The Women United Membership Open House on November 1st was, yet again, a great opportunity for members and guests to mix and mingle while celebrating the successes of the past year. Even more importantly, however, was the chance to hear from previous grant award recipients as they describe how the Women United Human Services Grant Awards have impacted their work serving women and children in our community. Jennifer Jacobs, Executive Director, AHIP (Albemarle Housing Improvement Program) shared how the $20,000 grant they received went toward providing and improving basic shelter needs for community members in dire need. Karen Reifenberger, COO, Piedmont Housing Alliance described how they used the $20,000 award to provide basic food needs to children and family members at Friendship Court in Charlottesville.

This year, eight new members joined at the event and several prospective members indicated they will also join.