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

Strengthening Skills for Career Success

When: Tuesday, October 12, 19 & 26, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Join us for Strengthening Skills for Career Success in October! The United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg is partnering with the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to instill career readiness skills for students throughout the city. This virtual event will connect volunteers with young people to develop resume-building skills, hone confidence for that big interview, and develop other skills to make their candidacy shine. A 30-minute virtual training will be provided beforehand. Interested volunteers should have firsthand experience with job-seeking, the ability to access Zoom, and an appetite for supporting career-readiness for young people. For additional details and registration, click here.

Literacy Kits Assembly

When: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: United Way Office

Support kindergarten readiness throughout Richmond and central Virginia by helping assemble Literacy Kits! United Way Literacy Kits are distributed throughout the region to 11 school districts and help provide students with books, supplies, and family resources to support school readiness. We are looking for volunteers to help sort incoming supplies, decorate Literacy Kit boxes, and then assemble finished kits for distribution. For additional details and registration, click here.

Cards of Encouragement

Remote Opportunity, Ongoing

United Way volunteers can pass along their care and encouragement to the critical front-line organizations and individuals helping others through the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

Email watkinse@yourunitedway.org with your name, the name of your group (if applicable) and the anticipated number of cards to be created to get started.

Literacy Kits

Remote Opportunity, Ongoing

If you are interested in donating Literacy Kits this year from home, watch our video tutorial on how to create a United Way Literacy Kit below, or read about the decorating process here.

If you or your organization are interested in finding out more on how to become involved with United Way Literacy Kits, contact Emily Watkins (watkinse@yourunitedway.org).

This is an exclusive opportunity for members of our Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Leadership Circle.

When: Thursday, September 9, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Bee Cider

Like most organizations, it has been a while since we have hosted an in-person event. Since the pandemic began in 2020, we have kept you up to date on important United Way initiatives such as our Kindergarten Countdown Camp, Start Up for Success and our 2021 Steps to Success Awards. This event will provide an opportunity for leaders from United Way and our nonprofit partners to speak directly with our most committed donors and share stories that demonstrate the importance of our work and your gift. We are excited to talk about where we are headed as we continue to help the community recover from the effects of the pandemic.

For more information contact Heather Farber at farberh@yourunitedway.org.

There are no events currently scheduled. Please check back soon for future events.

Hanover Safe Place: Upstanding Youth – Advocates for a Healthy Hanover

Hanover Safe Place is offering a teen leadership program designed to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault by empowering teens with the skills to create lasting change in their communities. This year-long program is available to all high-school aged teenagers living in Hanover County. Interested teenagers should apply here before the September 15th deadline. For more information, contact Elena Brooks-Perkins, Director of Community Engagement, at community@hanoversafeplace.com.

Recent Opportunities

Literacy Kit Drive Meet-Up

Volunteers lead every step of the Literacy Kit process, from holding drives, assembling and decorating kits to ultimately delivering the kits. Last year, with your help, we delivered over 2,000 United Way Literacy Kits to 11 school district partners. We need your help again this year! You can join us in-person at our United Way office by clicking here, or register to join us virtually by clicking here. We hope you will join us to learn more about how you can get involved with our United Way Literacy Kit efforts.

Literacy Kit Assembly for Kindergarten Countdown Camp

Volunteers will support school readiness in our community by helping assemble Literacy Kits for rising kindergarteners after they complete Kindergarten Countdown Camp this summer. Students will receive a new backpack containing five age-appropriate books, school supplies and information for families to support kindergarten readiness. Volunteers will assist with assembling these Literacy Kits and write Cards of Encouragement for the soon-to-be kindergarteners. For additional details and registration, click here.

Little Free Library Restock

We are teaming up with Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Book Bank to engage United Way volunteers in increasing access to books for all community members through a restock of Little Free Libraries. Volunteers will pick up boxes of donated books and deliver the books to one of the Little Free Libraries throughout our service area.

Boxes of books donated by CMoR’s Book Bank will be available for pick-up on Monday, June 21, between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Literacy Kit Delivery

Help us deliver this year’s Literacy Kits to school districts across our region. Thanks to countless volunteers and advocates, we will distribute 1,500+ United Way Literacy Kits to families and young learners in support of prepared for kindergarten and reading on grade-level. Volunteers will pick up boxes of completed Literacy Kits from United Way’s office and deliver the kits to schools along a route in the Greater Richmond and Petersburg region.

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 9 – 11 a.m.

When: Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 9 – 11 a.m.

When: Thursday, April 1, 2021, 9 – 11 a.m.

When: Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 9 – 11 a.m. 

Young Leaders Society Event

When: Tuesday, May 25, 2021; 12:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Join the United Way Young Leaders Society to learn more about United Way’s Steps to Success, College or Career Ready, in order to be better informed community advocates and better prepared volunteers. We will hear from service providers and experts in the field about some of our local challenges and solutions in this issue area.

Meet the United Way Board

Zoom Event, March 17, 2021; 11:00 a.m.

We are pleased to invite you to our United Way Board Panel Discussion. Our most generous and committed donors will hear from United Way’s CEO, James Taylor, and a panel of board members as they discuss United Way’s work in the year since COVID-19 hit our community and the challenges that lie ahead.

Panelists:

Jay Stegmaier
Chesterfield County, Retired

Corynne Arnett
Dominion Energy, Senior Vice President 

Lakshmi Algappan
EY, Assurance Partner

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Leadership Circle & Alexis de Tocqueville Society.

Click here to receive updates

Ongoing Opportunities

United Way Tax Assistance Program

United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is looking for volunteers to support select in-person tax sites as well as a new virtual tax assistance service. Volunteers are asked to serve 2-4 hours per week when the season opens in late January 2021. Virtual training classes will start in December. You can learn more here and get started by completing our volunteer interest form.

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 you get started.