United Way
of Central Virginia
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AwardsOpening Doors...
                         Changing Lives
On Thursday, March 27th, United Way of Central Virginia honored area businesses, individuals and agencies that went the extra mile to "open a door" during the 2013 campaign. More than 200 were in attendance during the annual Awards Celebration at The Kirkley Hotel and Conference Center.

"On behalf of all those in our community who come together to support United Way of Central Virginia, I say Thank You. Each and every one of you in this room deserves an award for what you do to positively impact our community", said Marie Martin, United Way of Central Virginia's Executive Director.

Corporate Leader Awards were given to those corporations that climbed the pinnacle by delivering the highest campaign results. We are proud to announce the following winners:
Genworth Financial, Babcock & Wilcox, Centra, AREVA, and Nationwide.

Some other notable honors went to:

Bank of the James and Nationwide - Helping Hand Award, for their continuous commitment to UWCV and their tremendous leadership in the community

Appalachian Power
Ron Dolan Spirit of Caring Award, for long-standing commitment to programs & services that care for our citizens' urgent needs

Rebecca Neilans - Nancy L. Sorrells Award, for outstanding dedication and compassion to serving others through work in the non-profit sector

Rosel H. Schewel - Virginia B. Whitehouse Award, for exemplifying the values of community, volunteerism, & caring and for significantly impacting the lives of others in need

CASA of Central Virginia - W. David Crews Award,
for demonstrating a strong focus on mission and providing effective outcomes for its clients

Lake Christian Ministries - Valerie Camm Organ Award, for most effectively promoting its partnership with UWCV 

United Way of Central Virginia's staff, board and campaign cabinet know that it takes everyone stepping up, chipping in, and LIVING UNITED, to create opportunities and change in our region. We thank you for your support and encourage everyone to "Open a Door and Change a Life"!

To see more photos from our event, please visit our Facebook page.

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JerseyMikesJersey Mike's Gives Back
Throughout the month of March, Jersey Mike's Subs across the country offered customers a chance to support their favorite charity by giving an extra $1, $3 or $5 at the register.  On their National Day of Giving (jersey mikesMarch 26th) every Jersey Mike's Subs store donated 100% of the proceeds to the charity of their choice.
United Way of Central Virginia was honored to partner once again with Scott Buckner and our two local Jersey Mike's Subs locations (3919 Wards Road and 3901 Old Forest Road) for this year's event. On Wednesday, the "Day of Giving", our local stores raised over $10,800 for United Way of Central Virginia. For the month of March they raised over $13,000 (and counting).

Special thanks to Scott and his entire Jersey Mike's team; they certainly know what customer service and community service is all about! And many thanks to all of those who came out to support United Way of Central Virginia and Jersey Mike's!

Pictured above (left to right) are:
Chris Daniels, Area Director for Jersey Mike's Corporate, Southpaw, Mascot of the Lynchburg Hillcats, and
Scott Buckner, Franchise Owner, Jersey Mike's Lynchburg.

LynchburgCooksLynchburg Cooks for Hunger Relief
Please join us for our 23rd AnLynchburg cooksnual Lynchburg Cooks for Hunger Relief on Monday, April 21st from 6-9pm at Phase 2. Over 30 local vendors will be showcasing their signature dishes/beverages in support of three local agencies that are working to wipe out hunger in our region: DAWN (Donation-A-Week Neighbor), The Salvation Army, and Parkview Community Mission. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and can be purchased here or at Bull's Steakhouse, Charley's Restaurant, or Phase 2.

This year's event has been extended to 9pm, offering an extra hour of cuisine and entertainment by the MG Experience Band. Patrons can also experience a silent auction, offering delectable restaurant gift certificates and items to suit any chef!

(Click here to download the poster and see the list of participating restaurants.)

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WLCWomen's Leadership Council   
Would you like to connect with a cause that has local impact, and be part of a powerful network of caring women who stand up and take action? Please join the Women's Leadership Council (WLC) at Oakwood Country Club for a luncheon on April 24th from 11:45am-1:00pm. Suggested donation for lunch is $20. Contact Georgia Willis Fauber with questions. RSVP to Amy Fisher by April 16th.

The WLC would also like to announce their
2014 Leadership Team Officers:

President - Jennifer McCarthy
Secretary - Christa Reed
Finance Chair - Frances Giles
Marketing Chair - Lynn Dodge
Events/Membership Chair - Georgia Willis Fauber
At Large Members - Betsy Jones & Rosel Schewel

AreYouSmarterSmart Beginnings Asks Area Professionals...
are you smarter than a 3rd grader
Join Smart Beginnings as they pair area professionals against some of the smartest 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders from across the region. 
Watch as brave firefighters, studious librarians, school officials, and United Way of Central Virginia's very own team of "big wigs" (MaryJane Dolan, Marie Martin, Joan Phelps, and Tracy Price) battle it out with the area's brightest youth in the categories of math, history, science, reading and pop culture. Len Stevens from WSET returns once again as emcee, ensuring an evening to entertain us all!

Friday, April 25th


R.S. Payne Auditorium

1201 Floyd Street, Lynchburg


$5/children 12 & under

Purchase tickets at LynchburgTickets.com or call
United Way/Smart Beginnings
: (434) 846-8467

Williams21st Annual Williams United Way Golf Tournament
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Come on out and enjoy a great day for golf with a little Cinco de Mayo flair (or in this case, Dos de Mayo)! The proceeds raised from this tournament will carry double the impact when paired with the Williams corporate match, which is $1 for $1. Sponsorships/registrations for this tournament will be MATCHED by Williams!

Date: Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Location: Ivy Hill Golf Club, Forest, VA
Tee times: 8:00am & 1:30pm
Click here to download the brochure.

Don't miss out - sign up today! If you have any questions, please contact Marcus Carter at (434) 238-3986.

DOCDay of Caring
Mark your calendar and start pulling together your team of hard-working, fun-loving, community-minded friends!

Wednesday, May 21st will mark the 21st anniversary for the community's largest one-day volunteer experience.

Agencies have until April 7th to submit their projects and volunteers can start signing up for them through the Get Connected website beginning April 9th.
day of caring
YLSYLS Spotlight
  Fellow Young Leaders
 Society member, Kanika
 Davis, was crowned Ms.
 Wheelchair Virginia 2014 at
 a state-wide competition in
 Fishersville on March 15th.
 Her motto is "putting the
 wheels in motion". She
 wants to raise awareness
 about the need for handicap accessibility when traveling. During her reign, Kanika plans to be active in the community raising awareness and money for the Ms. Wheelchair Virginia program. We wish her luck as she prepares to head to the national competition in Long Beach, California this summer!
Click here to see coverage from WSET.

A huge thank you to:
Enterprise for donating a 15-passenger van so some of the YLS team could attend to cheer on Kanika
Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy for their donation of hair and makeup services

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Mark Your

2014 UWCV Events


April 2 

Grow One Market Day

April 21 
Lynchburg Cooks

April *TBD 

Harris Golf Tournament

May 2 

Williams Golf Tournament

May 21 

Day of Caring


Campaign Kick-Off 

Feeeenomenal Follies

September 6

Georgia Pacific Toilet Paper Drive 


Food Drive

October 26

Run For Your Life Zombie Run


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