What We Do
We empower individuals and drive systemic change to provide everyone with a clear path to success.
We do this by mobilizing the entire community – individuals, nonprofits, government agencies, schools and businesses alike – to collectively tackle our region’s toughest challenges.
The problems facing our region are big, and they need comprehensive solutions. United Way’s Community Impact team uses our Steps to Success
model and works with 40+ nonprofit agencies in the area to build collaborative solutions and foster strong alliances that will make an impact today and for years to come.
In order to effectively address the region’s challenges, we rely on support from hundreds of community volunteers. United Way brings together individuals and large groups and deploys them where their strength and expertise may be used best. Whether it’s reading to young children to boost literacy or spending time with older adults to combat social isolation, we match people with problems and work together to find the solutions.
As a major regional funding organization, United Way is uniquely qualified to provide critical information to community leaders and organizations. We have a dedicated research team that studies local data to track problems in our communities and works with partner organizations to develop solutions that actually move the needle.
There are hundreds of fantastic nonprofit agencies doing critical work throughout the region. United Way serves as the central convener and unifying voice for these organizations and connects their important work with local governments, schools, businesses and volunteers.
Our Service Area
We serve the region’s neighborhoods and rural areas alike, providing direct services and support to partners in the cities of Richmond, Petersburg and Colonial Heights as well as the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan – 11 different localities in all.
What We Do: Petersburg
For years, United Way has worked in Petersburg to provide everyone in the city with a clear path to success. We lead several initiatives in Petersburg and are proud of our collaborative efforts with individuals, businesses, schools, nonprofits and local government in the city.