Newsroom Update

Launching Volunteers United: Calling All Volunteer Leaders 

Make a Difference as a Volunteer Leader 

RICHMOND, Va. (April 17, 2022) – The work of United Way would not be possible without support from dedicated volunteers. To celebrate this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is launching a new volunteer leadership group called Volunteers United.  

Volunteers United is a dedicated group of volunteers that will help lead United Way volunteer opportunities happening in our region. These leaders will be selected every spring and will support various initiatives over the year, completing at least 8 hours of community service during their time on the Volunteers United Team. Volunteer opportunities range from helping to install Little Free Libraries to working with United Way partners on collaborative programs. 

“During my time at United Way, I have had many caring volunteers ask me about how they can get more involved,” said Tiffani Beissel, Volunteer Manager. “And with so many of our non-profit partners relying on volunteers to support their programming, I saw the natural fit. We are launching Volunteers United to help build that connection between people who need help and people who want to give help, and we are excited to build this community.” 

Applications for the first cohort of individuals opened today! Please visit United Way’s website to fill out an application, and contact Tiffani Beissel for more information:  

Below, you will find more information about how volunteers make a tremendous impact on people in our region. 

The Impact of United Way Volunteers 

United Way volunteers are community leaders who come from all backgrounds and localities across our region to bring United Way’s mission to life. They donate their skills, time and resources to support this mission, and so much of United Way’s work depends on their dedication.  

Since July 2022, United Way’s strategic engagement department reports:  

  • 62 completed volunteer opportunities 
  • 1,911 volunteers 
  • 1,909 volunteer hours 

Together, these volunteer hours are valued to be worth $57,174.55 based on industry standards, and at least 25,064 people in the community were served by these volunteer efforts. 

And this number does not include our 165 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program volunteers, who volunteer weekly and have donated a total 2,700 hours of volunteered time in 2023.  

In addition to those hours, there are several volunteers who give back in other ways, namely the United Way Board, and committees of the board, such as the Community Impact Council. Their leadership, especially through recent internal and external changes, has been essential to ensuring United Way can carry on with its mission to serve the Greater Richmond and Petersburg communities.   

“This week, we thank all of the volunteers who have donated so generously of their time to champion the work of United Way,” said Angela Otto, Interim President & CEO. “We are especially grateful for the leadership of our Board and other committees whose support of staff and dedication to our mission brought stability during this time of transition at our United Way, so that we could continue to do good work in our community.” 

To see read more about our volunteer initiatives and upcoming opportunities, please visit our website: Volunteer – United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg (