The third goal of THRIVE is to increase public awareness of financial stability issues and advocate for greater access to financial stability opportunities. THRIVE utilizes various communications channels to educate and engage community stakeholders, the general public and local decision-makers about the value of promoting financial stability, including a blog.
This week, the THRIVE Collaborative, led by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, awarded its first grants to help families in our region become more financially stable. Check out this article in the Richmond-Times Dispatch to learn more.
I’m fairly new to the non-profit and fundraising world and therefore, have been spending a lot of my time reading as much as I can to expand my knowledge base. For those of you that haven’t met me, prior to joining United Way I taught kindergarten in a Title I, low-income school for three years. […]
Charity and philanthropy: Would you consider them to be synonymous? Which would you use when describing United Way as an organization? Up until recently, I understood the two words to be the same. By examining the etymology of the two words more closely, however, it becomes clear that there are subtle nuances amongst the two. […]
By Betty Hobbs, Director of Community Impact: Southside What can you do about a community full of food deserts? Many people feel this situation is hopeless, and there are no solutions. However, in Petersburg, a group of knowledgeable, caring folks have demonstrated something can be done to address the shortage of healthy foods in their community. They […]
Today, Richmond Public Schools opens registration for 3 & 4 year old preschool through its Head Start and Virginia Preschool Initiative Programs. The tagline, “Preschool is Real School,” addresses the ambivalence some adults feel toward early childhood education. Last fall, a Vanderbilt study caused controversy when it revealed that the gains made by a group of Tennessee Head Start students […]
Despite common misconceptions, most parents care about their children’s educational success but often don’t understand the negative consequences of missing school. A recent survey by the Ad Council and California Attorney General’s Office sheds light on how parents really feel about their kids’ school attendance. The survey found that many parents do not fully understand […]
If you’re like me, the April 15 tax deadline can raise a lot of different emotions: happiness about getting a refund, anger about owing money to the IRS and uncertainty over completing tax forms. Even with help, filing a tax return can be a daunting task. You’re always worried you might make a mistake and […]
When I was five years old, I showed up to for kindergarten orientation at the wrong school. Yep. My parents, both well-educated, working professionals, were new to the community, having moved to the Shenandoah Valley for my dad’s job as a minister the year before. I was their first child and this was their introduction to the public school […]
Jamie Thomson, from MassMutual Financial Group, answers your questions and discusses why she chooses to LIVE UNITED. Question: What made you want to become involved with United Way and, more specifically, Young Leaders Society? How long have you been a member? Samantha Thurman actually reached out to me right before the inception of YLS and […]
With 138,852 people in our region living in poverty, our community has some real challenges. Like many of you, I want to be part of the solution to help more families achieve financial security. I want to do more than text a $10 donation or join some activist’s facebook group, I want to have a […]