Organization raises funds to help women finish education

Posted at 11:16 AM, Jan 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-26 16:15:32-05

Women United hosted their 2nd Annual Fashion Show that benefits women, who may be facing poverty in McLennan County.

The organization helps women finish their education with a scholarship. 

Thanks to the money donated by the ones who attended, scholarships will be given out to those in MCC’s adult education program. 

The women will be selected by an interview process. Once selected they will be given financial stability training, develop a savings account that can be matched with money raised by Women United throughout the year. 

“We feel like the best way to help women with themselves and their families out of poverty is to give them an opportunity to further their education,” said Chair of Women United Kris Kaiser Olson. 

Women United started in Fall of 2017, having their first fashion show in December of that same year. It was such a hit they decided to make it a yearly staple.  

Women United keeps the theme of their mission, women helping women, during this fashion show. A silent auction and raffle were also at this event, for members of the community to donate and help the women of their community in need. 

"We're highlighting boutiques that are owned and managed by women in Waco-McLennan County," Olson said. 

One of Olson's favorite part about volunteering her time with United Women and seeing the faces of these women, being affected, receive the help they need. 

"It's really life-changing, not just for them but for somebody like me to see that giving my time and energy to someone can make such a difference in their lives," Olson said.  

Not only today but every day Women United are working to encourage their fellow community members to accomplish anything. 

"They're focusing on childhood literacy, eliminating childhood hunger reducing teen pregnancy and increasing education and financial stability for women." Barbara Mosacchio said, CEO of United Way Waco-McLennan County, 

Mosacchio hopes that by the end of this event the community takes away two things. 

"Waco is an amazing community of committed volunteers, people will begin to understand the important work that United Way does," Mosacchio said. 

The last fashion show raised $14,000. The organization hopes to double it this year. 

There were many in the businesses in the community who helped and donated items for the event. 

The clothing in the fashion show were from Ruth's, Georgio's, Prefontaine and Worth. 

For more information about Women United, click here

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