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

The holidays are a perfect opportunity to give the gift of your time to organizations that need an extra hand. In this particularly challenging year, we know the needs are greater than ever while we work to maximize impact and ensure the health and safety of our entire community.  

We’ve compiled a list of volunteer opportunities from United Way partner agencies around the region that will allow you to give back safely while supporting the front-line organizations who have been helping our community this year. 

Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond develops young people who are “life-ready” and empowered to use their voices.

Clubhouse Restock

Where: 2409 Bainbridge Street, Richmond, VA 23225
When: Ongoing

Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond is looking for volunteers to help restock their clubhouse with the following items:

  • Frito Lay (Bold Mix, Variety Mix, Flavor Mix)
  • Oreo Variety Pack
  • Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Hefty Supreme Foam Plates
  • Lysol Spray
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Bottled Water

Items can be dropped off at the address above.

For more information about this opportunity with Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond, email Lynee Berkness (lberkness@bgcmr.org).


Health Brigade

Health Brigade–formerly FAN FREE CLINIC– carries on a 50-year legacy as Virginia’s oldest FREE and CHARITABLE clinic offering a growing array of medical, mental health, community outreach and care coordination services for low-income and uninsured persons. Health Brigade is known as a safe place to seek care for those who need it the most. We are committed to serving the most marginalized populations in the community–not only those with few resources, but also those most oppressed and stigmatized.

Spanish Interpreter

Where: 1010 North Thompson Street, Richmond, VA 23230
When: Ongoing

Health Brigade serves many individuals with Limited English Proficiency. Bilingual volunteers provide interpretation for Medical appointments, Mental Health appointments, and during other interactions between Health Brigade representatives and clients as needed. This position enables us to provide quality care to all of our patients and clients, regardless of language barriers.

Position Requirements

  • Spanish proficiency
  • 18 years or older
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable discussing sensitive or personal issues
  • Able to understand and present information of a medical or technical nature
  • Position is virtual, requires reliable internet connection and private workspace
  • 6 months minimum commitment
  • Weekly 4 hour shift(s) 

Job responsibilities 

  • Volunteer accurately interprets the conversation between patient/client and Health Brigade representative.
  • Volunteer acts as broker to navigate cultural differences between the patient/client and Health Brigade representative as needed.

For more information about these opportunities with Health Brigade, email Kelsea Jeter, (kjeter@healthbrigade.org).


HomeAgain

Supply Drive

Host a supply drive in your local community during the month of December. Request and gather cleaning supplies (i.e. – Lysol, hand soap, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, masks, etc.), personal hygiene supplies (deodorant, feminine hygiene products, body soap, shampoo and conditioner, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc.), canned goods, non-perishable food items, warm blankets and bottled water.

Coat Drive

During the month of December, host a coat drive on behalf of HomeAgain. HomeAgain recipients are in need of coats for children of all ages, women and men. Donated coats should be new.

Warm Meals

Prepare a meal or have one delivered to our Family Shelter or Men’s/Veteran’s Shelter any day of the week. Currently the Family Shelter has 33 residents and the Men’s/Veteran’s Shelter has 30 temporary residents. There are no know food allergies.

For more information about these opportunities with Peter Paul Development Center, email Mandy Herbert, (mherbert@homeagainrichmond.org).


OAR of Richmond

As the community leader in reentry services, OAR of Richmond provides evidence-based and person-centered approaches to empower those impacted by incarceration to find individual success.

Adopt-A-Family Gift Wrap

Where: 3111 West Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23230
When: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Volunteers will help OAR Staff wrap gifts for recipients of our Adopt-A-Family program. Adopt-A-Family is a program that targets our clients who are currently incarcerated and will not be with their families for the holidays. We collaborate with community partners  and donors alike to provide a warm outfit, and gifts for each child as well as a small gift for the caregiver, whoever is fulfilling that parental role.

Refreshments and wrapping supplies will be provided. Additional wrapping supplies donations will also be accepted.

For more information about this opportunity with OAR of Richmond, email Latifah Holman, (lholman@oarric.org).


Peter Paul Development Center

The Peter Paul Development Center supports the neighbors of the East End and educates its students, equipping them to serve as positive contributors to their families, community and society.

Winter Resource Distribution

Where: Robinson Theater – 2903 Q Street, Richmond, VA 23223
When: Thursday, December 9, 2021, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Winter is approaching, and our neighbors will need extra support to make it through the cold season ahead. Come help the Peter Paul Development Center’s Family and Community Engagement team share winter resources with community members and hand out support bags to those in need!

For more information about this opportunity with Peter Paul Development Center, email Joy Gilchrist (jqilchrist@peterpaulrva.org).


