Women United to Launch 2nd Annual Book Drive with Chief Justice Loretta Rush

Chief Justice Loretta Rush will be the keynote speaker to kickoff Women United's 2nd Annual Book Drive.  Women United, an integral part of the United Way world that brings together a group of women to fight for health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In Greater Lafayette last year approximately 56% of students were not prepared to enter kindergarten.

Chief Justice Loretta Rush

One local group has a goal to change that. Our chapter of Women United came together to harnesses the power and energy of Greater Lafayette woman to work together to provide access to quality education for all children in Tippecanoe County.

Engage with Woman United and…

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

Here is a local statistic to put things in perspective: In Greater Lafayette last year approximately 56% of students were not prepared to enter kindergarten.

One local group has a goal to change that. Our chapter of Women United came together to harnesses the power and energy of Greater Lafayette woman to work together to provide access to quality education for all children in Tippecanoe County.

The local chapter of Women United started over a year ago under the leadership of Maryann Santos and Erika Steuterman who decided the book program at Kindergarten Countdown Camp, a 3 to 4-week free camp that helps to prepare students for Kindergarten, was a great project to champion.

The book program allows kids to take a book home every week from camp to start their personal home library. The program started from donations until last year when a donor could not be found, and the United Way ran into budget constraints and could not afford to buy books.

Women United saw this as perfect opportunity to mobilize collecting over 6,000 book that were distributed during Kindergarten Countdown Camp and to our community partners and delivered to several local schools throughout the year. A new addition to the program is a Parntership with the City of Lafayette Parks Department and Purdue Construction Engineering and Management.

That was just a start with other programs like supporting holiday food packs distributed to children participating in Food Finders backpack program. 

United Way’s Director of Resource Development Stephanie Patascil put it best:

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing group of women leaders in our community. It is inspiring to see them come together and get involved in the community to make a such a big difference.”

To learn more about Women United, please put this event on your calendar! There will be an open bar, refreshments and literally hundreds of cool, strong, awesome women just like you who are looking to kick ass and take names on behalf of the kids in Greater Lafayette.

Connect with Women United at https://www.uwlafayette.org/women