Women United


Women United exists to provide financial support to organizations or groups that demonstrate the ability to enhance the quality of life for Siouxland youth.  Women United membership gives Siouxland women the opportunity to:



  • Direct their charitable contributions toward issues that matter most to them

  • Join other women in actively improving the community we live in

  • Network with members and non-profit agencies in the Siouxland area


  • BRONZE (1/2 VOTE): $1,250 annually

  • GOLD (1 VOTE): $2,500 annually

  • PLATINUM (2 VOTES): $5,000 annually

New members may join at any time during the year!  For more information contact Sharon Messerschmidt at smesserschmidt@unitedwaysiouxland.com or call (712) 255-3551.


The members of Women United are committed to funding sustainable programs that improve the lives of Siouxland youth.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last year was a difficult and challenging one for local non-profit agencies that provide those services and support.  Subsequently applications from many deserving agencies were submitted for the 2021 Brighter Futures and Program grants.  From those applications, Women United awarded the following agencies:

Brighter Futures Grant

Sky Ranch Behavioral Services - $22,500

Boys and Girls Home RT Opportunities School - $9,062

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa - $10,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland - $9,062

Program Grant

Haven House - $1,885

Pier Center for Autism - $2,496

Catholic Charities - $1,244

The 2022 Women United online grant applications will be made available on November 10, 2021.

Brighter Future Grant requests of $2,500 - $50,000 can be made to support new or existing programs that address  issues similar to those shown below.  Awardees may apply for two additional years of funding.

  • Poverty and its influence on children

  • Health issues such as immunization rates and teen pregnancy

  • Illiteracy and access to educational opportunities in the summer

  • Parent involvement and its impact on children

  • Food insecurity

Program Grant requests of $500 - $2,499 are made as one time awards, with a focus on specific needs such as playground equipment or tutors.

To learn more contact Sharon Messerschmidt at smesserschmidt@unitedwaysiouxland.com or call United Way at (712) 255-3551.