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

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 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.

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.

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Recent Opportunities

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.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

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.

Volunteer at one of the four locations:

Walmart – Forest Avenue (Richmond)
Walmart – Hancock Village Drive (Chesterfield)
Walmart – Hill Center Parkway (Ashland)
Sam’s Club – Southpark Boulevard (Colonial Heights)

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.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied and closely supervised by a parent or legal guardian.

Reading for Resilience Day of Action

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 9:45-11:15 a.m.
Where: Crestwood Elementary School, 7600 Whittington Drive, Richmond, VA 23225

United Way Volunteers 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. United Way will distribute literacy kits to encourage students to keep reading over the summer.

United Way Mural Project

When: Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Performance Learning Center, 201, East 9 Mile Road, Highland Springs, VA 23075

Do you want to inspire more students to graduate high school on time? Join United Way and Communities in Schools of Richmond to help paint a mural at the Performance Learning Center-Henrico, which helps students who have not been successful in a traditional classroom setting. This mural will be seen by students everyday and inspire them as they work through their courses. Volunteers will paint in traced letters and images, so no artistic ability is required.

This event is hosted by the United Way Young Leaders Society. All United Way supporters are welcome to come out and help more students succeed in school.

United Way Birthday Party

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: Thursday, May 24, 2018, 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Where: Fairfield Court Elementary School, 2510 Phaup Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Join United Way and celebrate the birthdays of students in Peter Paul Development Center’s afterschool program at Fairfield Court Elementary. Volunteers set-up the birthday party and join in the celebration by serving cupcakes, singing Happy Birthday and giving books as gifts. Bring your own school age children to join in the fun. Help make learning part of the celebration and support students at Fairfield Court Elementary!

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.

Ongoing Opportunities

MetroCASH

MetroCASH is always looking for volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering with or learning more about MetroCASH, visit our MetroCASH site 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.