What is Women United?

Women United is a community of over 70,000 inspired change makers. This inclusive, vibrant group is bound by a powerful sense of belonging—to one another, to our communities and to the mission of transforming the lives of Simcoe Muskoka girls, women and their families.

Women United members leverage our time, talent and resources to empower women in our community to build strong, independent lives. United we are stronger. Together we can create a world full of opportunity for all women.

Women United is a powerful force for social change, where women are key drivers of philanthropy in Simcoe Muskoka through both giving and volunteering.

Empowering Women and Girls in Simcoe Muskoka

This year, Women United provided $45,000 in funding to three Simcoe Muskoka agencies. The YWCA Muskoka, Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie and the John Howard Society of Simcoe Muskoka were the three organizations chosen.

These organizations each provide a program that helps the girls and women of Simcoe Muskoka become empowered, achieve independence and, in line with United Way Simcoe Muskoka, helps break the cycle of poverty.

Click below to see more about the programs that received funding this year.

YWCA Muskoka

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World

A program to provide support and develop skills to help girls and women in Bracebridge move out of the cycle of poverty. Over 15 weekly sessions, participants will examine where they are now and where they want to be. This means creating and acting on a plan to achieve their goals.

Click here to learn more

Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie

Professional Women’s Group Mentoring Program

A program to help participants retain employment and develop professional skills, allowing them to continue to work toward economic independence. The program is located in Orillia and Barrie but services all women in Simcoe Muskoka.

Click here to learn more.

The John Howard Society of Simcoe Muskoka

Taking Charge of Our Lives

An empowerment program for women and girls that focuses on life skills and strategies to help participants overcome barriers that stand between them and their potential. Groups operate in Collingwood, Orillia and Barrie.

Click here to learn more.

Be a Part of the Movement

Women United brings together the skills, talent, creativity and network of the accomplished women that call Simcoe Muskoka home. If you want to help the girls and women of our communities, consider becoming a member today.

Membership Levels



A pledge of $1,200 or more per year

  • Be recognized as a Women United member on our website and on the Leadership Honour Roll.
  • Receive a copy of the Women United Project Progress Report.
  • Participate in the Seeing is Believing Tour.

Change Maker

A pledge of $2,000 or more per year

  • All the benefits of an Influencer donor.
  • Participate in the selection committee for future funding.
  • Attend the Women United networking event.


A pledge of $5,000 or more per year

  • All the benefits of a Change Maker donor.
  • Attend an exclusive Women United event for Advocate and Visionary donors.


A pledge of $10,000 or more per year

  • All the benefits of an Advocate donor.
  • Public media recognition of your commitment to women and girls in Simcoe Muskoka.


Want to make a positive difference in the lives of girls and women across Simcoe Muskoka while connecting with like-minded members? Contact Susan Kulkarni for more information:

Susan Kulkarni – Relationship Manager

T. 705-726-2301 ext. 2042

E. SKulkarni@UWSimcoeMuskoka.ca