Join us for the 2019 Literacy Kit Kickoff

You can help children in our communities this school year by getting involved in United Way’s Literacy Kit Kickoff during tax free weekend at seven locations across the region.

Early learning resources are critical to ensuring kids are prepared for kindergarten and reading at grade-level by third grade. Help students reach these important Steps to Success by participating in one or more of these ways:


Volunteers will help collect, sort and count donated school supplies at partnering Walmart locations. With the help of volunteers at this event, United Way will raise awareness of the importance of early literacy and continue the effort to ensure all kindergartners have what they need to start school.

Join us on Saturday, August 3 to collect supplies for United Way Literacy Kits. Click below to sign up for a shift at one of our seven participating locations.

  • Ashland: 145 Hill Carter Parkway, Ashland, VA 23005
  • Chester: 12000 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831
  • Chesterfield: 14501 Hancock Village, Chesterfield, VA 23832
  • Midlothian: 12200 Chattanooga Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23112
  • Petersburg: 3500 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805
  • Short Pump: 11400 West Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA 23060
  • West End: 6920 Forest Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230

For more information or to register as a lead volunteer at one of these locations, click here.

Donate Supplies

Come to one of the participating Walmart locations between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 and purchase supplies needed for Literacy Kits. A United Way volunteer will be available to collect them from you upon leaving the store.

Can’t make it, but still want to donate school supplies? You can deliver items to United Way at 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spread the Word

Not able to join us on August 3? Help us spread the word about the Literacy Kit Kickoff by sharing this page on social media. We are always welcoming new volunteers to our growing network – you can help us spread the word about this special opportunity by sharing it with your friends.

For more information about Literacy Kits, contact:

Emily Watkins
Senior Director of Strategic Engagement
(804) 771-5835

Learn More About United Way and Literacy

Literacy is a major component of our Steps to Success framework. We recently relaunched the Greater Richmond Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which brings together a number of United Way initiatives that increase early literacy among all students in the region.