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.

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.

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United Way is one of the largest nonprofit funding organizations in the region. We invest in dozens of fantastic nonprofit agencies doing critical work in communities throughout our service area. We use our Steps to Success framework to guide funding decisions and ensure dollars go to organizations and programs working in each of our nine key areas.

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United Way serves as the central convener of our region’s nonprofits and local governments, businesses, schools and volunteers. We identify key areas of need and bring together leaders from all sectors to drive positive change in communities across the region.

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United Way connects individuals with knowledge, resources and volunteer opportunities to help them positively impact their lives as well as the lives of their family members, friends and neighbors.

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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.

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