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.

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

Upcoming Opportunities

United Way Literacy Kit Assembly

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

United Way has collected books for literacy kits that need to be assembled before kindergarten registration day on April 19. Help prepare more children for kindergarten by assembling and organizing 1,400 literacy kits that will be distributed to approximately 20 targeted schools in our region. If you are interested in running your own book drive or donating books, visit our book drive site here.

United Way Literacy Kit Distribution

Richmond Distribution

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Petersburg Distribution

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, Petersburg Office, 1964 Wakefield Street, Petersburg, VA 23805

United Way has collected books and assembled literacy kits that need to be distributed to targeted elementary schools before kindergarten registration day on April 19. Help prepare more children for kindergarten by delivering and distributing these literacy kits to schools throughout our region. If you are interested in running your own book drive or donating books, visit our book drive site here.

Volunteers must:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Drive their own vehicle
  • Sign a waiver and media release

For questions, please contact volunteer@yourunitedway.org.

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.

Think + a Drink: Middle School Engagement

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Capital Ale House Music Hall, 619 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Middle school is a complicated time for students, but caring adults in the community can make a difference. At this “Think + a Drink” Happy Hour, hosted by United Way’s Young Leaders Society, you will hear from community leaders about how YOU can engage middle schoolers and make a difference in their lives and in your community.

Recent Opportunities

Homeward Point-in-Time Count

When: January 24 & 25, 2018

Times and locations vary – head to the registration page to get specific event details.

United Way is glad to work with Homeward as one of our funded agencies as they work on collecting data related to homelessness in our region.

Homeward, the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the Greater Richmond region, coordinates a point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness each January. This point-in-time count is used as data in our Indicator’s of Community Strength report as a related indicator for basic needs.

MetroCASH Materials Assembly

When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 3:30-5:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Help more families achieve financial well-being by preparing materials for United Way’s MetroCASH program. Assembling binders of training materials is part of the critical behind-the-scenes work that enables MetroCASH serve over 3,200 households each year.

If you are interested in learning more about MetroCASH, visit our site here.

Volunteer Opportunity: Holiday Helpers

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Circle Center, 4900 West Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23230

This holiday season, connect with older adults by helping them select and wrap gifts for their family members. 28.9 percent of older adults in our community live alone. At Circle Center’s Annual Holiday Shop, United Way volunteers escort older adults to different tables and help them pick out appropriate presents for their family members. Volunteers also help wrap presents. By volunteering, you can help ensure older adults are connected and healthy.

Reading For Resilience

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Where: Highland Spring Elementary School, 600 Pleasant St, Highland Springs, VA 23075

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 resilience needed to succeed in school.

United Way Young Leaders Society Holiday Party

When: Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Home of the United Way Young Leader AnnMarie Wakely
RSVP:
Email Emily Watkins to RSVP!

Join us to celebrate the holiday season and connect with other members of the United Way Young Leader Society. Not a member of the United Way Young Leaders Society? Learn more about us and join us in time for the party.

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.

Leadership Circle Luncheon

When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Greater Richmond ARCpark Patio, 3600 Saunders Ave., Richmond, VA 23227

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Leadership Circle. Please join us for a conversation about our region and the continued impact of United Way. This event will feature James Taylor, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, and John Walker, President and CEO of The Greater Richmond ARC.

Think + a Drink: Giving Tuesday

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Triple Crossing Fulton, 5203 Hatcher St., Richmond, VA 23231

The United Way Young Leaders Society hosts the happy hour series, Think + a Drink, to inform and inspire emerging community leaders. On Giving Tuesday, hear from young philanthropists about why and how they give. Connect with your peers who are making a difference through giving, advocating and volunteering.

Think + a Drink: Supporting our Region’s Schools

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Flora, 203 N. Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220

The United Way Young Leaders Society hosts the happy hour series, Think + a Drink, to inform and inspire emerging community leaders. Young leaders gathered to learn more about how we can support our region’s public schools. Participants heard from leaders with different vantage points and connected with members of the United Way Young Leaders Society.