Friday, February 20, 2009

New Year for the Young Women's Alliance

This is an exciting time for the YWA! We have restructured the group and are very excited about the year ahead.

We had our first meeting of the year at Soul Restaurant & Lounge in Fayetteville on February 10th. Several ladies have joined our group this year, and we are thrilled to have our new members! Our bi-monthly meetings (every other month) are held at local restaurants and benefit a different charity each time. At the February meeting, YWA members and new members brought items for “Care Kits” that we put together for the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross. These Care Kits are distributed to individuals and families in times of need from house fires and other disasters, like the recent ice storms. They included a variety of hygiene items, like shampoo, combs, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant. The YWA participated in assembling care kits last year and enjoyed it so much we decided to continue the tradition this year.

The Young Women’s Alliance (YWA) is a volunteer affinity group associated with the United Way of Northwest Arkansas. YWA began in 2006 in an effort to involve women between the ages of 21 and 40 who contribute time or money to the United Way of Northwest Arkansas. YWA is an effort to empower women with opportunities to LIVE UNITED through avenues of giving, advocating and volunteering.

If you are interested in joining the YWA or would like more information, please contact Heather Clouse at hhensle@yahoo.com or call the United Way of NWA office at 479-750-1221.

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