United Way recognizes women’s impact in community


More than 700 women came together at United Way of Greenville County’s annual “Women Make a Difference” luncheon on Oct. 31. The event celebrated the charitable impact women have in the Greenville community by recognizing their philanthropic efforts through financial contributions and volunteerism.

United Way welcomed Garden & Gun Cofounder and CEO Rebecca Wesson Darwin as the keynote speaker. Darwin spoke about her career as a successful publisher and the notable impact women are making in the South and beyond.

United Way of Greenville County’s Women’s Leadership council with keynote speaker and Garden & Gun CEO Rebecca Wesson Darwin. Photo provided.

Women’s Leadership, a group within United Way, also celebrated the past year’s volunteer efforts: after-school programs, OnTrack Greenville and Women’s Leadership’s successful “Jobs to Careers – Women Helping Women” scholarship program.

According to a press release, the goal of Women’s Leadership is to recognize philanthropic efforts and develop leadership opportunities in civic and nonprofit organizations for professional women. Last year 1,700 members pledged more than $2.3 million in support of United Way of Greenville County’s work in strengthening the community.

“We know there is no limit to the tremendous impact women in Greenville County can make when we step up and lead the way,” said United Way of Greenville County President and CEO Meghan Barp. “This powerful community of women reminds us every day that we truly are stronger united.”

To become a member or for more information on United Way Women’s Leadership and its programs, visit unitedwaygc.org or call 864.467.3551.

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