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United Way
of Central Virginia

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EducationReadinessThe Education Readiness Initiative
United Way of Central Virginia partners with agencies to address the needs of our citizens. Our focus is on:




These are the building blocks for a good quality of life.


United Way of Central Virginia has been looking at ways to maximize the impact of your dollars and the health of our community. As a result of these conversations and discussions with local United Way partners and community members, a plan has been developed to gradually move toward a more targeted approach in the coming years known as - Community Impact.

United Way of Central Virginia's Board of Directors voted unanimously to begin moving from an organization which only funds partner programs to an organization that identifies the core issues that will significantly impact the quality of life for citizens of Central Virginia. This change will continue to evolve slowly in the years ahead as the issues most important to our community are identified. Our goal is not to do less, but to do more by concentrating on areas where we can have a measurable impact and where we can have the most positive effect under Education, Income and Health.


Beginning with this Campaign, our first Community Impact issue, under the building block of EDUCATION, has been identified as - Education Readiness. This issue is something that impacts all of us in so many ways. Through Education Readiness, we will be focusing on families with children from birth through the 3rd grade. In order for children to be successful, they need:

*Readiness Skills

*Healthy Lifestyles

*Family Stability



90% Third Grade Reading Proficiency by 2025


It is important to understand that we will continue to fund partner agency programs as we transition to the Community Impact model.


As we roll out the Education Readiness Initiative and are able to evaluate its success, we will also take a look at other issues in the building blocks of INCOME and HEALTH that will have the most beneficial impact possible in our community and effectively allocate your resources to these programs. 


United Way of Central Virginia can make changes happen but cannot make the changes alone; we need your assistance & the support of the entire Central Virginia Community. We want to make sure we are making the best and most positive use of our donors' dollars - your dollars


We ask that you join us in this important work and support us through giving, advocating, or volunteering your time. 


The Statisticks of Central Virginia
The Statisticks of Central Virginia
KickoffSave the Date!
2014 Campaign Kick-Off
Do you know what United Way does, or what partner agencies it supports? If you want to know more, join us September 18th for free food, entertainment, and to meet our agencies in Miller Park from 5:30-8:00pm for our Campaign Kick-Off Picnic! For more information about this event, contact Tabitha Abbott at (434)455-6909.

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ECMDon't Miss Out on ECM Training
What is ECM Training? "ECM" stands for Employee Campaign Manager and we invite you and your Campaign Team to join us for a two hour overview of how to run a successful workplace campaign.

You will be given tools to develop a company-wide campaign plan,
to create fundraising strategies, and to generate enthusiasm for the campaign.

Training dates are: 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


(breakfast provided)


Thursday, August 28, 2014


(lunch provided) 

Both meetings will be held at United Way of Central Virginia, 1010 Miller Park Square. You need only to attend one training. Please email Amy prior to August 15th to register. 
If you are unable to make it to the provided trainings, please contact Lisa to schedule a personal training for you and your Campaign Team.

OpportunityJoin Us for Opportunity Talks!
Opportunity Talks continues with Cameron Herold's 2010 TEDTalk presentation, "Let's Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs."


As a child, Herold struggled in school but discovered he could start and run his own successful businesses. Today, he is guru to many young growth company CEOs. 


Herold advises parents and educators to recognize and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in young people through everyday interactions and experimentation.    

Join us Saturday, August 9th from 8:00-9:00am at the White Hart Cafe, 1208 Main Street, Lynchburg.

Opportunity Talks are free and open to the public. 


You may purchase the White Hart's delicious coffees and breakfast items before, during, or after the talk. 


RSVP by email or visiting us on Facebook. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated.   


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PokerRunCalling All Motorcyclists

B&W is hosting their 3rd Annual Ride United, Live United Poker Run to benefit United Way of Central Virginia!

Date: September 13th
Time: 9:00am (registration); 10:00am (first bike out)
Registration Location: Phase 2, 4009 Murray Pl., Lynchburg
The Ride: through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains

Tickets are $20 in advance and will be available for purchase through UWCV's website via Paypal later this month... or by calling (434)846-8467.

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PaperPaper Product Drive
Thanks to a generous donation from Georgia Pacific - Big Island of 21,000 rolls of toilet paper, United Way and GP will be at Sam's Club on September 20th to encourage shoppers to purchase paper products for our partner agencies. You can load up our tractor trailer at Sam's Club with paper towels, paper plates, paper cups and napkins for us to disperse to our 28 partner agencies in need!

WLCWomen's Leadership Council (WLC)
WLC members are united by a shared passion: advancing the Common Good in our communities through leadership, philanthropy, and community activism. Please join us in providing programs to support women and children in Central Virginia. Since its formation in 2009, the WLC has distributed over $181,000 to programs targeting early childhood literacy. We anticipate the release of the grant application later this month. Won't you join a dynamic group of women and help us continue our work? FY 2015 memberships are now available. Yearly gifts are:
  • Age 40 and over - $1,000
  • Age 39 and under - $500
Call Joan Phelps (434-846-8467) or email her at for more information.
YLSYoung Leaders (YLS)

United Way recognizes that the leaders of tomorrow start today. People who not only talk about ideas but also shape those ideas into reality--who look around and see ways to improve the lives of others.


Are you between the ages of 18-40? Are you interested in joining like-minded individuals to make the greatest impact in our community? Do you like to volunteer, have fun and make a difference?


YES? Then the YLS is for you!   

Do you know a high school senior or college student looking for volunteerism opportunities to put on college applications or job resumes? Tell them to join YLS! 


What is required?

  • Buy a $5 LIVE UNITED tee and promise to wear it often.
  • Volunteer your time at a variety of events, fundraisers and awareness-raisers in our community.
  • Bring your ideas, skills, input and know-how to monthly meetings.
  • Tell a friend!

How do I get involved?

  • Join our email list HERE
  • Attend our next meeting: Wednesday, August 13th at 6:00pm, United Way of Central Virginia Office
Congratulations to the winners of our 2014 Williams Golf Tournament...

...Bank of the James!

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smart beginnings
Is your passion working to improve the quality of care and education for children from birth until kindergarten? That's the Smart Beginnings mission, and they do it well!


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