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

United Way Day of Action: Mural Mayhem!

Chesterfield

When: Friday, June 21, 2019, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Meadowbrook High School, 4901 Cogbill Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23234

Henrico

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where:
The GRAD Center, 2915 Williamsburg Road, Henrico, VA 23231

Petersburg

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg, VA 23805

Richmond

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Richmond Public Schools’ McKinney-Vento Program, 119 West Leigh Street, 3rd Floor – Suite 301, Richmond, VA 23220

Do you want to inspire more students to succeed in school and graduate high school on time? Join United Way and school partners to help paint an indoor mural in support of success in school and beyond. This mural will be seen by students every day and will motivate them as they work through their courses. Volunteers will paint in traced letters and images, so no artistic ability is required.

This volunteer-supported effort is led by the United Way Young Leaders Society. All United Way supporters are encouraged to register, join and help students along their steps to success!

Thanks to our partners for making our Day of Action possible!

Reading for Resilience at Kindergarten Countdown Camp

When: Thursday, July 25, 2019, 8:45-10:30 a.m.
Where: Southside Elementary School, 10305 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841

Volunteers will read books and lead an activity to rising kindergarten students to help them identify the resilient behaviors shown by diverse and empowered characters in the story! By volunteering, you will reinforce positive behaviors needed to succeed in school and beyond. After a brief training, volunteers will read in small groups to 4-5 year olds. You will read two books from the United Way Reading List, 10 Titles to Foster Resilience in Young Children. Volunteers will lead the students in an additional, short activity and ask them questions to help connect to the resilient behaviors shown in the story.

United Way’s Kindergarten Countdown Camp is a free, four-week summer program for incoming kindergarten students with limited to no preschool experience. In partnership with Dinwiddie County Public Schools, this program will provide students with the skills and resources they need to have a successful start to kindergarten.

Literacy Kit Kickoff

When: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Partnering Walmart locations throughout our region

Join us as we kick off another year of Literacy Kits during tax free weekend, in support of young learners in our region being prepared for kindergarten and reading on grade-level by third grade. Each United Way Literacy Kit includes school supplies, an age-appropriate book, and information for parents to empower families around school readiness and literacy. We are currently looking for two lead volunteers for each site on Saturday, August 3rd.

At the Kick-Off, all volunteers will help collect, sort, and count donated school supplies at partnering Walmart locations. Each Walmart location will be supported by two lead volunteers and a group of general volunteers. As a lead volunteer, you can expect to:

  1. Attend a short training in-person or via conference call with United Way in July to meet other lead volunteers and be equipped to volunteer as a site leader.
  2. Pick up supplies at United Way’s office and set up volunteer area at your Walmart location. AM shift only.
  3. Welcome, provide instructions to and supervise general volunteers on-site.
  4. Along with the help of other volunteers, pack up all supplies and transport the donated supplies back to the United Way office in your own vehicle.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Please contact April Wilson at wilsona@yourunitedway.org for available opportunities.

Check back soon for upcoming Giving Community Events. If you are interested in learning more about United Way Giving Communities, please click here.

Steps to Success Early Learning Trail: Community Launch – Rockwood Park

When: Friday, June 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond, VA 23236

Join United Way, Genworth and Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation in launching to the Chesterfield community a Steps to Success Early Learning Trail! These trails help parents, caregivers and communities use everyday moments outdoors to boost school readiness of children in their preschool years. This interactive trail contains ten signs with expert-approved learning games, each with fun and easy activities for children and adults to do together.

Gather alongside fellow community members and celebrate this addition to the park. Enjoy a ribbon-cutting around 11:15 a.m., guided walks to “break in” the trail, healthy refreshments, recreational equipment and an on-site playground.

Recent Opportunities

United Way Literacy Kit Delivery

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Join to support the last step in this year’s Literacy Kit efforts! Thanks to countless volunteers and advocates, United Way will distribute 1,500 Literacy Kits to rising kindergarteners and their families on Kindergarten Registration Day this year. Volunteers will deliver boxes of completed Literacy Kits to schools along a route in the Greater Richmond and Petersburg region. Each kit includes school supplies, an age-appropriate book and information for parents to empower families to be prepared for kindergarten and reading on grade-level by third grade.

