Initiatives and Programs

United Way brings together our region’s nonprofits, businesses, schools and volunteers. We identify key areas of need and create community-based and community-led solutions that provide everyone in our region with a clear path to success. We invite you to learn more about the following initiatives and programs that improve the lives of millions of people in our region.

Families and individuals must have a safe home with healthy food for everyone who lives there in order to work toward a higher degree of prosperity.

Southside Trauma-Informed Community Network

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg formed the Southside Trauma-Informed Community Network (STICN) in August 2016, after numerous community leaders and organizations expressed interest in coming together to better understand trauma-informed care and incorporate its best practices into their work.

Youth Housing Stability Coalition

The Youth Housing Stability Coalition brings together more than 30 nonprofits and youth to address the issues of homelessness and housing instability among youth ages 14-24.

The path to prosperity begins at birth. Children must be born into safe homes with families who are socially, emotionally and financially prepared to care for them.

We have a dedicated research team that studies local data to identify problems in our communities, researches solutions and works with partner organizations to develop solutions that actually move the needle.

When it comes to Born Healthy, we know that birth weight, prenatal care, mothers education level and teen pregnancy all play an important role. Learn more about the data related to this Step and why it is so important.

In order to be kindergarten-ready, young children need quality early education, strong relationships with families, a safe and secure home environment and regular health and developmental screenings and support.

Literacy Kits

Throughout the year, we collect and assemble more than 1,000 United Way Literacy Kits that are distributed to students in our region. Each kit includes schools supplies, an age-appropriate book, information for parents and supplies for children.

Petersburg City and Schools Partnership

The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership works to create the climate and conditions for every child to succeed by providing a sustainable, coordinated system of supports and access. United Way serves as the backbone for this effort.

Kids who are reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to graduate high school on time.

Campaign for Grade-level Reading

Greater Richmond Campaign for Grade-level Reading partners with school districts, nonprofits, corporations and other organizations to collectively increase third grade reading proficiency across the Greater Richmond and Petersburg region.

Literacy Kits

Throughout the year, we collect and assemble more than 1,000 United Way Literacy Kits that are distributed to students in our region. Each kit includes schools supplies, an age-appropriate book, information for parents and supplies for children.

Petersburg City and Schools Partnership

The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership works to create the climate and conditions for every child to succeed by providing a sustainable, coordinated system of supports and access. United Way serves as the backbone for this effort.

Attendance and success in middle school are critical in keeping students on track for on-time graduation and preparing them to continue their education after high school or secure a self-sustaining job.

Petersburg City and Schools Partnership

The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership works to create the climate and conditions for every child to succeed by providing a sustainable, coordinated system of supports and access. United Way serves as the backbone for this effort.

RVA Youth Development Network

The RVA Youth Development Network works to bring people together who are working in the out-of-school time, summer camp, youth development and education fields for networking and shared learning.

Youth Program Quality Intervention

The Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) program supports a continuous quality improvement process for out-of-school time programs in Greater Richmond & Petersburg. The YPQI team leads the assessment, improvement planning, coaching and professional development for youth programs in our region.

A high school diploma is a critical milestone on the path to a post-secondary degree and/or a self-sustaining career.

Petersburg City and Schools Partnership

The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership works to create the climate and conditions for every child to succeed by providing a sustainable, coordinated system of supports and access. United Way serves as the backbone for this effort.

School-based Health Centers

School-based health centers enable students to receive health care while at school. Petersburg City and Schools Partnership is working with local partners to establish one of the first school-based health centers in Virginia.

As they continue their education or enter the workforce, young people need access to skills and training that enable them to secure and maintain gainful employment with a living wage.

We have a dedicated research team that studies local data to identify problems in our communities, researches solutions and works with partner organizations to develop solutions that actually move the needle.

When it comes to College- or Career-ready, we know that labor market participation, educational fulfillment, FAFSA completion, higher education enrollment and industry recognized credentials all play an important role. Learn more about the data related to this Step and why it is so important.

In addition to covering basic expenses, families and individuals need financial stability to avoid debt, build savings and prepare for unanticipated expenses.

THRIVE Collaborative

The THRIVE Collaborative, a Richmond-area partnership, supports efforts to increase incomes, building savings and assets and develop financial literacy among local households, thereby helping them achieve financial stability.

Tax Assistance Programs

United Way’s Tax Assistance Programs provide free income tax preparation for households with income of $55,000 or less. Since 2002, we have worked with local social service, nonprofit, faith-based, business and government organizations to strengthen the financial independence of working families in our region.

Older adults and persons with disabilities must be emotionally and physically healthy, financially secure and socially connected.

Greater Richmond Age Wave

United Way played a pivotal role in the creation of the Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition. Learn more about our history of leadership in this area.