For many people, the goal after high school is to secure a job that will provide income and serve as the starting point for a career. Some people enter the workforce immediately after high school, while others continue their education in college or pursue a credential. Many people continue their education and work at the same time.
While there are many routes to take, the goal is the same: to secure a stable job with a sustainable income. We believe everyone should have the ability to find employment with a living wage- critical components to maintaining financial stability and providing a safe and healthy living environment for families.
We bring together workforce professionals and service providers to remove barriers to employment and help everyone in our region secure a steady, sustainable job with a livable wage.Learn More
Network2WorkRVA is a platform that helps make stable employment more accessible to job seekers in our region.Learn More
We provide aspiring entrepreneurs with social capital, training, coaching, and start-up funding needed to bring their ideas to life and lead economic development in their community.Learn More
WomenRise is a scholarship program that provides financial assistance to help single moms cover the cost of childcare while they work toward a post-secondary degree or credential.Learn More
Creating Employment Opportunities
Securing a steady, sustainable job with a livable wage is a critical element of many of United Way’s Steps to Success. Unfortunately, many Richmond residents face barriers that prevent them from finding and keeping a steady job. And many employers report difficulty in locating candidates to fill open positions. We are working to bridge that gap by working with local nonprofits and service providers to remove barriers to employment.
“Start Up for Success” prepares entrepreneurs for next step in business journey
A new United Way program is providing aspiring entrepreneurs the social capital, training, coaching and start-up funding needed to bring their ideas to life and lead economic development in local communities.
Piloted in 2021, Start Up for Success has since guided five budding entrepreneurs through the 10-week program and prepared them to launch or grow their businesses in fields from urban farming to child care to appliance repair and more.