A dynamic group of Lubbock Area United Way women leadership donors formed a new affinity group in 2017 - Women United. The group’s primary focus is the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
An average of 3 children become victims of abuse or neglect every day in Lubbock County. The inaugural group of women worked hard this year to begin lowering this statistic.
In March, a group of members traveled to Austin during the Legislative session to advocate for more funding for child abuse prevention programs in our area.
In the summer, they formed a partnership with Catholic Charities’ Parent Empowerment Program (PEP), a program that assists parents in completing college degrees. The aim of the partnership is to match mentors with single mothers enrolled in the program to provide support as they work, parent, study, and ultimately lift their families out of poverty.
In November, Women United sponsored a fund-raising and awareness project to purchase Baby Boxes for families whose newborns are at risk of not having a suitable crib or safe sleeping option in the home.
Goals in the coming year include expanding Women United’s impact on abuse and neglect by engaging more women through events and service opportunities. This new engagement opportunity is open to all women who give to Lubbock Area United Way at the Leadership Level ($1,000+ annually).