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

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

The holidays are a perfect opportunity to give the gift of your time to organizations that need an extra hand. We’ve compiled a list of volunteer opportunities from United Way partner agencies around the region. You can find our full list of our Holiday Volunteer Opportunities and additional details here.

Literacy Kits

Remote Opportunity, Ongoing

If you are interested in donating Literacy Kits this year from home, watch our video tutorial on how to create a United Way Literacy Kit below, or read about the decorating process here.

If you or your organization are interested in finding out more on how to become involved with United Way Literacy Kits, contact Aimee Selleck (sellecka@yourunitedway.org).

Cards of Encouragement

Remote Opportunity, Ongoing

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 sellecka@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 Virtual Gathering

Zoom Event; December 1, 2020; 4 p.m.

United Way’s Young Leaders Society is a giving community which brings together the next generation of community leaders and focuses on creating a better Richmond and Petersburg region for us all. This Giving Tuesday, join us to hear from our YLS Chair, Arica Jackson of UPS, and others about why they choose to give, advocate and volunteer with United Way.

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

Hygiene Kits for Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond 

Throughout COVID-19, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond has continued supporting youth and their families through continued relationship-building, food distribution, academic outreach and resources, and more. To continue their work, in-kind donations like wellness care packages for BGCMR families in our community are needed to best support their health and well-being during this challenging and uncertain time.

Needed items included: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, liquid soap, shampoo, deodorant, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and water bottles.

BGCMR are currently asking that kits be sent to:

5511 Staples Mill Road, Suite 301, Richmond, VA 23228

If you have any additional questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact volunteer@yourunitedway.org.

Recent Opportunities

Little Free Library Installations

Now more than ever, having access to learning resources outside of the classroom is critical. We invite you to join us in support of literacy in our community by installing a United Way Little Free Library. These projects are being done in collaboration with partners throughout United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg’s service area.

When: November 2020
Where:
Pine Camp Cultural Arts & Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227

When: October 2020
Where: YWCA’s Sprout School, 1101 Bainbridge Street, Richmond, VA 23224

When: Thursday, October 1, 10a.m. -12 p.m.
Where: Green Acres Mobile Home Park, 7901 Boydton Plank Road, Lot 99, Petersburg, VA, 23803

When: Friday, October 2, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Where: Housing Families First’s Hillard House, 3900 Nine Mile Rd, Richmond, VA 23223

When: Thursday, October 8, 9 -11 a.m. 
Where: Pine Fork Park, 6385 Pine Fork Road, New Kent, VA 23124

When: Tuesday, October 13, 1 -3 p.m.
Where: Crimson Clinic at Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg, VA, 23805

Little Free Library Restock

When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Where: Peter Paul Development Center & ChildSavers  

When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:15–10:00 a.m.
Where: Sacred Heart Center 

When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Where: Byrd Elementary School

When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:45–10:45 a.m. 
Where: Bellwood Elementary School

Join United Way in increasing access to books for all community members through a restock of our Little Free Libraries. Interested volunteers will pick up boxes of donated books from United Way’s office in a contact-free manner, load up their personal vehicle and deliver the donations to at least one partner in our region where a United Way Little Free Library is located. Volunteers will restock the Little Free Library and drop off donations with the organization.

Strengthening Skills for Career Success

When: Thursday, October 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m. 
Where: Zoom

Virtual Literacy Kit Drive Meet-Up

When: Monday, August 31 from 4-5 p.m.
Where: Zoom

We are kicking off another cycle of United Way Literacy Kits! For our first opportunity in support of this initiative, we’re inviting you to our Virtual Literacy Kit Drive Meet-Up. This event will bring together volunteers to learn from one another and hear from United Way about the best ways to support United Way Literacy Kits this year. Register here.

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.

Nonprofit Healthcare: A Community-Focused Response to COVID-19

When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you are invited to an exclusive online discussion about the ways in which local nonprofit healthcare organizations are managing during this unprecedented time.

Panelists:

Julie Bilodeau
Crossover Healthcare Ministry, CEO

Thelma Bland Watson, Ph.D.
Senior Connections, Executive Director 

Jim Beckner 
Access Now, Executive Director

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

United Way Young Leaders Society’s COVID-19 Conversation

When: Wednesday, May 6, 5:00 p.m.

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.

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.

United Way Steps to Success Awards

United Way’s 2020 Steps to Success Awards celebration was originally scheduled to be held at the Jefferson Hotel in conjunction with United Way’s Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting.

However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have shifted to a virtual celebration that will recognize the terrific accomplishments of our winners and nominees in a safe and healthy way. We look forward to sharing more information about our virtual awards celebration later this summer.

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’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is looking for volunteers to support select in-person tax sites as well as a new virtual tax assistance service. Volunteers are asked to serve 2-4 hours per week when the season opens in late January 2021. Virtual training classes will start in December. You can learn more here and get started by completing our volunteer interest form.

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.