History of the University City Women’s Group

The University City Women’s Group (UCWG) began at a meeting on May 12, 1987, at the University Memorial Hospital (now Atrium Health – University City.) Founders Sally Carlin and Debi Thomas wanted to get together with other women in the Northeast Mecklenburg area. Their goal was to provide an opportunity for women of varied backgrounds and experiences to develop friendships and to share their talents and skills toward the general progress and welfare of the region. Since then, UCWG has grown to meet the changing needs of its members and the community. We now have active representation in several area organizations and are called upon to aid many local interests and charities.

In February 1992, the UCWG had one of its proudest moments when the University City Regional Library opened before an audience of more than 1,500 people. The UCWG, along with many other groups, worked hard to bring the regional library to fruition.  The library continues to serve the community today in countless ways.

The UCWG has established a history of charitable works and donations. Since 1987, the UCWG has donated more than $235,000 to many worthy organizations by sponsoring fashion shows, cookbook sales, raffles, auctions, indoor garage sales, and other fundraising events. Beneficiaries include:

  • A Child’s Place
  • AGAPE Preschool
  • Alexander Youth Network
  • Answer Scholarship
  • Arthritis Fund
  • Assistance League of Charlotte
  • Beds for Kids
  • Carolinas Foundation for Oral Health
  • Charlotte Family Housing
  • Children’s Miracle Network
  • Classroom Central
  • Communities in Schools
  • Community Food Rescue
  • Dress for Success
  • Florence Crittenden
  • Foster Village Charlotte
  • Friendship Trays
  • Giving Tree
  • Greater Charlotte SPCA
  • Hinds’ Feet Farm
  • Hope Haven Inc
  • Hope House Foundation
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Hospice at Charlotte
  • Hurricane Floyd Relief Fund
  • Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage
  • Kids Rein
  • KinderMourn
  • Latta Plantation
  • Lily Pad Haven, Inc.
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • My Sister’s House
  • Nellie Love Fund at Vance High School
  • Nevin Center
  • Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center
  • Presbyterian Hospital Fund For Buddy Kemp Caring House
  • Present Age Ministries
  • Red Cross 9/11 Fund
  • Right Moves for Youth
  • Salvation Army 9/11 Fund
  • Samaritan House
  • Serenity House
  • Shelter for Battered Woman
  • Shelter Health Services
  • Shriner’s Children’s Hospital
  • Augustine Project
  • Success by Six
  • Susan B. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research
  • Terri’s Giving Tree
  • Thompson’s Children’s Home
  • UNC Charlotte Department of Music/Band
  • University City Library
  • University Memorial Hospital Pediatric Playroom
  • USO at Charlotte Douglas Airport

The continued growth of the UCWG is due to the energy and dedication of its members, and to the recognition and support by the University City Community.

The University City Women’s Group is grateful to all the women who have united to make our organization a highly visible and respected part of the University area of Mecklenburg County.