Community Volunteers

Community volunteers are an essential part of United Way’s impact strategy.

United Way brings together more than 40 local volunteers with diverse backgrounds in community planning, human service systems, research, needs and asset assessments, local government and more.

The Community Impact Council, a sub-committee of the Board of Directors, understands both United Way’s strategic framework and the ever-changing needs of the region. The group reviews data, research and best practices and maintain periodic contact with funded programs and agencies.

The Community Impact Council is responsible for:

  • Monthly meetings to monitor and assess community and human service needs;
  • Making recommendations that enable United Way to effectively allocate resources; and
  • Dispatching volunteers and building out a suite of initiatives and programs to meet the community’s needs.

In the past, United Way has convened multiple Action Councils as well as the Community Building Committee. Many members of these groups continue to serve on the new Community Impact Council. The merging of these groups will lead to more ideas, richer conversations and an opportunity to grow our volunteers to be more engaged and involved.

Robert Cowgill, Chair
South State Bank
Jackie Larkin, Vice Chair
Community Volunteer
Rhea George, 2nd Vice Chair
AIA Virginia

Ron Alpern
Alpern Consulting

Frank Baskind
VCU School of Social Work

Horace Branch

Mollie Brooks
Genworth Financial

George Calvert
Middleburg Trust Company

Patricia Cullen
Community Volunteer

Debbie Dugger
Chesterfield County

Mark Goodwin
Community Volunteer

Phyllis Grooms-Gordon
City of Richmond Department of Social Services

Tim Grimes
Virginia Community Capital, Inc.

Dawn Hathaway
South State Bank

Jacqueline Hecker
Owens & Minor

Amy Hudgens
Community Volunteer

Cathy Howard
Virginia Commonwealth University

Natima Jones
Owens & Minor

Keith Larkin
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Bill Leipis
Community Volunteer

Beth Ludden
Genworth Financial

Dierdre Pearson
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

Peter Perkins
Community Volunteer

Regina Pittman
Capital Bank

Thomas Raper

Zach Reichert
Afton Chemical

Reg Roland
Global Achievement Partnership

Robert Rolfe
Hunton & Williams LLP

Roxanne Marrs-Shears
Crater Health District (VDH)

Cache Steinberg
Community Volunteer

Kyle Strater
Afton Chemical

Stephen Willoughby
City of Richmond Department of Emergency

Gloria Taylor
Community Volunteer

Susan Triggs
Community Volunteer

For more information on United Way community volunteer opportunities, contact:

Cynthia Coleman
Director of Community Investment
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg