Events & Volunteer Opportunities
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg makes it easy to get involved with a variety of opportunities throughout the year. Many of these are events and volunteer opportunities, while others are exclusive events for members of our Giving Communities.
We update this page with new events and volunteer opportunities all the time. Check out our upcoming opportunities below to see what you can do to get involved. If you have a question or are looking for a specific opportunity, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are closely monitoring the global spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. There have been a number of changes to our event schedule as a result. Click here for the latest news and information.
Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
The holidays are a perfect opportunity to give the gift of your time to organizations that need an extra hand. We’ve compiled a list of volunteer opportunities from United Way partner agencies around the region. You can find our full list of our Holiday Volunteer Opportunities and additional details here.
Remote Opportunity, Ongoing
If you or your organization are interested in finding out more on how to become involved with United Way Literacy Kits, contact Aimee Selleck (email@example.com).
Remote Opportunity, Ongoing
United Way volunteers can pass along their care and encouragement to the critical front-line organizations and individuals helping others through the ongoing effects of COVID-19.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the name of your group (if applicable) and the anticipated number of cards to be created to get started.
There are no Tax Assistance Program Volunteer Opportunities currently scheduled. Please check back soon for future events.
United Way’s Young Leaders Society is a giving community which brings together the next generation of community leaders and focuses on creating a better Richmond and Petersburg region for us all. This Giving Tuesday, join us to hear from our YLS Chair, Arica Jackson of UPS, and others about why they choose to give, advocate and volunteer with United Way.
There are no events currently scheduled. Please check back soon for future events.
Hygiene Kits for Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond
Throughout COVID-19, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond has continued supporting youth and their families through continued relationship-building, food distribution, academic outreach and resources, and more. To continue their work, in-kind donations like wellness care packages for BGCMR families in our community are needed to best support their health and well-being during this challenging and uncertain time.
Needed items included: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, liquid soap, shampoo, deodorant, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and water bottles.
BGCMR are currently asking that kits be sent to:
5511 Staples Mill Road, Suite 301, Richmond, VA 23228
If you have any additional questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact email@example.com.
Little Free Library Installations
Now more than ever, having access to learning resources outside of the classroom is critical. We invite you to join us in support of literacy in our community by installing a United Way Little Free Library. These projects are being done in collaboration with partners throughout United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg’s service area.
When: November 2020
Where: Pine Camp Cultural Arts & Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227
When: October 2020
Where: YWCA’s Sprout School, 1101 Bainbridge Street, Richmond, VA 23224
When: Thursday, October 1, 10a.m. -12 p.m.
Where: Green Acres Mobile Home Park, 7901 Boydton Plank Road, Lot 99, Petersburg, VA, 23803
When: Friday, October 2, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Where: Housing Families First’s Hillard House, 3900 Nine Mile Rd, Richmond, VA 23223
When: Thursday, October 8, 9 -11 a.m.
Where: Pine Fork Park, 6385 Pine Fork Road, New Kent, VA 23124
When: Tuesday, October 13, 1 -3 p.m.
Where: Crimson Clinic at Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg, VA, 23805
Little Free Library Restock
When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Where: Peter Paul Development Center & ChildSavers
When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:15–10:00 a.m.
Where: Sacred Heart Center
When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Where: Byrd Elementary School
When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:45–10:45 a.m.
Where: Bellwood Elementary School
Join United Way in increasing access to books for all community members through a restock of our Little Free Libraries. Interested volunteers will pick up boxes of donated books from United Way’s office in a contact-free manner, load up their personal vehicle and deliver the donations to at least one partner in our region where a United Way Little Free Library is located. Volunteers will restock the Little Free Library and drop off donations with the organization.
Strengthening Skills for Career Success
When: Thursday, October 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Virtual Literacy Kit Drive Meet-Up
When: Monday, August 31 from 4-5 p.m.
We are kicking off another cycle of United Way Literacy Kits! For our first opportunity in support of this initiative, we’re inviting you to our Virtual Literacy Kit Drive Meet-Up. This event will bring together volunteers to learn from one another and hear from United Way about the best ways to support United Way Literacy Kits this year. Register here.
United Way Literacy Kit Assembly & Organization
When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 3:30-5:00 p.m. & 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230
Thanks to countless volunteers and advocates, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg will distribute more than 1,500 Literacy Kits to rising kindergartners and their families on Kindergarten Registration Day in April 2020. Volunteers will assist with assembling Literacy Kits and other donation organization tasks. Each kit includes school supplies, an age-appropriate book, and information for parents to empower families to be prepared for kindergarten and reading on grade-level by third grade.
School Market Program Support
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Southside Elementary School, 10305 Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841
Volunteers will help set up the market, unload food items, assist residents in obtaining food items, welcome attendees, pack up all market items after the market closes and more. More than 13% of Dinwiddie County residents lack access to sufficient food. This can create stress and anxiety that make it difficult, if not impossible, to focus on work or school. Your support of this school market will help provide access to free, nutritious food for families of the Southside Elementary school zone.
