The Workforce Partnership Team

Securing a steady, sustainable job with a livable wage is a critical element of many of United Way’s Steps to Success, including Basic Needs, College- and Career-Readiness and Financial Well-being.

Unfortunately, many Richmond residents face obstacles that prevent them from landing and maintaining a sustainable job. Many others are underemployed with little support towards upward mobility. Common barriers to employment include lack of developed soft skills, inconsistent transportation, insufficient wrap-around support services, lack of social capital, history of incarceration, undeveloped computer skills and lack of education and/or training to increase pay.

United Way is committed to removing these barriers and helping everyone in the Greater Richmond region find a path to success. One of the ways we do this is through the Workforce Partnership Team.

About the Workforce Partnership Team

The Workforce Partnership Team (WPT) brings together workforce professionals and those providing wrap-around services from across the Greater Richmond region. The goals of the team include streamlining services by building a network with strong referral mechanisms, sharing curriculum and best practices and providing professional development opportunities for team members. By setting these goals, the team aims to strengthen the region’s workforce system for job seekers, practitioners and employers.

United Way provides backbone support to the Workforce Partnership Team and employs a full-time staff member dedicated to leading Workforce Partnership Team activities.

The Workforce Partnership Team is supported through funding from the Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation.

The Workforce Partnership Team has four main goals:

  • Facilitate coordinated employment, training, and wrap-around service support to the unemployed and underemployed.
  • Build a network of workforce professionals and develop referral mechanisms to address the needs of job seekers in the region.
  • Share and implement curriculum and best practices that holistically prepare job candidates to fulfill the workforce needs of the emerging economy.
  • Equip members to provide high quality workforce services by providing professional development opportunities.

The Workforce Partnership Team consists of working committees focused on soft skills development, co-case management systems, professional development and new member outreach.

Each committee designates one partner to serve on the Workforce Partnership Team Executive Committee.

The Workforce Partnership Team is a coalition of cross-sector partners that provide workforce development services at the direct-service or manager level.

All Workforce Partnership Team members agree to:

  • Work collectively as a team to share information and build public awareness regarding employment sustainability;
  • Develop and manage mechanisms to more effectively coordinate and communicate workforce services;
  • Build and strengthen internal and external relationships between workforce development and wrap-around service providers so that they can better serve the needs of job seekers, employers, and the community;
  • Advocate for policies and procedures that support the effective provision of workforce services.

Workforce Partnership Team meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month. Our meetings are currently taking place on Zoom as we remain diligent in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Topic 1: Organizations Providing Transportation Resources in Our Region


Topic 2: How Your Organization Can Support the Influx of Refugees Arriving in the Richmond Region

Speaker: Amber Christmas, Career Development Specialist, International Rescue Committee 

Description: We are excited to host community experts to discuss two topics for this month’s meeting. First, we will begin by hearing from a panel of local organizations working to address the issue of transportation as a major barrier to stable employment. Following this discussion, Amber Christmas from the International Rescue Committee will speak about how your organization can provide support to the influx of refugees arriving in the Richmond area.

More Workforce Partnership Team Content

  • Read our Q&A with Anna Danese, Director of Workforce Partnerships here.
  • Read our 2020 feature story on the Workforce Partnership Team here.
  • Find out about our employment platform, Network2WorkRVA.


Anna Danese
Director of Workforce Partnerships
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg