We are Women United

Women United is a diverse, vibrant community, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging — to each other, to our mission, and to the communities we call home.

Our mission is simple yet bold: To inspire, educate, and engage women more deeply as positive change agents in support of the advancement of single mothers and their children in Greater Portland.

Igniting Change

We are a united force for the advancement of single mothers and their children in Greater Portland. Through philanthropy, volunteerism, and advocacy, we are leading critical work that will positively influence single mothers’ ability to meet basic needs, educate children, and achieve optimal health and well being.

Recent Updates

February 2017 – Women United Launch Event (Photos)

May 2017 – Walking Tour Update

June 2017 – Mom & Baby Shower” Update

August 2017 – Request for Proposals

November 2017 – Women United Fall Investments

United Way of Greater Portland’s Women United announced at their annual fall reception at Urban Farm Fermentory a $100,000 multi-year investment in “two-generation” strategies exclusively for single mothers and their children. Through an intensive community review process, Women United selected The Opportunity Alliance’s (TOA) Project WIN (Women in Neighborhoods). The program will work with a cohort of single mothers and their children living in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood. (Full update)

Press Coverage in the Forecaster

February 2018 – “Getting There” – Profile in Maine Women Magazine


  • Learn more about critical issues impacting single women and their children.
  • You’ll be a part of a community of like-minded women who contribute their personal passions, best ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building stronger communities.
  • Volunteer alongside others looking to create change.
  • Network and collaborate with key business and community leaders at exclusive events.
  • Advocate for key community issues.

Giving Levels

Membership in Women United is based upon an annual membership  contribution:

  • $2,500 Founders Circle
  • $1,000 (3 year step-up program available starting at $500)

The step-up program allows participants to contribute $500, with a commitment to getting to $1,000 within three years. Step-up participants will be recognized as members starting in year one.

For more information, contact Mara Robinov-Moorhead at 207.874.1000 x 2321.

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Committee Members

Diane Garofalo*
Steering Committee Co-Chair

Nicole Witherbee*^
Steering Committee and Investment Committee Co-Chair

Stacey Ryan*^
Investment Committee Co-Chair

Anna Blaney^
Elizabeth Baldwin^
Anne Dalton*
Leslie Gibbons*^
Kim Gray*
Vicki Gordan^
Sarah Halpin^
Lily Hanstein*^
Kaylene Mitchell^
Kimberly Newcomb*
Molly Reinfried^
Meredith Rousseau^
Megan Santiago^
Deanna Sherman*
Lesley Warn^
Stephanie Williams*^

*Steering Committee
^Investing Committee

Founders’ Circle Members

Emily Bruce
Sara Byers
Diane Cipollone
Margaret Colford
Liz Cotter Schlax
Anne Dalton
Leslie Gibbons
Desmond Gilliard
Diane Garofalo
Vicki Gordan
Lisa Gorman
Marylou Murphy
Heather Paquette
Elaine Rosen
Deanna Sherman
Nicole Witherbee


Special thanks to the following organizations for supporting the two generational work of Women United.