Nonprofit Healthcare: A Community-Focused Response to COVID-19
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you are invited to an exclusive online discussion about the ways in which local nonprofit healthcare organizations are managing during this unprecedented time.
Crossover Healthcare Ministry, CEO
Thelma Bland Watson, Ph.D.
Senior Connections, Executive Director
Access Now, Executive Director
United Way Young Leaders Society’s COVID-19 Conversation
When: Wednesday, May 6, 5:00 p.m.
We invite you to virtually join members of the United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS) to learn more about our community’s needs and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Connect with United Way’s Vice President of Community Impact, Audrey Trussell, and other committed community members to discuss how our community is coming together. With your donation to United Way, all YLS members are already making a difference at this critical time for families and organizations across our region.
Staying Connected, Staying Healthy: A Panel on Aging
When: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Robinson Theater, 2903 Q Street, Richmond, VA 23223
You’re invited to join fellow Leadership Circle and Alexis de Tocqueville members for a panel discussion of older adult services in our region and the impact of United Way and its partners.
Faithea Flowers Foster
Association Director of Aging Well | YMCA of Greater Richmond
Executive Director | Goochland Cares
CEO | project:HOMES
The Future of Philanthropy
When: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Home of Dan and Amy Hudgens
Join United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Young Leaders Society members for a cocktail party at the home of 2018-19 board chair Dan Hudgens.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow United Way supporters and discuss both the impact and importance of United Way’s giving communities.
President & CEO | United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
President & CEO | Children’s Museum of Richmond
AVP Strategy & Delivery, Commercial Operations | Capital One
Women United Steps to Success Social
Focus on Connected & Healthy Older Adults
When: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Shannon Venable’s Home
Join us this fall for our Women United social focusing on the Connected & Health Older Adults Step.
With the knowledge that 1 in 4 older adults in our region live alone, we recognize the value of programs that support older adults in our community by preventing social isolation.
Attendees will learn how United Way supports the health and wellness of older adults in our region and find out more about how they can get involved in this effort. We will also hear from representatives and volunteers from Better Housing Coalition and project:HOMES – two of our funded partners within the Connected & Healthy Older Adults Step.
United Way Funding Announcement & Reception
When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – West Creek, 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive, Richmond, VA 23238
Help us kick off the fall by celebrating the announcement of United Way’s 2020-22 funded partners with fellow Leadership Circle and Alexis de Tocqueville Society members.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sample Hardywood’s local beers, enjoy refreshments and hear from United Way’s President & CEO, James Taylor, as he highlights the work of the terrific local nonprofits in United Way’s upcoming funding cycle.
United Way Steps to Success Awards
United Way’s 2020 Steps to Success Awards celebration was originally scheduled to be held at the Jefferson Hotel in conjunction with United Way’s Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting.
However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have shifted to a virtual celebration that will recognize the terrific accomplishments of our winners and nominees in a safe and healthy way. We look forward to sharing more information about our virtual awards celebration later this summer.
Steps to Success Early Learning Trail: Community Launch – Rockwood Park
When: Friday, June 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond, VA 23236
Join United Way, Genworth and Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation in launching to the Chesterfield community a Steps to Success Early Learning Trail! These trails help parents, caregivers and communities use everyday moments outdoors to boost school readiness of children in their preschool years. This interactive trail contains ten signs with expert-approved learning games, each with fun and easy activities for children and adults to do together.
Gather alongside fellow community members and celebrate this addition to the park. Enjoy a ribbon-cutting around 11:15 a.m., guided walks to “break in” the trail, healthy refreshments, recreational equipment and an on-site playground.
United Way Steps to Success Awards
When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: The Jefferson Grand Ballroom, 101 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220
United Way is pleased to announce the first annual Steps to Success Awards, which will take place in conjunction with United Way’s Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting.
At this awards ceremony, United Way will celebrate a year of success and impact, while recognizing the important role that outstanding individuals and partner organizations have played in supporting United Way’s efforts in the region.
This event will also be a great opportunity to learn about the breadth of United Way’s work and the impact we continue to have in the community. United Way will highlight impactful programs, the generous and caring spirit of volunteers and the individuals that are creating real change as we work to address some of our region’s toughest challenges.
United Way Tax Assistance Program
United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is looking for volunteers to support select in-person tax sites as well as a new virtual tax assistance service. Volunteers are asked to serve 2-4 hours per week when the season opens in late January 2021. Virtual training classes will start in December. You can learn more here and get started by completing our volunteer interest form.
You can help prepare children for kindergarten by hosting a United Way Literacy Kit Drive! Click here for ideas and tools to help get started.