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 volunteer@yourunitedway.org.

Upcoming Opportunities

Building Connections for Better Health

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Senior Connections Friendship Café at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2480 Batterson Road, Powhatan, VA 23139

Support connected & healthy older adults by volunteering with United Way at a Friendship Café! Senior Connections, a non-profit partner of United Way, hosts Friendship Cafés every week throughout our region where older adults connect with others, eat a meal, and engage in healthy activities. Following a brief training, United Way volunteers will connect with older adults at the Friendship Café by volunteering together to create cards for United Way Literacy Kits. Multigenerational volunteers will share stories from childhood and advice to succeed in school. They will pass along that wisdom to the next generation in a card for a kindergartener.

Strengthening Skills for Career Success

When: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Volunteer in support of teens becoming college- or career-ready, in partnership with United Way Young Leaders Society and Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond (BGCMR)! Following a brief training, volunteers will participate in an hour-long workshop to support the development of career readiness skills in teens participating in BGCMR’s Ready2Win program. Volunteers will assist middle and high schoolers in the program with building/improving a résumé, practicing and bettering interview skills and developing other related soft skills.

Teens will be split into young women & young men, so we will need a diverse group of volunteers! Volunteers can expect to support in a variety of ways – one-on-one, in small groups and on a panel.

Light refreshments will be provided.

United Way Literacy Kit Assembly

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. This event is now full. Please check below for other upcoming volunteer opportunities and events or email volunteer@yourunitedway.org.

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Join to support the second-to-last step in this year’s Literacy Kit efforts! Thanks to countless volunteers and advocates, United Way will distribute 1,500 Literacy Kits to rising kindergarteners and their families on Kindergarten Registration Day this year. Volunteers will finish assembling the kits and organize them to be delivered to schools in early April. 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.

You can learn more about the initiative here. If you are interested in donating new kindergarten books or organizing a book drive to help us reach our commitment of 1,500 Literacy Kits, check out our toolkit and e-mail Aimee Selleck.

United Way Literacy Kit Delivery

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Join to support the last step in this year’s Literacy Kit efforts! Thanks to countless volunteers and advocates, United Way will distribute 1,500 Literacy Kits to rising kindergarteners and their families on Kindergarten Registration Day this year. Volunteers will deliver boxes of completed Literacy Kits to schools along a route in the Greater Richmond and Petersburg region. 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.

Volunteers must:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Drive their own vehicle
  • Sign a waiver and media release

Routes will be dispersed throughout United Way’s service area, found here. Many routes will allow volunteers to finish up early.

You can learn more about the initiative here. If you are interested in donating new kindergarten books or organizing a book drive to help us reach our commitment of 1,500 Literacy Kits, check out our toolkit and e-mail Aimee Selleck.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Please contact April Wilson at wilsona@yourunitedway.org for available opportunities.

Leading the Way Home:

A Conversation on Housing Hosted by United Way

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Robinson Theater, 2903 Q Street, Richmond, VA 23223

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Leadership Circle. Please join us for an exclusive event focused on housing instability in our region and the impact of United Way and its partners. This event will feature:

Audrey Trussell
Vice President of Community Impact
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

Beth Vann-Turnbull
Executive Director
Housing Families First

Elaine Williams
Researcher
Advocates for Richmond Youth

Kelly King Horne
Executive Director
Homeward

 

Think + a Drink: Paths to Community Leadership

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Postbellum, 1323 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Have you thought about how you want to make a difference as a community leader in Richmond and the path to get there? Join United Way Young Leader Society to discuss paths to community leadership in Richmond. A cohort of United Way Young Leaders have done a deep dive over the last year to explore their own personal paths. There are many ways to take your interest in giving, advocating and volunteering to make a real difference as a community leader. Hear from our speakers and join the discussion:

  • United Way Board Member, James J. L. Stegmaier, Owner and Manager of G-O Strategies and former Chesterfield County Administrator
  • United Way Young Leader, Jamie Nowakowski, AVP Strategy & Delivery, Commercial Operations at Capital One

Recent Opportunities

STEM Night Stewards

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. This event is now full. Please check below for other upcoming volunteer opportunities and events or email volunteer@yourunitedway.org.

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 5:45-8:00 p.m.
Where: Falling Creek Middle School, 4724 Hopkins Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23234

Join United Way in supporting Communities in Schools of Chesterfield’s STEM Night for middle school students and families! United Way volunteers will engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) stations by facilitating activities. They may also assist with other aspects of the STEM night, such as dinner. You can support engagement and success in middle school, which are critical to keeping students on track for on-time graduation and preparing them to secure a self-sustaining job.

Volunteers will be given an overview and brief training prior to working with the students and families. STEM education skills are not required.

United Way Tax Assistance Program Materials Assembly

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 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

You can help more families in our region achieve financial well-being by preparing materials for United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Assembling binders of training materials is part of the needed behind-the-scenes work that enables United Way’s VITA program to serve over 3,400 households through free tax preparation and assistance.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn from program staff how they can further get involved this upcoming tax season.

