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United Way
of Central Virginia

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EducationReadiness2014 Campaign Kick-Off 

United Way of Central Virginia will officially kick-off its 2014 Annual Campaign on Thursday, September 18th at Miller Park in Lynchburg. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30pm and feature food, music and displays from United Way of Central Virginia partner agencies. We invite the public to attend and to learn more about the work United Way of Central Virginia is doing to support the health of our community, as well as our new initiative - Education Readiness (please RSVP to Amy). The Education Readiness Initiative is a collaborative effort between United Way partners and community members to reach a goal of 90% third grade reading proficiency by 2025. To find out more about the Education Readiness Initiative, visit or our new Meet Jamie Facebook page. 

The Kickoff event marks the start of United Way of Central Virginia's annual fundraising effort and gives the organization an opportunity to thank local companies, donors and volunteers for their generosity and commitment to our community. Under the leadership of our Campaign Chair, Dr. George Hurt, and his 2014 Campaign Cabinet, a group of civic and business leaders who volunteer to raise funds and strengthen donor relationships, United Way has expanded its campaign marketing to include the familiar United Way roadside signs, billboards, public service announcements that will air on WSET and Comcast, as well as electronic and social media sites. Be on the lookout for these billboards and signs in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell Counties and the City of Lynchburg! 


This year's campaign has received a boost from several local area companies that set the pace by running early workplace/special event campaigns. Their enthusiasm and generosity has helped to "jump start" our campaign efforts. Campaign results are still coming from the following Pacesetter businesses:


American National Bank, Appalachian Power, Belk,  

Bank of the James, Harris Corporation, J. Crew, Kroger, Macy's, Moore & Giles, Scott Insurance, Target, Timken, Walmart, Westminster Canterbury, Williams Company


OpportunityJoin Us for TED Talks!
Over the summer, United Way of Central Virginia hosted monthly Opportunity Talks, short video presentations focusing on entrepreneurship followed by round table discussion. 
Similarly, beginning in September, we are proud to host TED Talks discussions second Saturdays at 8:00 am at the White Hart Cafe and third Thursdays at noon at the United Way building. 

TED is a nonprofit organization that features internationally-renowned speakers discussing topics in the areas of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED Talks are short video recordings of these discussions. 
Locally hosted TED Talks present an opportunity for open dialogue about our collective vision for Central Virginia and its citizens. 
New TED Talk topics will be chosen each month and moderated by United Way staff or other members of the community. Group discussion will follow. 
These talks are free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to purchase the White Hart Cafe's delicious beverages and breakfast items at the Saturday morning sessions. For Thursday noon sessions, feel free to bring a bag lunch. 
Registration is not required, but appreciated. For more information, contact Tracy Price or like us on Facebook.

Upcoming TED Talks
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The White Hart Cafe
William Kamkwamba: How I Harnessed the Wind 

Thursday, September 18, 2014
noon-1:00 pm
United Way of Central Virginia
David R. Dow: Lessons from Death Row Inmates

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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 or by calling (434)846-8467. Download the poster here.

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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 partner agencies and other non-profit organizations in our region.
FolliesHooray For Follie-Wood!

You are invited on October 4th to the Academy of Fine Arts as we present the 6th Annual Feeeenomenal Follies!

"Follies Take Hollywood......Let's Go to the Movies!"
Join us and see your favorite well known local "entertainers"

Tickets are $35 each. Starts at 6:00pm. Visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

This fabulous show will feature: Anthony Andrews, Stephanie Andrews, MaryJane Dolan, Christina Fantasia, Daniel Forbes, Dr. Ken & Sheila Garren, Katie Gilligan, Tom Good, James Hubbard, Dr. George Hurt, Linzie Johnson, Scott Kaley, Nat Marshall, Marie Martin, Virginia McCarthy, Arline Ore, John Stafford, Sandra Tapia, Jeff Taylor, Marjette Upshur, and Diann Woolridge.
ZombieZombies Will Be Infecting Lynchburg on October 26th
Registration is officially open!! Tickets are $20 for Zombies, thanks again to the tactical team of Wolfbane Productions, and $35 for runners. This year, runners have to survive through a much longer, and obstacle packed course- thanks to the United States Army! You can also purchase additional life flags this year through the Red Cross to obtain on the course. You don't want to miss the second annual Run for Your Life at Presbyterian Homes Campus! 

WLCWomen's Leadership Council (WLC)
Women's Leadership Council
Fall Social & Membership Recruitment
Tuesday, September 16
5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wiley & Wilson Headquarters 
127 Nationwide Drive

Bring a friend! Enjoy stimulating conversation with other community leaders and  good food while learning how the WLC grant program is helping improve early childhood literacy in our community. Small group discussions will focus on our core issues. RSVP by 9/8 to Amy Fisher at 434-455-6919. Donation of $17 suggested.

WLC Grants
Applications are now being accepted for projects which support children's literacy activities. Focus areas are: after school programs (K-5th grade), Summer Learning, Early Childhood Literacy (birth - age 6), and Quality Child Care. Full details and application forms are on the United Way web site (under "About Us" and then click on "Affinity Groups"). Deadline for submission is September 9, 2014.

YLSYoung Leaders (YLS)

YLS will be hosting a Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on Friday, September 5 at The Yellow Sub on Old Forest Rd. Registration will be from 6-6:45 PM and the tournament will begin at 7 PM. Cost is $20/per team and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

All proceeds will be used to support United Way funded programs and initiatives including the Young Leaders Society and the events they participate in throughout the year. We will have Entertainment by DJ B Psi as well as 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Join the members of YLS on their journey to CONNECT.SERVE.LEAD.

Want more information about YLS?

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