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Building Awareness to Build Prosperity

Nearly 300,000 people in our Richmond-Petersburg region live in economic vulnerability.  This means our people earn less than $24,200 and a working families of four earns about $48,500.  Serving as a United Way Cash Coach, we learned about the trade-offs and tough choices these families had to make because they consistently stayed financially stretched to […]

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RVA Gives a Darn

By Scott Bennett, United Way Young Leader Society Steering Committee Young professionals are shaping the way of the future.  They want to get more involved with the community (and they should).  RVA’s rising movers and shakers need to be understood.  They need to be heard.  Our region needs to know what they give a darn […]

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Richmond Regional Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

In August, United Way, in partnership with regional school districts, nonprofits, funders, libraries, and universities, launched the Richmond Regional Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which is aimed at increasing the number of kids in the Greater Richmond & Petersburg region who are reading proficiently by 3rd grade. Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end […]

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Uniting for a Happy and Healthy Life

Many United Way Young Leaders have called the Richmond & Petersburg region “home” all their lives. Others, like me, moved to RVA and had to seek out the friends and connections needed to build a long and healthy life here. When I first moved here, I was working from home and had exactly two friends […]

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Young Leader Spotlight: Eileen Jackson

Eileen Jackson, 2016-2017 Chair of the United Way Young Leaders Society and attorney at Williams Mullen, takes your questions and shares why she chooses to LIVE UNITED with the United Way Young Leaders Society. Question: What made you want to become involved with United Way? How long have you been a member of United Way […]

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I Love School Supply Drive Kick-off

The United Way Women’s Leadership Council kicked off this year’s I Love School Supply Drive early and in style! We teamed up with Radio 1, Paris Nicole of iPowerRichmond 92.1, and Walmart to kick off the drive during the tax free weekend. After announcing the drive to WLC members, James Taylor, CEO, and René Shepperson, […]

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