Volunteers must:

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

Routes will be dispersed throughout United Way’s service area, found here. Many routes will allow volunteers to finish up early.

United Way Literacy Kit Assembly

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, March 27, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Join to support the second-to-last step in this year’s Literacy Kit efforts! Thanks to countless volunteers and advocates, United Way will distribute 1,500 Literacy Kits to rising kindergarteners and their families on Kindergarten Registration Day this year. Volunteers will finish assembling the kits and organize them to be delivered to schools in early April. Each kit includes school supplies, an age-appropriate book and information for parents to empower families to be prepared for kindergarten and reading on grade-level by third grade.

Strengthening Skills for Career Success

When: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230

Volunteer in support of teens becoming college- or career-ready, in partnership with United Way Young Leaders Society and Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond (BGCMR)! Following a brief training, volunteers will participate in an hour-long workshop to support the development of career readiness skills in teens participating in BGCMR’s Ready2Win program. Volunteers will assist middle and high schoolers in the program with building/improving a résumé, practicing and bettering interview skills and developing other related soft skills.

Teens will be split into young women & young men, so we will need a diverse group of volunteers! Volunteers can expect to support in a variety of ways – one-on-one, in small groups and on a panel.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Women United Steps to Success Social

Focus on Basic Needs – Food, Safety & Housing

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Union Bank & Trust, 1021 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219

For the first ever Women United Steps to Success Social, United Way is partnering with Union Bank & Trust for an after hours social featuring the Basic Needs Met Step.

We hope you will join us to learn about several United Way programs and agencies within this Step, including 2-1-1, Children’s Home Society of Virginia and Virginia Supportive Housing.

Women United is a giving community for women who participate in United Way’s Leadership Circle & Alexis de Tocqueville Society.

Leadership Luncheon

More than just a walk in the park…

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2019, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: Pine Camp Cultural Arts & Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227

Please join us for a Leadership Luncheon at Pine Camp Cultural Arts & Community Center, home of one of the first United Way Steps to Success Early Learning Trails.

This early learning trail is made up of interactive signs, each prompting young learners to engage with their surroundings —from waddling like a duck to practicing counting with hopscotch. These signs empower parents, caregivers and communities to use everyday moments outdoors to prepare young learners for kindergarten, making it much more than just a walk in the park.

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

The Role of a Unifying Entity in a Nation Divided

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Robins Room, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228

A closed, exclusive event for members of United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Join fellow Alexis de Tocqueville Society members from across Virginia at an intimate luncheon with one of Virginia’s most well-known and respected historians, Dr. Edward L. Ayers. Dr. Ayers will explore parallels related to divisiveness in our country between the 1860s and today and the importance of a unifying entity like United Way.

United Way Steps to Success Awards

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: The Jefferson Grand Ballroom, 101 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220

United Way is pleased to announce the first annual Steps to Success Awards, which will take place in conjunction with United Way’s Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting.

At this awards ceremony, United Way will celebrate a year of success and impact, while recognizing the important role that outstanding individuals and partner organizations have played in supporting United Way’s efforts in the region.

This event will also be a great opportunity to learn about the breadth of United Way’s work and the impact we continue to have in the community. United Way will highlight impactful programs, the generous and caring spirit of volunteers and the individuals that are creating real change as we work to address some of our region’s toughest challenges.

Think + a Drink: Paths to Community Leadership

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Postbellum, 1323 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Have you thought about how you want to make a difference as a community leader in Richmond and the path to get there? Join the United Way Young Leader Society to discuss paths to community leadership in Richmond. A cohort of United Way Young Leaders have done a deep dive over the last year to explore their own personal paths. There are many ways to take your interest in giving, advocating and volunteering to make a real difference as a community leader. Hear from our speakers and join the discussion:

  • United Way Board Member, James J. L. Stegmaier, Owner and Manager of G-O Strategies and former Chesterfield County Administrator
  • United Way Young Leader, Jamie Nowakowski, AVP Strategy & Delivery, Commercial Operations at Capital One

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Ongoing Opportunities

United Way Tax Assistance Program

United Way is always looking for volunteers to help with our VITA sites! If you are interested in volunteering with or learning more about our tax assistance program, please click 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.