0462.