Started as an endeavor of Cedar Valley United Way in 2008, this group strives to increase contributions to Cedar Valley United Way.
Women United Project: Women to Women Career Mentoring
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:
- 107 mentor/mentee pairings have participated in the project since March 2011
- 62 mentees have successfully completed the program and have graduated from Hawkeye Community College as of June 2014
- Read a success story featured in the Waterloo Courier
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 235-6211 ext. 21 and get additional information!
Check out photos from the Women United past events:
- 2017 Wine Tasting with Purpose
- Building Character and Living Ethically with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
- A Framework for Understanding Poverty: Dr. Ruby Payne
- 2013 Annual Meeting & Reception
- Family Philanthropy: Women at the Heart of the Matter -- November 13, 2012
- Creating a Generosity Plan for Life: 7 Steps to Making the World a Better Place -- October 2011
- 2011 Annual Meeting, Sky Event Centre
“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