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

Literacy Kit Drive Meet-Up

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Join United Way for an informational meeting for those interested in holding a book and/or supply drive for the 2019-20 year! With the leadership and partnership of community volunteers like you, United Way will collect thousands of schools supplies and books throughout the year and use them to build more than 1,500 Literacy Kits for rising kindergarten and early elementary students across the region. Be a part of the movement to make sure that all students in our region are prepared for kindergarten and reading on grade-level by third grade.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Recent Opportunities

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.

Reading for Resilience

When: Thursday, July 25, 2019, 8:45-10:30 a.m.
Where: Southside Elementary School, 10305 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841

Volunteers will read books and lead an activity to rising kindergarten students to help them identify the resilient behaviors shown by diverse and empowered characters in the story! By volunteering, you will reinforce positive behaviors needed to succeed in school and beyond. After a brief training, volunteers will read in small groups to 4-5 year olds. You will read two books from the United Way Reading List, 10 Titles to Foster Resilience in Young Children. Volunteers will lead the students in an additional, short activity and ask them questions to help connect to the resilient behaviors shown in the story.

United Way Day of Action: Mural Mayhem!

Do you want to inspire more students to succeed in school and graduate high school on time? Join United Way and school partners to help paint an indoor mural in support of success in school and beyond. This mural will be seen by students every day and will motivate them as they work through their courses. Volunteers will paint in traced letters and images, so no artistic ability is required.

This volunteer-supported effort is led by the United Way Young Leaders Society. All United Way supporters are encouraged to register, join and help students along their steps to success!

Thanks to our partners for making our Day of Action possible!

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.

Women United Steps to Success Social

Focus on Grade-level Reading by Third Grade

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Maggi Beckstoffer’s Home in Scott’s Addition

For our summer Women United social, we invite you to join us and bring a friend to learn more about the Grade-level Reading by Third Grade component of our Steps to Success.

With 28.8% of children in our region not passing the third grade reading SOL, United Way remains committed to providing resources and support to students in communities across our region while also educating individuals about the importance of this milestone.

Attendees will hear from United Way staff about our year-round Literacy Kit efforts, which will kick off in August. We will also be joined by Stephanie Bassett from Peter Paul Development Center to share about their critical work in promoting student success in the East End.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.