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.

How You Can Help This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a busy time for volunteers and nonprofit agencies alike. We’ve compiled a list of volunteer opportunities through United Way and our partner agencies, as well as a list of other ways you can help people this holiday season.

Upcoming Opportunities

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.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Returning Volunteer Training

When: Click here to choose your training date and register.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

This one 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 returning VITA Volunteers.

This is a one-day training refresher training for returning volunteers. Learn about the new tax law and refresh on all of the old material.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Greeter/Screener Training

When: Click here to choose your training date and register.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Volunteers will receive reference materials and the test/retest at the training along with information about VITA sites. All certification tests are open book. By the end of this training you will be familiar with the Intake/Interview Form and the screening process.

This is a training for new and returning volunteers who will serve in the Greeters/Screeners.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program New Volunteer Training

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. Once completed, first time volunteers are encouraged to attend the Advanced tax law training. In testing, one does not need to certify at Basic before certifying at the Advance level.

This is a two day training that is recommended for all first-time VITA Volunteers.

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

Reading for Resilience with RVA Reads

When: Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 9:15-10:30 a.m.
Where: Blackwell Preschool Learning Center, 238 East 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23224

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is teaming up with RVA Reads, a program of Richmond Public Library, to read at public preschools in the City of Richmond. Volunteers will read a story from United Way’s Fostering Resilience Reading List and a book from RVA Reads, which students can take home with them. By volunteering, you will help children build critical literacy skills and bring the joy of books and learning to more Richmond families this holiday season.

Volunteers should arrive between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. to sign-in with the school. All volunteers must present a valid Virginia State ID to the school and pass the school’s background check to participate. After a brief training, volunteers will be assigned to a classroom.

Can’t make it on December 11th or 12th? You can also volunteer throughout the year with RVA Reads at these and other preschool centers by emailing Barbara Crump.

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.

United Way Tax Assistance Program Materials Assembly

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 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.

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.

Steps to Success Early Learning Trail Install Crew

When: Friday, October 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Flora Hill Park, 300 Richmond Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

A Steps to Success early learning trail helps parents, caregivers and communities use everyday moments outdoors to boost school readiness of children in their preschool years. Join United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg for its first installation of this project – a series of ten signs with expert-approved learning games, each with fun and easy activities for children and adults to do together. Volunteer tasks include: attaching signs to posts, using a post hole digger to dig holes, setting signs in holes using concrete, painting stenciled activities onto the pathway and assembling and installing a park bench.

Lunch will be provided. Please “dress for mess,” wear sturdy shoes and bring sun protection. No specific work skills are required.

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.