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

Winter Supply Drive

When: Ongoing

From January until March 1, volunteers can hold drives to collect glue sticks, crayons, play dough, construction paper and many other school items for United Way Literacy Kits. You can find a full list of accepted items here and a toolkit to help you engage family, friends and coworkers here to create the kits.

Once you have collected your kits, please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Aimee Bushman, at volunteer@yourunitedway.org, to schedule a drop off/pick up of all donated school supplies or completed Literacy Kits. With your support, United Way will help young children hit the ground running on their first day of school!

March Literacy Kit Assembly

When: Wednesday, March 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

Volunteers will help assemble Literacy Kits so that they can be distributed to rising kindergartners and their families at Kindergarten Registration efforts in April. Volunteers will assist with final assembly of Literacy Kits and other tasks.

If interested, you can find additional information and register here. For any additional questions, please email volunteer@yourunitedway.org.

April Literacy Kit Delivery

When: Tuesday, April 12, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Various Locations

Volunteers will begin by picking up boxes of completed Literacy Kits from our office and loading them into their personal vehicles. From there, volunteers will deliver the kits to schools in the Greater Richmond and Petersburg region.

If interested in helping support this effort, please click here for additional information and to register.

VITA Volunteer

United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is looking for volunteers to support in-person tax sites as well as our virtual tax assistance service. VITA offers free tax preparation for families and individuals with income of $58,000 or less. Volunteer roles include greeter/screener, interpreter, tax preparer, quality reviewer and more.

Interested volunteers should contact April Wilson (wilsona@yourunitedway.org) for more information.

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.

Health Brigade: Spanish Interpreter

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

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. You can register here.

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.

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.