The Salvation Army of Central Virginia

Christmas Center Volunteers

Where: The Salvation Army of Central Virginia
When: November 15 – December 17

Volunteer at The Salvation Army Christmas Center and help sort, process and distribute gifts to Angel Tree recipients this holiday season. Volunteers are needed weekdays beginning November 15th through December 17th. To learn more and sign up, visit salvationarmycentralva.org , click “How You Can Help,” and “Volunteer Opportunities. Returning volunteers can sign in through our volunteer database from that page, and new volunteers can create an account and sign up for opportunities.

For more information about this opportunity with the Salvation Army of Central Virginia, email Kathy Cundiff (kathy.cundiff@uss.salvationarmy.org).

Ring at a Red Kettle

Where: Various Locations
When: November 12 – December 24

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles are an iconic part of the Christmas season. When you ring a bell at a kettle, you’re ringing for hope for those in needs. Funds raised through the Red Kettles support year-round social services and programs like our Boys & Girls Club, Emergency Shelter and Financial Assistance. Visit registertoring.com to sign up as an individual or group and ring at a kettle near you! Red Kettles will be out at participating retail locations, Monday – Saturday from November 12 – December 24.

For more information about this opportunity with the Salvation Army of Central Virginia, email Kathy Cundiff (kathy.cundiff@uss.salvationarmy.org).


South Richmond Adult Daycare Center

South Richmond Adult Daycare Center helps families and individuals experiencing homelessness secure and maintain a Home, Again.

Where: 1500 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224
When: Ongoing

PPE Kits

Volunteer opportunity description: Volunteers can create PPE Kits to help older adults have a healthy and happy holiday season at South Richmond Adult Daycare Center. Volunteers can create PPE kits with the following:

  • Medical Masks
  • Disposable Latex Gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • United Way Card of Encouragement (optional)

Kits can be dropped off at the location above between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please email SRADCC1975@gmail.com or call 804-231-9306 to schedule your drop-off.

Mosby Court Resource Center Paint Party

When: Monday, November 29, 2021, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Mosby Court Resource Center

Your local United Way is seeking volunteers to join us on Monday, November 29 to paint Mosby Court’s Recreation Room. The Mosby Court Resource Center provides many essential services for residents, and has been in need of a fresh coat of paint. Join us for a fun afternoon as we get into the holiday spirit, roll up our sleeves, and help give the Resource Center a fresh new look.

Materials will be provided and all painting tasks will be beginner friendly. Volunteers should wear clothes that are okay to get paint on. Sturdy shoes are required. You can find additional details and register here.

Holiday Family Literacy Kit Workshop

When: Saturday, December 11, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

Join United Way this holiday season for a volunteer event for the whole family! We will start the event by reading the story of a young person serving others and finding community as a way to introduce young children to volunteerism. After the story, our young volunteers will have the chance to decorate Literacy Kits with their family and assist with other small service tasks.  

This event is open to all ages, but the story portion of the event is best suited for pre-K – 3rd graders. You can register for this event by clicking here. If you have any additional questions, please contact Aimee Bushman (bushmana@yourunitedway.org). 

VITA Volunteer

United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is looking for volunteers to support select in-person tax sites as well as a virtual tax assistance service. Volunteers are asked to serve 2-4 hours per week when the season opens in late January 2022. 

Get started by completing this volunteer interest form.

Interested volunteers are asked to attend an upcoming Zoom information session that will provide more details about the training process and discuss necessary certification requirements. Dates and times of information sessions can be found below. Click a date below to register. 

When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

When: Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

When: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

When: Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Please contact April Wilson at wilsona@yourunitedway.org for a recorded version of a session if you are unable to attend one of the above dates.

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.

This section features exclusive opportunities for members of our Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Leadership Circle. 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.

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

YWCA Sprout School HarvestFest – Bainbridge

When: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

When: Thursday, October 28, 2021, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Embrace your love for fall and volunteer at the YWCA Sprout School’s HarvestFest! The Sprout School is seeking volunteers to help run activity stations, assist children decorating cookies, support their annual pumpkin tossing event, and other activities. Volunteers should be prepared to volunteer for a fun outdoor event, possess a joy for working with preschool-aged children, and help support the Sprout School to encourage children to embrace fall and the changing season.

Literacy Kit Assembly

When: Wednesday, October 27, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: United Way Office

Support kindergarten readiness throughout Richmond and central Virginia by helping sort, count, and organize 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. Volunteers will help count, sort, and organize school supplies while also assembling completed Literacy Kits for distribution. 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.

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. 

Fall Leadership Event

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.

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.

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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. 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.