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Heart of Florida United Way Now Accepting Applications for Emerging Professional Women to Join Women United


The Meredith E. Level Fellows Program Offers Selected Women a Two-Year Scholarship.

The Women United Meredith E. Level Fellows Program at Heart of Florida United Way is a five-year program for rising female professionals who are passionate about improving our community. Fellows who are selected will gain an in-depth knowledge about the Central Florida community, especially the challenges faced in the areas of education, health, financial stability and basic needs. The program provides opportunities for volunteering, networking and leadership development with other like-minded women that choose to make Central Florida a better place for all.

Emerging professional women who desire to become a member of Women United are invited to apply. The selected women will receive a two-year scholarship for membership in Women United ($2,000 value) with the expectation of participation in an additional three-year step-up philanthropy process. Candidates have the opportunity to attend regular meetings of the Women United Steering Committee for the first two years of their Fellowship, participate in Women United networking and volunteer events, and assist with logistics on the day of the Women United Luncheon fundraiser each spring.

The Meredith E. Level Fellows Program was implemented to honor the legacy and memory of Meredith E. Level. Meredith was a community champion, philanthropist and founding member of Heart of Florida United Way’s Women United. She was a beloved partner at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed with a solid reputation as a leader of the firm’s charitable endeavors.

Besides being an active member of the Women United Steering Committee, Meredith was also involved with Junior Achievement, the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Citrus Council of the Girl Scouts and many more. As a woman dedicated to helping others succeed, it was unanimously decided by the Women United Steering Committee to begin the Women United Fellows program in her remembrance.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Level family, Lowndes law firm and ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership, Heart of Florida United Way will be inducting the first three Fellows. Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2018 and selected candidates will be announced in January 2019.

Women United is a changing force in Central Florida, leading a wave of positive impact across our community. Comprised of a network of professional women, Women United leverages their passions to join United Way in the fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Central Florida. As a global force of over 70,000 women, the local chapter of Women United is inviting emerging women leaders to join the cause.

For more information about the Women United Meredith E. Level Fellows Program or to apply, please visit HFUW.org/Fellows.


About Heart of Florida United Way

Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services charity and the largest provider of funds to the region’s most critical health and human service programs. Last year, it raised and managed $28 million throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. HFUW fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Central Florida. It operates United Way 2-1-1, Central Florida’s information and assistance, crisis, suicide and referral helpline; Volunteer Resource Center and the Ryan White program, which administers nearly $4 million to provide HIV/AIDS services and referrals. HFUW impacts more than 450,000 individuals annually through its direct service and funded programs. United Way partners with local businesses, government, other charities to increase awareness of local health and human service issues and to inspire hope, provide options and create possibilities for people in need. Visit www.HFUW.org for more information, or call (407) 835-0900.


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