Who We Are

Our History

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg traces its roots back more than a century to when a group of concerned citizens got together to discuss how to help meet community needs. Over the 106 years that followed, your local United Way has continually improved the lives of those in need. While the needs of the community have changed over time, our mission – to empower individuals and address systemic problems to provide everyone with a clear path to success – has not.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg serves 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.

More than 138,000 friends and neighbors in our region live below the poverty line and more than one in four residents struggle to make ends meet. Working with more than 50 community partners and through the generosity and kindness of the community at large, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is creating lasting change – change that improves the quality of life in our region for all of us.

About United Way

United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. We are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health. Learn more about United Way’s worldwide efforts.

Diversity & Inclusion

United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg seeks to mobilize all people to improve lives. In order to unite around key issues facing our region, United Way engages individuals and organizations who represent the diversity of the communities we serve — respecting and valuing the different perspectives they may provide. Together we will more effectively create and implement solutions to our region’s most pressing issues while creating opportunities for a better life for all.