The 2018 Greenwich United Way Sole Sisters -Shoe Drive–
The Greenwich United Way Sole Sisters have teamed up with Neighbor to Neighbor to host a town-wide shoe drive for low-income families based in the Greenwich community. The Sole Sisters Shoe Drive will run February 26 through March 9 and takes place at several locations across town including the Greenwich United Way office and Neighbor to Neighbor. Spearheading the shoe drive is 2018 Sole Sisters Luncheon committee members, Kirsten Riemer and Olivia Langston. Both are working with a representative at several locations, some of which are schools and these locations are private, although Temple Shalom and the YWCA of Greenwich have agreed to also collect from the public during the drive. Anyone dropping shoes off at public sites should mention Sole Sisters so that the women’s initiative can track donations.
Luncheon Committee Leaders: Sara Allard, Brooke Bohnsack, Hagar Chemali, Rebecca Cooper, Kristen Forlini, Erin Glasebrook, Megan Harvey, Karen Keegan, Nicole Kwasniewski, Olivia Langston, Caity Lischick, Layla Lisiewski, Cricket Lockhart, Virginia Lockhart, Jan Marchand, Clarena McBeth, Betsy McIntyre, Karin McShane, Sarah Muir, Maria Murphy, Kirsten Riemer, Hillary Rosenthal, Liz Van Hell, Diane Viton, Charlotte Kaiser Weinberg, Jill Weiner, Amanda Wilson
About Greenwich United Way Sole Sisters
“The Greenwich United Way Sole Sisters are a dynamic group of women with the shared goal of raising funds to address the priority areas of mental health, self-sufficiency and early childhood education in their community. It was an honor to keynote their 2016 Luncheon, where I was able to learn what motivates women in Greenwich to ‘step up to help others step forward’. I’m inspired by the efforts of women like this, and seeing what they’ve been able to do by empowering each other to help make their world a better place.” – Arianna Huffington
The Sole Sisters are a dynamic and committed group of prominent women and philanthropists, who do more than raise funds in support of the Greenwich United Way’s efforts. They take the time to learn about the needs in their community and how those needs are addressed by local agencies partnering with the Greenwich United Way. While the group is serious about making a difference in the community they all share, they also believe it is important to have fun in the process. That’s why their logo is a shoe! And their motto is “Women Stepping Up to Help Others Step Forward.”
Each year, the Sole Sisters raise money to serve a specific need in the community. In the past, those services have supported children, youth, families, seniors, individuals in crisis. The increased demand for basic human services as a result of the budget cuts taking place at the federal, state and local levels has made this initiative even more critical. This year the Sole Sisters are proud to support the Greenwich United Way’s leadership efforts in supporting community solutions in the areas of education, self-sufficiency, and health.
The Luncheon is the Sole Sisters’ primary annual fundraiser, and since its inception over 10 years ago, the event has raised over $1.5 million in support of the Greenwich United Way’s efforts. While the Luncheon features a fashion and home accessories boutique, most importantly, there is always a notable guest speaker that inspires the sellout crowd of 400+ women and men attending.
Each year, the Sole Sisters presents a keynote speaker who will inform and inspire this very influential, philanthropic group. From Greenwich or any one of our neighboring towns in New York, they come to be inspired by someone they admire, someone who has gone above and beyond professionally, personally, and for the benefit of others and someone who shares their commitment to service and the community. Past speakers have included: Gretchen Carlson, Arianna Huffington, Lisa Baird, Susan Fales-Hill, Kayce Jennings, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Gloria Vanderbilt, Jeannette Walls, Linda Fairstein, Sara Moulton, Lynn Sherr, and Lisa Birnbach.
About Greenwich United Way
The Greenwich United Way shares a name with approximately 1,400 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the human service needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful solutions. Through various fundraising efforts and on-going research, the organization is able to directly allocate the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad-based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies.