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

Story Time & Literacy Kit Decorating

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Join United Way for a family volunteer opportunity this holiday season. To help introduce volunteering to children, we will begin with reading a story of a young person serving others and finding a sense of community in all kinds of ways. Following the story time, the young volunteers (and supporting adults) will decorate Literacy Kits and assist with other small service opportunities.

All ages are welcome. The story content is best suited for pre-K – 3rd graders, though anyone interested is encouraged to join!

Can’t make it, but still want to volunteer with your children? Check out United Way’s Reading Lists and put together United Way Literacy Kits at home.

Reading for Resilience at RPS Family Academy

When: Monday, December 9, 2019. 2:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: MLK Preschool Center, 900 Mosby Street, Richmond, VA 23223

After a brief on-site training, volunteers will read stories aloud to students while helping them identify resilient behaviors displayed by characters throughout the stories. After the story, students will be lead through follow-up activities that reinforce the lessons learned by the stories’ characters.

United Way VITA Information Sessions

Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

When: Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Learn more about United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and be part of a great team of volunteers. At this training you will hear from existing volunteers, learn about the training options and receive information about certification requirements. Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome. Spanish/English bilingual preparers, retirees, students and those with financial backgrounds are highly encouraged to participate.

United Way’s VITA program offers free tax preparation for families and individuals with income of $56,000 or less.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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United Way VITA Greeter/Screener Training

Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

When: 

  • Monday, December 16, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 6, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This is a training for new and returning volunteers who will serve in the Greeter/Screener role. By the end of this training you will be familiar with the Intake/Interview Form and the screening process. Volunteers will receive reference materials and the test/retest at the training along with information about VITA sites. All certification tests are open book.

Dinner will be provided.

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United Way VITA Quality Review Training

When: Monday, January 13, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

This is a training for returning volunteers who will serve in the Quality Review role at a tax site. By the end of this training you will be familiar with the Quality Review process and be able to effectively serve in this role.

Dinner will be provided.

United Way VITA New Volunteer Training

Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

When: 

Note: Must be present for both days of training from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

This two day training will cover the information necessary for a volunteer to pass the IRS certification test at the Basic level. Volunteers will receive reference materials and the test/retest at the training along with information about VITA sites. All certification tests are open book; the focus not on memorization but to learn how to use the reference materials.

This training is recommended for all first-time VITA Volunteers. Once completed, first time volunteers are encouraged to complete the Advanced tax law training online. In testing, one does not need to certify at Basic before certifying at the Advanced level.

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

United Way VITA Returning Volunteer Training

Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

When: 

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

This one day training will cover the information necessary for a volunteer to pass the IRS certification tests. Volunteers will receive reference materials and the test/retest at the training along with information about VITA sites. All certification tests are open book; the focus not on memorization but to learn how to use the reference materials.

This training is recommended for all returning VITA Volunteers.

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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There are no United Way Giving Community events currently scheduled. Please check back soon for future events.

There are no United Way events currently scheduled. Please check back soon for future events.

Recent Opportunities

Reading for Resilience

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Where: Highland Springs Elementary School, 600 Pleasant Street, Highland Springs, VA 23075

Strengthen our community by reinforcing resilience in young learners! United Way volunteers will read books and lead activities to help elementary students identify the resilient behaviors shown by diverse and empowered characters in the stories. By volunteering, you will help inspire a love of learning through story, build critical literacy skills in school and reinforce the resilient behaviors needed to thrive along one’s steps to success.

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.

Please note: All volunteers must present a valid Virginia State ID to the school and pass the school’s background check.

Little Free Library Restock

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Join United Way to increase access to books and school supplies for all community members! Volunteers will help distribute books and school supplies to United Way partners around the region. After counting and sorting supplies donated to United Way, volunteers will drive their own vehicles to deliver them.

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.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Literacy Kit Kickoff

When: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Where: Partnering Walmart locations throughout our region

Join us as we kick off another year of Literacy Kits during tax free weekend, in support of young learners in our region being prepared for kindergarten and reading on grade-level by third grade. Each United Way Literacy Kit includes school supplies, an age-appropriate book and information for parents to empower families around school readiness and literacy. We are currently looking for lead volunteers and general volunteers for each site.

At the Kickoff, all volunteers will help collect, sort and count donated school supplies at partnering Walmart locations. Each Walmart location will be supported by two lead volunteers and a group of general volunteers.

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.

Speakers include:

James Taylor
President & CEO | United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

Shannon Venable
President & CEO | Children’s Museum of Richmond

Jamie Nowakowski
AVP Strategy & Delivery, Commercial Operations | Capital One

This is a closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Young Leaders Society.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.