The Wonder Women League has its first mission.
The affinity group of the United Way of Ellis County will complement the United Way’s fundraising and community impact projects, said Nancy Jeter, co-chair of the WWL and chair of this year’s United Way fundraiser.
In a ribbon cutting for the group Thursday afternoon, they introduced their first community project.
Following that event, Sherry Dryden, executive director of the United Way of Ellis County, gave an update on the annual fundraiser and offered herself for a fundraising stunt.
The WWL arose from an event in September, the Power of the Purse, in which a variety of purses were raffled as a fundraiser for United Way, she said.
“There are women in our community who have the time, who have the talent, and they have the resources that they could do so much more, but they don’t know where to go or how to help their community be a better place,” Jeter said.
“From that, the Wonder Women League was born,” she said.
Jeter asked Rhonda Meyerhoff to be her co-chair, she said, for her energy and expertise.
“This girl gets things done,” Jeter said.
Along with Jeter and Meyerhoff are 10 other founding members who have formed the group’s advisory committee. There will be a membership drive in April.
In the meantime, the group has chosen its first community impact project — creating a Born Learning Trail in Sunrise Park. The city of Hays and Adams, Brown Beran & Ball Certified Public Accountants has partnered with WWL on the project. Volunteers from ABBB will install and maintain the trail.
Born Learning is a nationwide project of the United Way to help advance early childhood learning. The trails offer 10 interactive signs and stations that offer fun learning opportunities. A hopscotch station, for example, can help children learn numbers and colors.
“It’s going to help parents and caregivers and grandparents to create quality engagement opportunities,” Meyerhoff said.
“The best part about it is it’s going to be free,” she said.
At a Hays Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours following the ribbon cutting, Dryden encouraged some extra giving to the annual campaign. For a donation, audience members could get a strip of duct tape to affix Dryden to the wall.
With several rolls worth of tape Dryden gave an update on the fundraiser.
“As of this morning we are at 87 percent” of the $450,000 goal, she said. “We would have been happy if we got to $415,000, which is where we were the last two years,” she said.
The campaign runs through the end of the month.