The purpose of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is to mobilize people, multiply investments, and maximize opportunities so people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives.


Legal Aid provides free legal assistance in civil matters to low-income and elderly residents. They handle cases involving housing, divorce, custody, spousal, adoptions, consumer, public benefits/welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, social security, elderly, unemployment compensation, rights of the handicapped and wills. Their service area covers the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, and the counties of Charles City (elderly only), Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Goochland and Powhatan.

Program Supported by the United Way Community Fund:

Legal aid services for older adults
concentrates in the areas of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare issues, disability planning, guardianship, consumer and debt problems, estate issues, real property problems, and landlord-tenant law. The program offers telephone advice, in-person counseling with a staff attorney, emergency assistance, preparation of documents such as powers of attorney and deeds, and full representation before administrative agencies and in court.