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.

Important Message

We are closely monitoring the global spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. There have been a number of changes to our event schedule as a result. Click here for the latest news and information.

Upcoming Opportunities

Literacy Kit Assembly for Kindergarten Countdown Camp

When: Monday, July 12, 2021, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: United Way Office 

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.

Literacy Kit Drive Meet-Up

When: Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: United Way Office & Zoom

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.

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).

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

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

United Way data shows that nearly 50,000 older adults live alone in our region. With recent research highlighting connection between social isolation and poor health, it is important that we step up to meet the needs of those older adults in our region. This month we encourage you to support our Connected & Healthy Older Adults Step to Success by serving in a reassurance role with one our featured partners. This month we are spotlighting opportunities with:

Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Commonwealth Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to assist with its Call Reassurance program. This program provides isolated or lonely older adults with a friendly phone call from a caring volunteer. Calls are made from volunteers’ homes to individuals throughout the Greater Richmond area. Volunteers are asked to commit approximately one hour each week to make their calls. For more information contact Diane Hargraves at (804) 545-5916 or diane.hargraves@cccofva.org. 

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Servies is looking for volunteers to join its Friendly Visitors program. Help bring cheer and companionship to a homebound elder as a JFS Friendly Visitor. 

Jewish Family Services offers flexible scheduling so that Friendly Visitors can create a visit plan that works for them. For more information, reach out to Teresa Baldwin at tbaldwin@jfsrichmond.org. 

Senior Connections

Senior Connections is looking for people to volunteer with its TeleBridges program. The TeleBridges program relies on volunteers who will stay in touch with seniors two to five times per week. Each phone call provides reassurance by offering a listening ear and an encouraging word. Volunteers can call from home or work and make brief (less than five minutes) calls two to five times weekly. For more information contact Shana Beverly at (804) 343-3024 or sbeverly@youraaa.org. 

Recent Opportunities

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. This event is currently at full capacity. 

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. 

Strengthening Skills for Career Success

Join us for Strengthening Skills for Career Success – a series of virtual workshops that support the development of career-readiness skills of young people in our region, in partnership with Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and Richmond Technical Center, a program of Richmond Public Schools. Volunteers will begin their service with a 30-minute training before working with one or two teens to do a résumé review, conduct a mock interview, discuss opportunities for improvement, and more. You can find additional details and registration here.

If you are a volunteer group that is interested in supporting a virtual effort like this, please reach out to volunteer@yourunitedway.org, as we are seeking volunteer groups for upcoming workshops in 2021!

When: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

When: Friday, February 19, 2021, 2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

When: Monday, February 22, 2021, 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Little Free Library Installations

Now more than ever, having access to learning resources outside of the classroom is critical. We invite you to join us in support of literacy in our community by installing a United Way Little Free Library. These projects are being done in collaboration with partners throughout United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg’s service area.

When: November 2020
Where:
Pine Camp Cultural Arts & Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227

When: October 2020
Where: YWCA’s Sprout School, 1101 Bainbridge Street, Richmond, VA 23224

When: Thursday, October 1, 10a.m. -12 p.m.
Where: Green Acres Mobile Home Park, 7901 Boydton Plank Road, Lot 99, Petersburg, VA, 23803

When: Friday, October 2, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Where: Housing Families First’s Hillard House, 3900 Nine Mile Rd, Richmond, VA 23223

When: Thursday, October 8, 9 -11 a.m. 
Where: Pine Fork Park, 6385 Pine Fork Road, New Kent, VA 23124

When: Tuesday, October 13, 1 -3 p.m.
Where: Crimson Clinic at Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg, VA, 23805

Little Free Library Restock

When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Where: Peter Paul Development Center & ChildSavers  

When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:15–10:00 a.m.
Where: Sacred Heart Center 

When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Where: Byrd Elementary School

When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:45–10:45 a.m. 
Where: Bellwood Elementary School

Join United Way in increasing access to books for all community members through a restock of our Little Free Libraries. Interested volunteers will pick up boxes of donated books from United Way’s office in a contact-free manner, load up their personal vehicle and deliver the donations to at least one partner in our region where a United Way Little Free Library is located. Volunteers will restock the Little Free Library and drop off donations with the organization.

United Way Steps to Success Awards

United Way’s 2020 Steps to Success Awards celebration was originally scheduled to be held at the Jefferson Hotel in conjunction with United Way’s Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting.

However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have shifted to a virtual celebration that will recognize the terrific accomplishments of our winners and nominees in a safe and healthy way. We look forward to sharing more information about our virtual awards celebration later this summer.

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.

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.

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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 get started.