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 Birthday Party

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: Thursday, May 24, 2018, 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Where: Fairfield Court Elementary School, 2510 Phaup Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Join United Way and celebrate the birthdays of students in Peter Paul Development Center’s afterschool program at Fairfield Court Elementary. Volunteers set-up the birthday party and join in the celebration by serving cupcakes, singing Happy Birthday and giving books as gifts. Bring your own school age children to join in the fun. Help make learning part of the celebration and support students at Fairfield Court Elementary!

Reading for Resilience Day of Action

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 9:45-11:15 a.m.
Where: Crestwood Elementary School, 7600 Whittington Drive, Richmond, VA 23225

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 resilient behaviors needed to succeed in school. United Way Literacy Kits will be distributed to encourage students to keep reading over the summer.

Thank you for your interest in Exclusive Giving Community Events. Please check back soon for upcoming events.

Think + a Drink: Born Healthy

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220

If we are going to build a stronger community, we must start at the beginning. The path to prosperity begins at birth. Children must be born into safe homes with families who are socially, emotionally and financially prepared to care for them.

At this Think + a Drink Happy Hour, hosted by the United Way Young Leaders Society and the Family Lifeline Young Professionals (FLYP), we will explore this pivotal issue by reviewing ways the community is addressing this work as well as how YOU can support this effort.

Recent Opportunities

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.