Homeward Point-in-Time Count

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: HomeAgain’s Men’s Emergency Shelter, 11 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220

United Way is supporting Homeward, one of our funded partner agencies, with their annual event to collect data related to homelessness in our region. Homeward, the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the Greater Richmond region, coordinates a Point-in-Time (PIT) count of people experiencing homelessness each January, and this effort relies on the help of compassionate volunteers. The data collected is compiled both locally and nationally to inform planning, programs and funding.

Can’t join United Way at this time and site? For additional locations, dates and times, check out Homeward’s registration page.

Literacy Kit & Attendance Awards Assembly

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. This event is now full. Please check below for other upcoming volunteer opportunities and events or email volunteer@yourunitedway.org.

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 3:00-5:00 p.m. & 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Join United Way in assembling Literacy Kits and other supply bundles in support of improving attendance in our region! Chronic absenteeism creates and widens achievement gaps throughout elementary, middle and high school. Thus, partnering programs are working to ensure that students are attending school and able to read on grade-level by third grade, stay engaged in middle school and graduate high school.

With that, United Way volunteers are needed to support in a couple ways:

  1. Decorate and assemble Literacy Kits that will be donated as Attendance Awards to encourage and celebrate elementary students and families in RPS’ McKinney-Vento Program, among other distribution efforts.
  2. Assemble school supply kits to be donated as Attendance Awards for middle- and high-school students and families in the McKinney-Vento program.

Reading for Resilience

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. This event is now full. Please check below for other upcoming volunteer opportunities and events or email volunteer@yourunitedway.org.

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Where: Highland Springs Elementary School, 600 Pleasant Street, Highland Springs, VA 23075

United Way volunteers will read books and lead activities to help students identify the resilient behaviors shown by the diverse and empowered characters in the story. By volunteering, you will help children build critical literacy skills, inspire a love of learning and reinforce the resilient behaviors needed to succeed in school.

After a brief training, volunteers will split into pairs and be assigned to a classroom. You will read two books from the United Way Reading List, 10 Titles to Foster Resiliency in Young Children.

Strengthening Skills for Career Success

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 8:00-10:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Richmond Technical Center, 2020 Westwood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230

Join United Way in helping students of the Richmond Technical Center (RTC) become college- or career-ready! United Way volunteers will provide high schoolers enrolled in the vocational program with résumé preparation assistance as well as interview practice and improvement. Help support the crucial development of workplace readiness skills in young people receiving career and technical education within Richmond Public Schools.

Volunteers will be given a program overview and brief training prior to assisting the students. Refreshments will be provided at all sessions. This opportunity is coordinated in partnership with the RTC and Goodwill of Central and Coastal VA.

The Role of a Unifying Entity in a Nation Divided

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Robins Room, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Join fellow Alexis de Tocqueville Society members from across Virginia at an intimate luncheon with one of Virginia’s most well-known and respected historians, Dr. Edward L. Ayers. Dr. Ayers will explore parallels related to divisiveness in our country between the 1860s and today and the importance of a unifying entity like United Way.

Mentoring Kick-off

When: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Bee Cider, 1320 Summit Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230

United Way Young Leaders can go further in your development as a community leader with the United Way Young Leader Mentorship Program. With the guidance of a United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg Board of Directors member, United Way Young Leaders will dive deep into the many forms of community leadership.

On September 27, the United Way Young Leader Mentorship Program will kick-off at Blue Bee Cider. After networking time and opening remarks with past program participants, the mentee group will meet for the first time. The event is open to all current and former program participants and mentors. If you would like to participate, learn more and apply by September 15, 2018.

Leadership Circle Funding Announcement & Reception

When: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Where: Triple Crossing Brewing Company – Fulton, 5203 Hatcher Street, Richmond, VA 23231

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Leadership Circle. Please join us for a special reception to celebrate the announcement of United Way’s 2018-19 funded partners. This event will feature James Taylor, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, as he highlights the work of dozens of fantastic nonprofits in the upcoming funding cycle.

Think + a Drink: Steps to Success

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Three Notch’d Brewing Company, 2930 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230

Join us at Three Notch’d Brewing Company to learn more about United Way’s Steps to Success while enjoying a Three Notch’d beer with profits going to United Way. You can learn more about how you can get involved and engaged with United Way and make a difference in the lives of those in our community.

Steps to Success Early Learning Trail: Community Launch – Colonial Heights

When: Friday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Flora Hill Park, 300 Richmond Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Join United Way, ALDI and the Department of Recreation & Parks in launching to the Colonial Heights community a Steps to Success early learning trail! As one of two being installed and launched this fall, 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 10 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 10:15 am, guided walks to “break in” the trail, healthy refreshments, recreational equipment and an on-site playground.

Steps to Success Early Learning Trail: Community Launch – Richmond

When: Friday, October 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227

Join United Way, ALDI and the Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Facilities in launching to the Richmond community a Steps to Success early learning trail! As one of two being installed and launched this fall, 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 10 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 3:45 p.m., guided walks to “break in” the trail, healthy refreshments, recreational equipment and an on-site playground.

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Ongoing Opportunities

United Way Tax Assistance Program

United Way is always looking for volunteers to help with our VITA sites! If you are interested in volunteering with or learning more about our tax assistance program, please click here.

Literacy Kits

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.