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

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.

Strengthening Skills for Career Success

When:

Where: 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.

Reading for Resilience

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.

Literacy Kit & Attendance Awards Assembly

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. Thanks to the hard work of our supporters, we have collected enough school supplies to commit to more supply distributions in partnership with local agencies.

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.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Information Sessions

Richmond Info Sessions

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m. & Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Unit 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Petersburg Info Session

When: Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union, 110 Wagner Road, Petersburg, VA, 23805

Come learn more about United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and be part of a great team of volunteers! United Way’s VITA program offers free tax preparation for families and individuals with income of $55,000 or less.

You will also hear from existing volunteers and learn about the training options and certification requirements. Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome. Spanish/English bilingual preparers, retirees, students and those with financial backgrounds are highly encouraged to participate.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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
When:

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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.

Recent Opportunities

Little Free Library Revitalization

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Byrd Elementary School, 2704 Hadensville-Fife Road, Goochland, VA 23063

United Way Little Free Libraries are resources that provide free access to books to promote literacy for all community members. One of our current Little Free Libraries needs to be installed in a new partnering location and revitalized. With the help of volunteers, we will re-install, re-paint and re-stock the library. Please “dress for mess,” wear sturdy shoes and bring sun protection. No specific work skills are required.

Literacy Kit Drive Interest Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble – Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235

Join United Way for an informational meeting for those interested in holding a book/supply drive for the 2018-19 year! With the leadership and partnership of community volunteers like you, United Way will collect thousands of school supplies and books throughout the year and use them to build Literacy Kits for students  across the region. Be a part of the movement to make sure that all students in our community are prepared for kindergarten and reading on grade-level by third grade.

Book Fair Awareness Advocates & Story Hour Helpers

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble – Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235

During the week of August 17-24, United Way will host a Book Fair supported by Barnes & Noble. Books donated during this event  will be distributed through United Way programs throughout the year. To kick off the book fair, volunteers will encourage customers to support the event by donating and/or purchasing books in support of United Way, joining a Story Hour for young learners and families and participating in more day-of events, such as a Scavenger Hunt.

During Story Hour, volunteers will help participating children identify resilient behaviors shown by the diverse and empowered characters in the story. After a brief training, volunteers will read books, lead the young learners in quick activities and ask questions to reinforce the behaviors needed to overcome challenges and be successful.

Literacy Kit Materials Inventory and Assembly Prep

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, August 8, 2018, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Following United Way’s annual Literacy Kit Kick-Off, where we will collect thousands of donated school supply items, we will need volunteers to help organize all supplies and books. With the helping hands of volunteers, we will sort and prepare materials so they are ready for literacy kit assembly events in the future.

Literacy Kit Kickoff

When: August 3-5, 2018

United Way is preparing for a new school year with its annual Literacy Kit Kickoff during tax free weekend, August 3-5! At the kickoff, volunteers will help collect, sort and count donated school supplies at partnering Walmart locations. With the help of volunteers at this event, United Way will raise awareness of the importance of early literacy and continue the effort to ensure all kindergarten children have what they need to start school.

Building Connections for Better Health

When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Richmond Public Library – Hull Street Branch, 1400 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224

In Greater Richmond and Petersburg, more than 35,000 older adults live alone, meaning they are at risk of social isolation. After receiving a brief training, volunteers will connect with older adults while making cards for United Way Literacy Kits. Together, you will share stories from childhood and advice to succeed in school that you will pass along to the next generation in a card for a young student.

Please note that due to space constraints, volunteers will meet first at the Richmond Public Library, Hull Street Branch, 1400 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224. Volunteers will receive instructions and materials. We will walk one block to South Richmond Adult Day Center.

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.

Leadership Circle Luncheon

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
Where: ART 180, 114 West Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23220

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Leadership Circle. Please join us for a conversation about our region and United Way’s continued impact in the area. This event will feature James Taylor, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, and Marlene Paul, Executive Director of ART 180.

Petersburg Leadership Circle Reception

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Where: The Petersburg Library, 201 W. Washington St., Petersburg, VA 23803

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Leadership Circle. Please join us for a conversation about our region and the impact of United Way in the Petersburg area. This event will feature a presentation by James Taylor, CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.

Alexis de Tocqueville Society Exclusive Preview Breakfast

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Where: The Jefferson’s Hotel Flemish Room, 101 West Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Please join us for a special breakfast to preview and discuss the latest trends and data in our 2017-18 Indicators of Community Strength report. United Way’s Indicators report is a go-to resource for leaders across the region. This year, we have completely revamped the report to align with our new Steps to Success framework, and we hope you will join us to take an early look.

Music Unites 2018

When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: St. Michaels Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Richmond, VA 23060
Tickets: Click here to RSVP

For the fifth year in a row, the Symphony Musicians of Richmond will lend their talents to supporting United Way of greater Richmond & Petersburg.

We are proud to invite people across the region to enjoy a free evening of classical music played by the region’s most talented performers. This year, SMOR has invited Lawrence Loh, music director of the West Virginia Symphony and Symphoria, to lead a performance of Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony.

Admission to the event is free with a suggested donation of $10/person at the door. Click here to RSVP!

About the Performance:

What makes a piece of music classic? A classic touches the human spirit in a way that transcends the time and place of its creation. Join the Symphony Musicians of Richmond and conductor Lawrence Loh as we guide you through the remarkable emotional journey of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

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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.