Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

United Way Literacy Kits

The path to literacy begins with
having the right supplies.

Early learning resources are critical to ensuring children in the Greater Richmond & Petersburg region are ready for kindergarten and reading at grade-level by third grade. United Way is committed to helping young children in our region meet these crucial Steps to Success.

How It Works

Throughout the year, we collect and assemble thousands of Literacy Kits to be delivered to students in our region. Each kit includes school supplies, an age appropriate book and information for families so students can be prepared for kindergarten and reading at grade-level by third grade. These are the three major steps for creating and delivering Literacy Kits to the public:


Volunteers collect books and school supplies for their own drives, which are then assembled into Literacy Kits.


United Way coordinates and facilitates groups of volunteers on-site and off-site to assemble more than 2,000 Literacy Kits.


Early elementary students at schools throughout the region receive kits at various times throughout the year.

2023-2024 Timeline

All completed Kits must be dropped off at United Way.

Summer 2023

8/9/23 — Literacy Kit Kick-Off

On August 9, 8:30-9:30 a.m., we’re having a kick-off meeting. Sign up here through Eventbrite.

Fall 2023

10/2/23 — Autumn Literacy Kit Donation Deadline
10/19/23 — Autumn Literacy Kit Distribution

On October 19, 12:00-2:00 p.m., we’re distributing Literacy Kits to local schools. Sign up here through Eventbrite.

Spring 2024

1/31/24 — Deadline for Schools to Indicate Need

If you are an educator and would like to receive Literacy Kits for your kindergarten students in the 2023-2024 year, please email

2/26/24 — Spring Literacy Kit Donation Deadline
3/5/24 — Spring Literacy Kit Distribution

On March 5, 12:00-2:00 p.m., we’re distributing Literacy Kits to local schools. Sign up here through Eventbrite.

Summer 2024

5/20/24 — Kindergarten Countdown Camp Donation Deadline

Ways to Get Involved

Bring together friends, neighbors or colleagues to raise supplies and books and assemble them into Literacy Kits. Our toolkit makes it easy to plan your drive, garner support, communicate the need and increase the impact of your efforts. Find ideas and tools to help get you started.

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Any group donating 100 completed kits or $1,500 will be recognized as a Literacy Kit Leader. Learn more about being recognized as a Literacy Kit Leader.

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Contributing United Way Literacy Kits is fun, easy and can be done from home. Use our supply list to collect and assemble the necessary items.

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United Way Literacy Kits are a year-round effort. We are always recruiting volunteers to help with upcoming phases. Keep an eye on this page for announcements or email to learn more.

2,366 Literacy Kits

were collected this year.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Literacy Kit Delivery
March 5, 2024
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
We are looking for volunteers who are generously willing to take boxes and bags of Literacy Kits and deliver them to designated Elementary Schools around our service area. We have Elementary Schools receiving Literacy Kits in: Goochland, Dinwiddie, Petersburg, New Kent, Chesterfield, Henrico, and Richmond Proper. This is an incredibly rewarding experience to see the year-round hard work of dedicated volunteers pay off to serve our community! Volunteers will meet at the United Way office for refreshments and a quick debriefing, then be on their way to deliver Literacy Kits to local Elementary Schools! Must have a vehicle and valid Driver's License to participate. Please email with your preference of locality after registering to participate. Please note: Locality preferences are first-come-first-serve, your preference of locality is not guaranteed, and you may be assigned to any of the above localities.
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Need a little more support?

Contact us for more support on hosting your Literacy Kit drive.