Women United






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MISSION:   To inspire and enable positive change in our community through philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy.

Current Awareness and Fundraising Focus for South Sarasota county:

"FROM C.A.R.E.S. to Caring"
EVICTION PREVENTION and mitigating homelessness for the A.L.I.C.E. population here in South County





In July of 2020, an Executive Order was issued allowing evictions to be filed in the courts even though there was a moratorium on evictions due to COVID19. Throughout 2020 there were over 539 eviction lawsuits filed in Sarasota County and that number has continued to climb in the 1st quarter of 2021.


Now that the moratorium has been lifted, hundreds of families, individuals and seniors will become homeless if we do not intervene.


You can help keep people in their homes and stem the tide on evictions in our community!   With your participation we can help hard-working, responsible people who, if they are the average working person, are living paycheck to paycheck, have little to no savings, and are spending more than 30% of their income on housing.







Dear Women United® Member, 


United Way South Sarasota County’s Women United® was created to engage, empower, and educate local women interested in strengthening their community through selfless work such as fund raising, volunteering, networking, and educational opportunities.


This affinity group consists of local women who are leaders in their respective industries and communities. These women are dedicated to helping United Way of South Sarasota County improve the lives of its most vulnerable residents. Women United's mission is to build and foster, a powerfully dynamic, yet passionate network of women who create meaningful change in our community through a selfless investment of their care, time, talent, and resources.


United Way South Sarasota County's Women United® strives to:


  • Educate women about our community's most pressing needs
  • Engage women as philanthropic leaders and active community investors
  • Empower women to be part of a positive change in our community


I’d like to extend my deepest gratitude for your consideration and willingness to serve our community. With your help, we will richly impact the lives of those that depend on us the most.


In service of South Sarasota County,

Nicolette M. Sanders, MBA, Women United® Chair







Inaugural Launch Highlights Photos





Our Community Partners on The Urgent Need for Support to Prevent Eviction & Mitigate Homelessness in Our Community:


"The concern is the fact that a lot of federal income coming into our area has income limits.... they are at 80% media income and believe it or not ALICE families are above this limit - so they are typically NOT eligible for those funds..."
-Chris Johnson, Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness 

The national definition of homelessness includes sleeping the previous night in a place lacking water or electricity. A parent does everything in their power to prevent this from happening for their children, including paying for a hotel with their paycheck or staying with friends and relatives.

As a consequence, these families are not considered homeless and do not qualify for federal and state funds and assistance.

-Jenifer Fagenbaum, Family Promise, Sarasota County




Women United® mobilizes the caring power of our local communities by:

Understanding the Communities We Serve |  Engaging the Community in Solving Relevant Issues



Inaugural Launch Photos