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.

Important Message

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.

Upcoming Opportunities

Cards of Encouragement

Remote Opportunity, Ongoing

In addition to making a donation to the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, 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 volunteer@yourunitedway.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 Young Leaders Society’s COVID-19 Conversation

When: Wednesday, May 6, 5:00 p.m.; Advanced Registration Required

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.

Join our Zoom call to share, connect with others and learn more. Check out our COVID-19 response efforts and share your questions in advance to Emily Watkins at watkinse@yourunitedway.org.

United Way Steps to Success Awards

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 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 second Steps to Success Awards, which will take place in conjunction with United Way’s Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting.

The Steps to Success Awards will celebrate another year of United Way’s impact, while recognizing the important role that outstanding individuals and partner organizations have played in supporting our work in the region.

This event will be an excellent 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 important programs, generous and hardworking volunteers and the people in our area that are creating real change as we work to address some of our region’s toughest challenges.

Recent Opportunities

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.

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.

Panelists:

Faithea Flowers Foster
Association Director of Aging Well | YMCA of Greater Richmond

Sally Graham
Executive Director | Goochland Cares

Lee Householder
CEO | project:HOMES

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

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.