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

Early Learning Field Trip Guides

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 9:00-11:15 a.m.
Where: Pine Camp Cultural Arts & Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227

Calling all volunteers excited to support early elementary students on their path to success in school and beyond! With your help, Kindergarteners and 1st graders from Ginter Park Elementary School will experience a field trip outdoors filled with interactive early learning opportunities. Following a detailed orientation, United Way volunteers will be empowered to work with students by:

  • guiding them through United Way’s Steps to Success Early Learning Trail – a series of signs in the park that provide prompts for quick early learning activities;
  • facilitating structured play to get students moving and having fun; and
  • reading a story that features diverse, empowered characters and asking students questions focused on building resilient skills.

This field trip is coordinated in partnership with Communities in Schools of Richmond and Ginter Park Elementary School.

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.

Women United Steps to Success Social

Focus on Basic Needs – Food, Safety & Housing

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Union Bank & Trust, 1021 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219

For the first ever Women United Steps to Success Social, United Way is partnering with Union Bank & Trust for an after hours social featuring the Basic Needs Met Step.

We hope you will join us to learn about several United Way programs and agencies within this Step, including 2-1-1, Children’s Home Society of Virginia and Virginia Supportive Housing.

Women United is a giving community for women who participate in United Way’s Leadership Circle & Alexis de Tocqueville Society.

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.

Recent Opportunities

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.

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.

Strengthening Skills for Career Success

When: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 5:00-7:00 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.

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.

Leadership Luncheon

More than just a walk in the park…

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2019, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: Pine Camp Cultural Arts & Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227

Please join us for a Leadership Luncheon at Pine Camp Cultural Arts & Community Center, home of one of the first United Way Steps to Success Early Learning Trails.

This early learning trail is made up of interactive signs, each prompting young learners to engage with their surroundings —from waddling like a duck to practicing counting with hopscotch. These signs empower parents, caregivers and communities to use everyday moments outdoors to prepare young learners for kindergarten, making it much more than just a walk in the park.

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Leadership Circle & Alexis de Tocqueville Society.

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

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.

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 the 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

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.