Women United
An affinity group of United Way of Knox County, Ohio
 January -March 2022 Newsletter
This year, in 2022, the United Way has ended the categorized fee structure. We would rather engage more women in Women United and feel that keeping it affordable is a move in the right direction. So, in 2022, your dues will be $50.00. This will enable us to purchase supplies we use for our projects as well as welcome more ladies to join us and see how wonderful it feels to participate in our events, network with other professional women and watch how our dollars change lives in Knox County. If you are financially able to give more than $50.00 a year, we encourage you to do so. It will allow us to serve more women and children as we purchase more items for our projects.
Women In Recovery Luncheon

Women United is back!
After a long covid hiatus, the ladies of Women United kicked off 2022 with an inspiring personal story from Nichole Riverside Recovery Services - Knox County at our Women's Recovery Luncheon, Thursday at the The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge
After Lunch the ladies also packed over 200 Period Care kits for girls, to be shared with Knox County elementary and high schools.
The period kit project was started by Julia Sugg. She received a Women United Grant to purchase the supplies for us to start make the kits during our WU Luncheon yesterday.
Julia has done research around Knox County and found that most organizations were meeting the need of the individuals they serve, but the schools did not have consistent availability for students. There are resources for adults but not nearly enough for student-age girls. “It may not seem like an emergency issue, but the education of local girls is being affected by their lack of access to comfortable/safe period products. "In a national survey of 1,000 menstruating teens, 1 in 5 struggled to afford period products and 4 in 5 either missed or knew someone who missed class time because they did not have access to period products."
2022 Women United Schedule of Events
Power of the Purse
Friday, May 6, 2022
Doors open at 5:30, Dinner begins at 6:00,
Auction begins at 7:15P.M.
Schnormeier Event Center at Ariel Foundation Park
To reserve a table or purchase single tickets: lindsay@uwayknox.org or call 740.397.5721 by March 31, 2022.
~Tables Are Almost SOLD OUT~
Women United Annual Meeting Luncheon
Thursday August 11th, 2022
Ramser 4-H Center
12:00 P.M.
To reserve your seat: lindsay@uwayknox.org or call 740.397.5721 by August 5, 2022.
Come prepared to assemble bookbags for area children.
Hygiene Bag Assembly Dinner
Thursday November 3, 2022
Mazza’s Banquet Room
5:00 P.M.
To reserve your seat: lindsay@uwayknox.org or call 740.397.5721 by October 28, 2022.
Come prepared to assemble hygiene kits for recovery homes and area agencies.
2022 New Purse Donation Request

Would you like to help make it even more exciting? Consider donating a purse for our auction. The more purses we have, the more fun it will be! Drop off your purse by April 14th to the United Way office Monday-Thursday between 9am & 4pm.
Questions? Contact the office 740-397-5721.
Meet Our New Program Director
Halle Krajenski

Halle (Gilligan) Krajenski is a Knox County native. Halle graduated from Wittenberg University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Her passion for working with people was greatly inspired by her time working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), where she worked at a daytime center for individuals who were living with Schizophrenia. In 2015, she joined Knox County Head Start, where she has worked with families as an Advocate and accredited Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Practitioner. Halle joins The United Way of Knox County as Program Director with a passion for meeting people wherever they are in life and helping them to navigate the path to reaching their goals and fullest potential. She looks forward to supporting the community’s growth and vibrancy by working with the United Way’s partnering agencies, who contribute so much to the wellbeing of Knox County.
To reach Halle call the office at 740-397-5721 or via email halle@uwayknox.org
EmpowerHER

March 8, 2022, was a special day for ladies of Women United as they were honored to be a sponsor of New Direction’s First Annual EmpowHER Event, on International Women’s Day. The event brought Knox County women together in a colorful, inspiring, and uplifting atmosphere. Guests shopped with local female-owned businesses, enjoyed the signature “MargHERita” and shared stories about women who inspire them most. Women United sponsored one of the two Girl Power Scholarship awards, which went to two High School Seniors, both of whom submitted their reflections on how they use their girl power to influence other girls. Well done New Directions!
Local volunteerism is the power behind long-lasting change. United Way of Knox County has long prioritized volunteerism. Introduction of a new, dynamic online platform will amplify volunteer engagement and impact in Knox County. Nonprofits and other agencies in the area have already started posting their volunteer opportunities, special events, and engagement activities online in hopes of increasing the variety of ways for individuals to get involved. This web-based system, Volunteer Knox is administrated by United Way and available at www.volunteerknox.com.
Organizations and volunteers will utilize the tool for free under one United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc. agreement. Contact United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc. office for more information!