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United Way
of Central Virginia

Live United - United Way

CabinetThank You, Campaign Cabinet!

United Way's Campaign Cabinet helps us engage with the business community during our annual workplace campaign. The Cabinet, made up of area business leaders and long-time corporate supporters, works collectively to ensure United Way reaches its 2014 campaign goal. We would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to Dr. George Hurt for his successful leadership over the past two years as the Campaign Cabinet Chair. Dr. Hurt has been a huge supporter of UWCV in so many ways, and we appreciate the excellent job he did as Chair, in addition to all of the Cabinet Members listed below. We thank each member and the groups, businesses, and divisions they represent for their support and involvement with this year's campaign.


Skipper Holt - Honorary Campaign Chair 

Nat Marshall, Babcock & Wilcox, Inc. - Vice-Chair 

Marc Schewel, Schewel Furniture Co. - Tocqueville Society 

Brittany McGeoch, Campbell County Youth, Adult & Community Services - Young Leaders Society 

Ryan McEntire, Brown, Edwards and Company, L.L.P. - Accountants 

Bob Bibee, Wiley|Wilson - Architects & Engineers 

Rev. Dennis Roberts, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Clergy & Churches 

Dr. Scott Brabrand, Lynchburg City Schools - Education 

Dr. John Capps, Central Virginia Community College - Education 

Mark Packard, BB&T - Finance (Banks) 

Neal Davidson, Robert W. Baird & Co. - Finance (Financial Advisors)
Sean Huyett, Westminster Canterbury - Healthcare
Dr. Jack MacNeill, Lynchburg Hematology Oncology - Healthcare (Physicians)
John W. Bogolin, Babcock & Wilcox, Inc. - Industry
Curtis Crews, The Timken Company - Industry
Lisa Martin, RHU, D&S Life Agency, Inc. - Insurance
David Laurrell, Campbell County Administrator (former) - Local Government
Kim Payne, Lynchburg City Manager - Local Government
Jeff Taylor, Director of Economic Development, Appomattox - Local Government
Karen Wilder, The Arc of Central Virginia - Non-Profits
Billy Flint, Flint Property Group - Real Estate
Rob Pearson, Charley's Restaurant - Service/Commercial
Tess Thomas, J. Crew - Service/Commercial
Teresa Weinmeister, AREVA - Service/Commercial
Winfred Nash, Babcock & Wilcox, Inc. (retired) - Retirees

Challenge$15,000 Match Issued to Help Finish Strong Campaign

We are excited to announce that two of our faithful donors have stepped forward to help us finish a strong 2014 campaign. Bank of the James, along with George and Cinda Hurt, have issued a matching challenge of $15,000.  


With the economy in slow recovery, unemployment on a steady decline and lower gas prices, we can sometimes think that the need for assistance from United Way and its funded programs is lessening. Unfortunately, we continue to see an influx of pressing human service needs. We need your help now more than ever!


Your one-time gift can be matched dollar for dollar. To donate, call United Way of Central Virginia at 846-8467 or visit us at and click the DONATE button.   

The 2015 Bowl-A-Thon Was Definitely Rock'n!

What a wonderful turnout for our 5th annual Bowl-A-Thon - we were able to raise over $25,000! We want to thank the following companies, groups and organizations for banding together to raise funds to help support critical programs and services throughout our community:

Anthony & Co., AREVA, Babcock & Wilcox, Bank of the James, Bedford Hills Elementary, Boy Scouts, Campbell County, Central Virginia Chiropractic, CommScope, Embrace Home Loans, First National Bank, Forest Rotary Club, Frito Lay, Genworth, GP Big Island, The Harrington Corporation, IRON Lives, J. Crew, Kidd's Restoration & Cleaning Services, Moore & Giles, Parker Integrated Sealing Systems, Pepsi, TRAX International, Wiley|Wilson, and Young Leaders Society.

We have some prize winners to announce!

