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United Way of Central MA Hosts Stepping Up for Girls September 22

Monday, September 05, 2016

 

The Women's Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts will host its annual Stepping Up For Girls event on Thursday, September 22. The program,  networking and reception will be held at Mechanics Hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

The night will feature Susan Papalia as the keynote speaker. she is a Cardiovascular Nurse at University of Massachusetts Medical School and was a medical volunteer during the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. 

Over 400 women and men from local colleges, businesses, and nonprofits are expected to attend the Stepping Up Event. 

Awards 

Maureen Gray will receive the 2016 Lois B. Green Award in recognition of her leadership and volunteerism, and Katherine Esparza will be honored with the 2016 Meridith D. Wesby Young Leader Award.  

Girls on the Run at Sullivan Middle, a new Women’s Initiative funded program through Family Health Center will be introduced at this event. 

Women's Initiative

Over the last 13 years, Women's Initiative has raised over $3.5 million and served more than 9,000 local girls ages 10-14 with programming which encourages dialogue around the issues of education, safety, physical and emotional well being, and healthy relationships. 

Women’s Initiative continues to offer financial literacy conferences, called “Dollar $cholars,” for middle-school girls in Worcester and surrounding towns. Over the last few years, close to 3,000 girls from central Massachusetts received financial literacy training to prevent them from staying in abusive situations by giving them the tools they need to be financially independent.

 

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