We are Richmond’s local United Way.

We are looking back on the many ways our local United Way has helped communities across the region in 2021. Keep reading to learn about United Way’s impact in Richmond this year, and please consider making a donation so we can continue helping Richmond in 2022.

Supporting Single Moms: New Program Provided $15,340 Childcare Scholarship for Single Mom in Richmond

The cost of childcare in Richmond is often more than $1,000 per month, per child. Our new scholarship program, WomenRise, takes away this massive expense for single moms, covering their childcare costs in full while they pursue post-secondary education. This year, we awarded a total of $65,000 in scholarships to six single moms in the area, including $15,340 for one Richmond mom working toward her degree in hospitality and tourism management. 

New Program Invested in Four Richmond Entrepreneurs

Start Up for Success is a new United Way program that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with social capital, training, coaching and start-up funding needed to bring their ideas to life and lead economic development in their community. This year, we helped four Richmond entrepreneurs launch or grow their businesses in fields from childcare to appliance repair and more. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Delivered $906,205 in Tax Refunds to 734 Richmond Households

Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax preparation services for families and individuals with income of $56,000 or less. Our team of trained staff and volunteers helped people throughout Richmond get their full refund and bring money back into the community. This year alone, United Way delivered $906,205 back into Richmond through tax refunds. 

4,537 Helpline Calls Answered*

211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages to essential health and human services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2021, 211 Virginia connected 4,537 Richmond residents with critical resources like healthcare, housing and rental assistance.  

$4.1 Million Invested in Richmond Nonprofits, 33,772 Residents Served

United Way is one of the largest nonprofit funding organizations in the region. Our current funding cycle is delivering $4.1 million to drive 64 programs at 48 local nonprofits serving thousands of Richmond residents. We partner with organizations like Housing Families First, which offers rapid re-housing of families experiencing homelessness, and FRIENDS Association for Children, which provides quality childcare services for preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Learn more about the programs we fund and our community investment process.    

210 Richmond Families Received United Way Literacy Kits

Throughout the year, United Way collects and assembles Literacy Kits for students in our region. Each kit includes school supplies, an age-appropriate book and information for families to help students improve their literacy skills. This year, 210 students and their families received United Way Literacy Kits. United Way volunteers came from every corner of Richmond, including places like Richmond Public Library, American Institute of Architects Richmond, Maggie Walker Governor’s School, UPS Freight and Bank of America.  

Help us continue to serve Richmond.

None of this work would have been possible without support from donors across the region. Please donate today so we can keep helping Richmond in 2022 and beyond.

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