Capital Area United Way leading effort to distribute resources to single mothers


Capital Area United Way’s Women United, an affinity group of Capital Area United Way, has partnered with The Life of a Single Mom to distribute fresh produce boxes and resources to single mothers throughout the Capital area. Many of the single mothers in the area are part of the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population and are adversely impacted by the pandemic.

“Summer is the normal volunteer opportunity time for Women United,” said Amey Shortess Crousillac, Vice President of Resource Development at Capital Area United Way. “With the COVID-19 pandemic still occurring, we had to think outside the box and come up with an idea on how we could benefit those in the community suffering through the pandemic’s effects.”

Capital Area United Way was able to garner financial and in-kind resources and donations to provide fresh produce and gift cards to over 311 mothers identified through The Life of a Single Mom. With access to fresh fruit and vegetables scarce during the pandemic, these resources will provide for their families to keep them healthy during this pandemic.

“When we lend a hand to our neighbors in need, our entire community is uplifted,” said Charlene Montelaro, Project Chair of Women United-United We Feed. “The healthy produce, gift cards, and educational materials we are distributing will have a tremendous impact on the lives of these single mothers and their children. It is our honor to serve them.”

“We are thankful that Capital Area United Way and Women United have been long-time supporters of The Life of a Single Mom, impacting hundreds of single mothers through the years,” said Jennifer Maggio, CEO, The Life of a Single Mom. “Single moms are often working two jobs and juggling endless demands with little help. This partnership ensures families can eat healthy for at least a week, while receiving life skills education classes to focus on long-term success in these families.”

While Saturday’s distribution is already closed, CAUW is encouraging people to continue donating resources for future events. For more information on how to donate, click here.

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