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GrowOneGrow One Market Day
United Way of Central Virginia's Grow One: Start-up for Young Entrepreneurs and the Center for Economic Education at Lynchburg College held their second annual Market Day on April 2nd at Lynchburg College's Memorial Ballroom. Market Day is the culminating event for Mini-Economy, an experience-based curriculum teaching entrepreneurship and economics while reinforcing multiple Standards of Learning. Nearly 160 elementary students from Lynchburg City and Bedford County schools operated their own businesses and competed for Most Innovative, Outstanding Marketer, and Outstanding Entrepreneur awards.

Special thanks to our judges:
Marjette Upshur - Lynchburg Office of Economic Development Vickie Spencer - Bank of the James
Danny Givens - Givens Books and Little Dickens
Anastacia Rice - Anastacia's World of Whimsy
Shamus Rice - Shamus' Sweets
Mark Poleski - Sleepy Hollow Art
Darrell Haag and Jason Lagesse - Seiontec and Momentum Co-working and Hackerspace
Tabitha Abbott - United Way of Central Virginia
Abe Loper - The White Hart Cafe
Nat Marshall - Babcock and Wilcox
Brian Sumutka - Genworth
Tony Camm - Tony Camm Show on Hot 103.9FM
Kim Wilkerson - Central Virginia Federal Credit Union
Thanks also to our sponsors and supporters: the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority, Lynchburg College, Genworth, Central Virginia Federal Credit Union, Lynchburg College Entrepreneurship Organization, Givens Books and Little Dickens, Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Liberty University Business School Honor Society, and All Fired Up.

Youth entrepreneurship programs like Mini-Economy and Market Day help ensure a vibrant local economy through business development and a skilled workforce. We are proud of our young entrepreneurs!
LynchburgCooksLynchburg Cooks "Cooks Up" a Huge Success!
The line was half-way down the parking lot at 5:30pm on Monday, April 21st, waiting for the doors to open for the 23rd annual Lynchburg Cooks for Hunger Relief. This event raised over $17,000 for Hunger Relief in Central Virginia.

Over 30 vendors displayed their signature dishes and beverages for all to enjoy... while others took to the dance floor and grooved to the music of The MG Experience Band. Everyone left the evening full and feeling good knowing they supported three local non-profits that address hunger in our region:

DAWN (Donation-A-Week Neighbor)

Piedmont Community Mission
The Salvation Army

THANK YOU to every restaurant, beverage distributor, volunteer, committee member, donor and ticket holder for supporting this event and making it such a great success!

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WLCSpring Definitely Has Sprung! 
The Spring Women in Leadership Council (WLC) luncheon, held at Oakwood Country Club on April 24, drew 40 current and potential supporters. The goal of the WLC is to mobilize the power of women to advance the Common Good in our community through leadership, fundraising and advocacy.

Philanthropy is one of the core values of the WLC. Since 2009, the WLC has provided $181,000, primarily through individual memberships, to programs supporting the needs of women and children in Central Virginia. Fundraising takes place via the annual memberships, which are $1,000 for those over 40 and $500 for those under 40 years of age.

President Jennifer McCarthy welcomed the group, and Council members Georgia Fauber and Kathy Tharp described several family and literacy focused projects the WLC has supported - like Little Wings and Bass Elementary.There were 26 gift prizes provided by small businesses in Lynchburg which were given to those attending.

Currently, the WLC supports Rex the Literacy Resource Bus which has been received very enthusiastically. Rex visits the College Hill and James Crossing Apartments each three times weekly bringing books and reading-related activities to the residents.

Energetic women are needed to carry forth this mission. Call the United Way office at (434) 846-8467 for more information about joining the WLC.
AreYouSmarterWere They Smarter Than a 3rd Grader...?
On Friday, April 25th, Smart Beginnings Central Virginia held its second annual Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?
The event, held at R.S. Payne Elementary School, featured first, second and third grade students from throughout Central Virginia, competing against teams of adults and answering questions in math, science, spelling and more.

Competing teams included: Campbell County Librarians, Firefighters, Amherst Commonwealth Attorneys Office, Principals and Teachers, and United Way of Central Virginia's very own Marie Martin (Executive Director), Joan Phelps (VP Community Impact), Tracy Price (VP Finance & Operations), and MaryJane Dolan (United Way Board Chair).

All teams put up a good fight, but admittedly, none of the teams beat the kids.
For two years running now... kids win!! 
WilliamsGolfWilliams United Way Golf Tournament
williams logoThe weather was perfect for the 21st Annual Williams United Way Golf Tournament, held on Friday, May 2nd, and there was definitely Cinco de Mayo flair to be seen all around the course. We will announce the winners soon, so be on the lookout for an update from us! The proceeds raised from this tournament will carry double the impact when paired with the Williams corporate match, which is $1 for $1!

Special thanks to our sponsors who helped to make this such a wonderful event!

Eagle ($5,000)

Belvac Production Machinery

Cary Roberts

The Harrington Corporation

Moore & Giles

The News & Advance

Robert Roberts


Birdie ($2,500)

Bank of the James

Electronic Design & Manufacturing

Hurt & Proffitt


Par ($1,000)

Banker Steel Company

D&S Agency

Piedmont Community Health Plan 



Bogey ($500)

Flippin, Bruce & Porter  


Hole ($200)



DOCDay of Caring
This year's 21st annual event will once again bring our community together for the largest one-day volunteer initiative in Central Virginia on May 21st! For more information regarding this event, visit our website (www.unitedwaycv.org) and click the Day of Caring icon on the front page. This year's lunch will be held at City Stadium from 12:00-2:00pm with exciting entertainment you won't want to miss!

A BIG thank you to Brett Howell and Synergy Marketing & Design, Inc. for this year's t-shirt design. Their overall help with this event has been phenomenal!

OldDominionThank You Old Dominion Job Corps!
We want to give a "shout out" to Old Dominion Job Corps for painting the new Smart Beginnings offices and our Conference Room (along with doing many other small repairs throughout the building). Thanks to your talents, this place has never looked so good!

EasterBunnyHere comes Peter Cottontail...

Who's that hoppin' down the bunny trail? It's Tabitha Abbott, UWCV Special Events Coordinator! She showed up in costume for the Community Easter Egg Hunt for the Challenged on Good Friday, April 18th, at Altavista's English Park. This annual event is held for people with intellectual and physical challenges of any age and from anywhere. The Easter Bunny made sure to stop and give a hug or a piece of candy to all the smiling faces, and as you can see, she even posed for pictures!

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A group of YLSers showed their stuff at the Roanoke-Salem Color Run on Saturday, April 5th! This was a fun 5K run where runners go through color stations and come out looking like rainbows on the other side. They had TONS of fun and some were even still finding rainbow dust all over their cars a week later!


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2014 UWCV Events


May 13

  Harris 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


You Never Know Who You'll Find Living United


Harris Corporation, a United Way Pacesetter Company, kicks off their 2014 Campaign with a month filled with fun employee activities.  


Their United Way committee has been busy coordinating special events: an Ice Cream Social, a Pet Photo competition, Bake Sale and their annual Harris Golf Tournament.


  All events will raise funds and awareness for United Way of Central Virginia. Harris employees know how to LIVE UNITED! 
Welcome New Agency Director 

We would like to introduce a new UWCV partner agency Executive Director:

Christina Delzingaro,
Free Clinic of Central Virginia

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