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United Way
of Central Virginia

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EducationReadinessGenworth Surpasses Participation Goal for 2014 Campaign! 

We want to take a moment to say congratulations to the employees of Genworth. Their employee participation this year for the United Way campaign was 71.21%. That's a record setting year and exceeded their goal of 70%! Their contributions to United Way of Central Virginia (UWCV) help improve lives right here in our own region. Together, we can get results and accomplish more than any single group can on its own. These are results that ripple out to the community as a whole. We are proud that Genworth is a part of the important community work that UWCV does to address what matters most to our area - helping our most vulnerable- helping our children achieve their potential, helping families become financially stable and helping everyone live healthy.

It takes the whole community working together to bring about lasting change. By focusing on common goals that are the basic things we all need for a good life, we will create a better tomorrow for everyone. The donations you make to United Way help build a better life for everyone.

Susan Shapiro-Briggs and Michael "Burgundy" Webb graciously agreed to lead and coordinate the 2014 local Genworth campaign.
This duo planned many fun and interesting activities to keep everyone engaged - everything from a Girls Night Out to tricycle races to lip syncing contests... and many more! Weekly campaign updates were "broadcasted" via the Sports News Now Network (SNNN) with these talented anchors:

Check out their videos here: Kick-Off, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4

Genworth - truly a champion for United Way!
BowlathonJoin us for a Rock'n Good Time at AMF Lynchburg Lanes!

Saturday (1/24): 
12pm-3pm SOLD OUT

Sunday (1/25):

Grab your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or complete strangers and don't miss a fun opportunity to make a BIG difference! Interested in participating in this year's Rock 'N Bowl-A-Thon? Teams of 5 need aim to collect a minimum of $35 per person in order to participate and should turn in registrations by January 20th at the latest. Contact Tabitha for more information or to receive a registration packet!

You can also get your forms/materials here:
Bowler Donation Sheet
Team Summary Form/Envelope (for team captains)

This event is presented by:

AFPAFP Awards & Honors
At the annual Association of Fundraising Professionals dinner held on November 11, 2014, some of United Way's finest were recognized for their outstanding achievements in generating philanthropic support.
  • Frances and Don Giles were honored with the Outstanding Philanthropist award. Frances and Don served as United Way Campaign Chairs for two consecutive years. Numerous organizations in Central Virginia are so fortunate to have captured the interest and support of Frances and Don.
  • Genworth received the Outstanding Philanthropic Company award. Genworth associates serve on over 30 non-profit boards in the Central Virginia region for organizations supporting Access to Basic Needs, Educational Opportunities for At-Risk Youth and Seniors.
  • Robert (Bob) Barlow, former Executive Director at The Free Clinic of Central Virginia, was honored with the Outstanding Fundraising Executive award. Bob served as Executive Director for over 10 years. His energy, enthusiasm and connectivity with people gave him the resources he needed to become an exceptional fundraiser.
  • The Timken Company was honored with the Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation Award. Tim Hicks and Curtis Crews ensure there is a strong United Way Campaign each year and facilitate community support through the Foundation.
  • Marcia Thom-Kaley was honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award. Marcia has given of her time and talent to numerous organizations in the Central Virginia area.

The AFP is a professional society whose members are actively employed by nonprofit organizations or by consulting firms that work directly for nonprofits. AFP represents nearly 30,000 members in 200 chapters worldwide, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.  


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OpportunityTED Talks 

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. 
New TED Talk topics will be chosen each month and moderated by United Way staff or other members of the community. Round table discussion follows. 
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.  
Registration is not required, but appreciated. For more information, contact Tracy Price or like us on Facebook.

Upcoming TED Talks

Saturday, December 13, 2014


The White Hart Cafe

Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking


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WLCWomen's Leadership Council (WLC) Awards Grants 

After review by a WLC subcommittee and a vote of the membership, four area organizations were awarded a total of $18,739. Nineteen applications were received. The successful applications are: Tiny Angels Early Learning Center (Appomattox) - $2,089, to support their Virginia Star Quality Initiative program improvement from 3 to 4 stars; Bedford Area Family YMCA - $5,000, to support the Preschool and After School programs;  Smart Beginnings Central Virginia, - $4,150, to support the Virginia Star Quality Initiative program ($3,150) and the Gus the Bus outreach program ($1,000); and the YMCA of Central Virginia - $7,500, to support the summer learning program with Lynchburg's R.S. Payne Elementary.


The WLC Board elections will be held in January. Any members interested in serving should contact President Jennifer McCarthy. 

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YLSYoung Leaders Society (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!
Follow the members of YLS on their journey to CONNECT.SERVE.LEAD. Join our email list HERE.
Next meeting is December 11th, 6:00pm at United Way of Central Virginia's office - 1010 Miller Park Square, Lynchburg

RFPUpcoming RFP Mandatory Meetings - January 7th & 8th

UWCV recently announced the beginning of an open, competitive application process for funding for the period of July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018 for its first Community Impact Issue, Education Readiness. UWCV is seeking proposals for projects and programs that directly support the educational readiness of children at the third grade level and younger, with a particular focus on ages 0-5, and the families of those children.


Information about the Education Readiness Initiative Grant, including a press release, frequently asked questions, a complete timeline, and downloadable draft of the RFP, may be found on UWCV's website at . Any organization which is planning on applying for the grant must attend one of two upcoming Mandatory Meetings for RFP Applicants on January 7th, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. or January 8th, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. The deadline for proposals is February 12th, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Dawn Wise, Director of Community Engagement and Public Relations at or (434) 455-6900.  


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We send you our very best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

The United Way office will be closed December 24th and 25th and January 1st.