Stories

We are a community of people in need, and we are all working to make this a stronger region. We invite you to meet the people, families and organizations that have been positively impacted by United Way.

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. Read more about what these solutions have done to help individuals and families in our region.


Prepared for Possibilities

Most parents of young children understand the importance of early education. Not many have a clear plan for how to pay for tuition, which often costs 1,000 a month or more. Bonnie found herself in that exact situation when her twins, Lilli and Leo, were born in 2014. Then she learned that United Way was launching a Kindergarten Countdown Camp in her area. Read her story.


Tax Time Troubles

Meet Debra, a 63 year-old Chesterfield County resident who has dealt with multiple financial hardships over the past few years. With medical issues, a bankruptcy filing  and a sudden job loss, taxes were always complicated, stressful and expensive. Then she found United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Read her story.

Everyone in our community must work together to make a lasting change. Our involvement in the community would not be possible without engaged and passionate donors. Read more about why United Way matters to our donors.


Commitment to Community

Mollie Brooks, Community Relations Manager at Genworth, has a dedication to service, both personally and professionally. Learn why she supports United Way both in her office and in her free time.


A Partnership Success Story: NewMarket

In our region, we are fortunate to partner with dozens of local and national corporations who support their local United Way by running a workplace fundraising campaign, providing volunteers and sponsoring important United Way programs. Many companies see United Way workplace campaigns as a way help employees have fun while making a positive contribution to their community. Read how NewMarket’s campaign went the extra mile.


Pouring Into Opportunities

Ashanté’s upbringing, her participation in local programs and the support she received from caring adults all contributed to her successful journey to her current position as a partner at Troutman Sanders. That is why she gives back to her community through United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. Read more about her journey and the help she received along the way.

United Way’s staff finds ways to get involved with our community. From preparing taxes to volunteering with partner agencies, we have staff that will do it all.


Helping Others with Income-Tax Returns is a Family Affair

Written by Bill Lohmann, this piece originally appeared in the Feb. 3, 2020 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

For many of us, the thought of doing one’s income taxes has all the allure of attending a root canal (your own). In my mind, those who volunteer to do other people’s taxes would appear to have a leg up on sainthood. Cara Cardotti and her family have made that sort of good work a family affair. Read more.


Staff Spotlight

United Way’s Audry Dubon volunteered with Sacred Heart Center’s Pasitos Exitosos this fall.

United Way is a major funder to more than 50 local organizations. We know that creating lasting change is not just one organization, it is a region coming together to make a difference. Read more about our work with our partners and how we make a difference in our region every day.


Cameron’s Foundation for Success

As a former teacher, Dorothy understands what it takes to help a child succeed. When her grandson, Cameron, started to struggle in school, she sought help to keep him on track and engaged in his academics. Learn how a United Way-funded program at the YMCA of Greater Richmond met Cameron halfway and helped him succeed in school.


A Cleared Path to Prosperity

Ashley knew she needed help. It was 2015, she was pregnant and she had recently left a physically and verbally abusive relationship. That’s when Ashley found Thrive Virginia, then known as Quin Rivers, a United Way-funded partner in New Kent, VA. Ashley shares her story of how United Way was able to help her and her children during that difficult time.


A Life-saving Phone Call

A Grace Place closed unexpectedly in March 2018, which left more than 120 adults with disabilities without a care program. United Way worked with SOAR365, then known as Greater Richmond ARC, to find a solution that would help these families. Linda Adams shares her story of how United Way was able to turn the situation around and help her son, Justin.