The Valley United Way has announced the formation of a new program, Women United.

Accomplished women and business leaders, community volunteers, and inspiring professionals living and working in lower Naugatuck Valley gathered in the Verde Room at Il Palio in Shelton on June 4 to launch this nationally acclaimed program, according to the United Way.

United Way Vice President Patricia Tarasovic introduced Maureen Coffey as an accomplished and gifted woman who is strong and passionate about Valley United Way and who is perfect to chair this new program.

“Maureen is a visionary woman with many gifts and talents,” said Tarasovic. “Her intelligence and hard work ethic along with her passion for the Valley showed that she was the model candidate to lead this exciting new venture.”

“It’s an honor to serve as inaugural chair of Women United,” said Coffey in accepting the role. “When our family business, Latex Foam Products (now Talalay Global), was lost to a devastating fire, United Way was on the scene to help our employees in countless ways. This is my chance to give back to a wonderful organization that needs support.”

“Leading the Charge - Inspiring the Change,” Women United is a global force of more than 75,000 women leaders in 165 communities and six countries, dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help ensure that women and children in valley neighborhoods are financially secure, according to the United Way.

For Valley United Way, whose primary role is bringing people together to help solve community problems, Tarasovic said women leaders are essential to accelerating lasting change.

“We are a strong group of visionary women from all walks of life, capable of rolling up our sleeves and raising our voices,” said Tarasovic. “We will leave a legacy of change that benefits everyone by enhancing lives and creating stronger communities.”

Tarasovic said that, throughout the year, members will enjoy educational and professional development with a network of other influential women who have a passion for the Valley.

“We will strategize and plan engaging fund-raising events with measurable results, and host and participate in volunteer projects that make a meaningful impact for women and children,” added Tarasovic. “Women United has pledged to help address Valley United Way’s mission to address food insecurity here in our Valley.”

For more information, visit Valley United Way’s website www.valleyunitedway.org.