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Greetings from Roseann Stichnoth and Elizabeth Wahab, WLC Co-Chairs

Welcome to the July/August issue of WLC-Suite! We hope you’ve had sun-, travel-, and beach-filled summers with family and friends. This issue, take one last summer respite and enjoy catching up with us on our latest volunteer impact, as well as the adventure-packed summer 150 families had at ReadNYC’s Once Upon a Summer program. And be sure to scroll down to see how you can instantly make a back-to-school difference for ReadNYC students. We look forward to seeing you this Fall!


Roseann Stichnoth Signature Elizabeth Wahab Signature
Roseann Stichnoth Elizabeth Wahab

Empowering: The Impact Made

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On July 15, Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) members teamed up with Guardian Life’s Women’s Leadership Network to share their professional expertise with women setting out on their job searches. Volunteers reviewed resumes and conducted mock interviews for participants in the Coalition for the Homeless First Step Job Training Program.

Coalition for the Homeless is one of United Way of New York City’s (UWNYC) Emergency Food and Shelter Program partners. Their First Step Job Training Program helps homeless and low-income women gain the skills, experience, and confidence needed to find living-wage jobs.

A special thanks to those members who volunteered as well as to our friends at Guardian Life! Your simple gift of time and talent may yield incredible gains for these women. Gains that will move them out of poverty and toward financial stability—the first step toward prosperity.

Spotlight on Amelia Kao


Meet a new WLC member: Amelia Kao! Amelia is an Associate Planner at Bloomingdale’s, where she’s also an ambassador in Bloomingdale’s annual United Way campaign. She’s passionate about education, serving as a mentor through Mentoring USA, so she’s particularly excited about getting involved in ReadNYC. After attending the WLC's resume review and mock interview event on July 15 she shared:  

“I was blown away by the poise and courage of the women from First Step. I attended the event hoping that I could help them in some small way, but left feeling as if they had done even more to inspire me with their passion and determination.”

A San Francisco native, Amelia moved east to study economics and Spanish at Georgetown University. In her free time, she loves to play soccer and see Broadway shows. Welcome, Amelia!

Make an Instant Impact


Draw a ReadNYC Smile...It’s Easy as 1, 2, Click
The first bell of the first day of school is about to ring! Help ReadNYC schools ensure that their bookshelves are fully stocked with quality books.

Working with UWNYC's ReadNYC team, we set up an Amazon Book Wish List. Peruse. Click. Give—a simple gift renders hours of adventure, creativity, and learning. All purchased books will benefit rising second- and third-grade students in ReadNYC’s Expanded Day program.


ReadNYC Round-Up

ReadNYC Round-Up

“We’re experiencing true collective impact through ReadNYC,” said Marielys Divanne, Senior Director, ReadNYC, on August 4 at a ReadNYC site visit featuring its Once Upon a Summer (OUS) program. Now in its third year, OUS is a 6-week program that aims to prevent summer-learning loss and improve students’ reading levels.

The site visit was attended by corporate and individual partners, including Roseann Stichnoth (WLC Co-Chair) and Marla Barr (WLC Luncheon Host Committee Member), who immersed themselves in this incredible program at P.S. 154, in the South Bronx.

From hearing OUS’s students cheer, to taking exclusive tours of classrooms, to talking with ReadNYC leaders, Stichnoth, Barr, and fellow visitors saw how ReadNYC rallies whole communities (schools, community-based organizations, parents, etc.) behind strengthening students’ educations and moving families out of poverty toward financial stability.

ReadNYC Round-Up

During the visit, Stichnoth and Barr saw OUS students break into small groups, tailored to their reading levels, and then dive into read-alouds, singing, conversation, and one-on-one literacy tutoring around culturally-relevant reading materials. This year, ReadNYC enriched the curriculum to help students see themselves in the stories they’re reading, understand the strength of their cultural diversity, and encourage them to embrace their differences and build community.

ReadNYC Round-Up

While OUS students, ventured into their favorite fairytales and vocabulary words, visitors learned that their parents were simultaneously exploring a Mott Haven farmers market to learn about accessing and preparing fresh produce for their families. As part of OUS, ReadNYC offered students’ parents weekly empowerment workshops to help them be their children’s best first teachers. After touring classrooms, visiting partners reflected and enjoyed thought-provoking conversation with ReadNYC team leaders from UWNYC, P.S. 154, Read Alliance, and East Side House Settlement.

ReadNYC Round-Up

This whirlwind visit was only a snapshot of our OUS families' jam-packed summer. Students not only read and received tutoring, but also enjoyed acting, arts, crafts, healthy cooking and eating, and lots of physical activity. Once Upon a Summer, ended happily ever after on August 19!

NWLC Conference

Did you know the WLC is not Big Apple-specific? It’s a huge network, spanning 163 United Way branches and standing 70,000 members strong. And this web of community-driven women has raised over $1 billion in the last 13 years. Forget the outdoor temps—it just got philanthropically hot in here!

Made up of women ambassadors from local United Way chapters around the country, the National Women’s Leadership Council (NWLC) is an advisory group for United Way Worldwide and local United Ways in the area of women's philanthropy, advocacy, volunteerism, mentoring, and leadership. This September, the NWLC will descend upon the Rocky Mountain foothills for a two-day conference at Mile High United Way in Denver, CO, where they'll look at the network’s impact across the Nation.

Want to learn more about the NWLC? Contact Meghan Droge, Manager, Individual Giving and Donor Engagement, United Way of New York City, for more info.



Volunteer: Serve a Much-Needed Meal
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 5:30–7:30 PM | The Bowery Mission (227 Bowery, Manhattan)

Help prepare and serve dinner to individuals visiting the Bowery Mission’s community kitchen. RSVP Today


Volunteer: Empower Women's Job Searches
Friday, Sept. 16, 2:30–5:00 PM | UWNYC (205 E. 42nd Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY)

Share your professional expertise with women setting out on their job searches. Volunteers will review resumes and conduct mock interviews for participants in the Coalition for the Homeless First Step Job Training Program. Sign Up Today


Shop: Peruse MaxMara's Latest Fashion to Give Back
Wednesday, Oct. 19 | MaxMara (813 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10065)

Join the WLC and MaxMara for an evening of exclusive discounted shopping, champagne, hors d'oeurves, and an incredible door prize—a $1,000 private shopping experience. Event details to comeSee Photos from Our Last Shopping Event

For more information about the WLC, please visit us online or contact Meghan Droge, Manager, Individual Giving and Donor Engagement, United Way of New York City.

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