5th Generation iPod Touch w/ $100 iTunes Gift Card
Mark Wood

Moore & Giles Wynn Mail Bag 
Dan Tobin

Rocker/Glider from Grand Home Furnishings
Breanne Crandall

R2D2 Coolers
Thomas Marple & Ellis Tomlin

Rain Tour Tickets
Heather Franklin

Rashad Jennings (NY Giants) Autographed Hat 
Ted Dalheim

United Way Annual Meeting
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, UWCV held its annual meeting to elect new board members and officers and reflect on the hard work done throughout the previous year.

Read the highlights from Marie Martin in her Review of 2014

Congratulations to the new Board Officers:
Mike Shadler (Genworth) - Board Chair
Dr. George Hurt - Chair-Elect
Patrick Richardson (Bank of the James) - Secretary
Greg Graham (Southern Air) - Treasurer
MaryJane Dolan - Immediate Past Chair
Nat Marshall (Babcock & Wilcox) - Campaign Chair, 2015
John Krakora - Fund Distribution Chair

Welcome new Board Members:
Dr. John Capps (CVCC)
John Francisco (Edmunds & Williams)
John Kenney (TRAX, LLC)
Nat Marshall (Babcock & Wilcox)
Kim Payne (Lynchburg City Manager)
Tamara Rosser (Department of Human Services)
Len Stevens (WSET-13)

Returning Board Members:
Alton Brown (News & Advance)
Kathy Bryant (GP Big Island, LLC)
Cheryl Midkiff (Piedmont Community Health Plan)
David Neumeyer (Virginia Legal Aid Society)
Dan Petriskie (Nationwide)
Randy Smith (Liberty University)
Bill Varner (Centra)

Many thanks to those exiting the Board. You have been invaluable to our success!
Don Banker (Banker Steel)
Janice Crawford (AREVA)
Larry Jackson (Appalachian Power)
David Laurrell (Campbell County)
Scott Nagley (Babcock & Wilcox)
Rick Verilla (Campbell County DSS)

NancyAward Nominations Due
We will be accepting nominations for the Nancy L. Sorrells Memorial Award through February 18, 2015.

Nancy L. awardSorrells worked for United Way of Central Virginia for 24 years before losing her battle with cancer in early 1999.  As reflected by her character and personal drive to serve, Nancy worked tirelessly during her various treatments and demonstrated wonderful courage and fortitude. 

This award is presented annually to a staff member of a human/social service organization whose professionalism and dedication reflects those characteristics embodied by Nancy during her twenty-four years of service to United Way of Central Virginia.

Click HERE for the nomination form.
For questions, please contact Joan Phelps, 455-6906.

OpportunityTED Talks 

Upcoming TED Talks

Saturday, February 14, 2015


The White Hart Cafe

The Most Watched TED Talk of All Time 

Sir Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity


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.


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BreakfastUnited Way Awards Breakfast
Mark your calendar for the annual UWCV Awards Breakfast! With a great 2014 campaign, trophythere will be much to applaud and many to honor!

Thursday, March 26 
Kirkley Hotel & Conference Center
2900 Candlers Mountain Rd, Lynchburg

Call (434)846-8467 to make reservations.

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YLSYoung Leaders Society (YLS) 
YLS says THANK YOU to all the volunteers that came out to help with the Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, January 24th and Sunday, January 25th!

WLCWhat is the WLC? 

The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) is a United Way of Central Virginia program that connects women through philanthropy, leadership and community activism. Together, women identify and address critical needs in the area such as education, health or income; raise funds to meet these needs; and collectively decide how the funds they raise will be distributed. Becoming advocates for a common goal fosters the Council members' own values of leadership and philanthropy even as hope and change are brought to the lives of others less fortunate.


Their mission is to mobilize the caring power of women who are united by a shared passion: improving the quality of life in their community. 


What is expected from a member?

  • Make a minimum financial commitment of $1,000 per year to the WLC (age 40 and above),or $500 per year (age 39 and under), above your annual contribution to the campaign

  • Join a WLC subcommittee

  • Host a WLC event

  • Attend WLC events and encourage others to join

  • Be a spokesperson for United Way and its Women's Leadership Council

2015 United Way
Holiday/Closing Schedule:

February 16th
April 3rd
May 25th
July 3rd
September 7th
November 26th & 27th
December 24th & 25th