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United Way
of Central Virginia

Live United - United Way

United Way Honors the Community
On Thursday, March 26th, United Way of Central Virginia honored many individuals, businesses and organizations that have diligently worked throughout the year to help make the 2014 campaign a success. Scot McCarthy, Director of Talent Development for Centra Health, acted as Master of Ceremonies and entertained more than 160 who were in attendance during the annual Awards Celebration at The Kirkley Hotel and Conference Center.


Marie Martin, United Way of Central Virginia's Executive Director stated, "To quote John F. Kennedy, 'Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.' And we at United Way are looking to a wonderful future, as we make our change from program focus to issues focus. And you, the community, have spoken by showing us your outstanding support for our first issue of Education Readiness."


During the awards celebration, Corporate Leader Awards were given to those corporations that climbed the pinnacle by delivering the highest campaign results. We are proud to announce the following winners: $300,000 - Genworth Financial; $200,000 - AREVA, Babcock and Wilcox, & Centra; and $100,00 - Nationwide.


Some other notable honors went to:

AREVA - Helping Hand Award, for their continuous commitment to UWCV and their tremendous leadership in the community


Gene Koster - Ron Dolan Spirit of Caring Award, for long-standing commitment to programs & services that care for our citizens' urgent needs


Mike Daly - Virginia B. Whitehouse Award, for exemplifying the values of community, volunteerism, & caring and for significantly impacting the lives of others in need


Jubilee Family Development Center - W. David Crews Award, for demonstrating a strong focus on mission and providing effective outcomes for its clients


Lynchburg Sheltered Industries - Valerie Camm Organ Award, for most effectively promoting its partnership with UWCV

Additionally, two members of United Way of Central Virginia's Young Leaders Society--Brittany McGeoch and Luke Orman--received awards for their service to United Way of Central Virginia and the community. To read more about these two young award winners, click here.


United Way of Central Virginia's staff, Board and Campaign Cabinet know that it takes everyone stepping up, chipping in, and going the extra mile to create opportunities and change in our region. We thank you for your support and encourage everyone to "LIVE UNITED!"

OpportunityTED Talks 








Saturday, April 11, 2015


The White Hart Cafe

From TED2015 

Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads?


In 1962, "Dame Steve" founded Freelance Programmers, a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which ultimately made 70 of her team members millionaires. In this talk from last month's TED conference, she explains how she upended expectations of the time, raised her profoundly autistic son, and became one of Britain's premier philanthropists.   


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.


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MarketDayGreat Day at the Market!

United Way of Central Virginia's Grow One: Start-up for Young Entrepreneurs and the Center for Economic Education at Lynchburg College held their third annual Market Day on March 26 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. 183 elementary students from Lynchburg City and Bedford and Appomattox County schools operated their own businesses and competed for Most Innovative, Outstanding Marketer, and Outstanding Entrepreneur awards.


Our winners:

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Little Critters - Forest Elementary

Honorable Mention

Duct Tape Hats - Thomas Jefferson Elementary


Outstanding Marketer

Monster Making Machine - Perrymont Elementary

Honorable Mention

Bag Ladies & Gent - Jubilee Family Development Center


Most Innovative

Colored Lights - Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Honorable Mention

Emoji - Boonsboro Elementary


Currency Design Winner

Austyn Briceland - Appomattox Elementary    



Special thanks to our judges:  
Tance Laughon - Bank of the James 
Danny Givens - Givens Books and Little Dickens 
Abe Loper - The White Hart Café & Blackwater Coffee 
Nat Marshall - Babcock and Wilcox 
Brian Sumutka - Genworth 
Tony Camm - Tony Camm Show and MG Experience

Kim Wilkerson - Central Virginia Federal Credit Union

Anthony Andrews - Twenty23 Men's Haberdashery

Steven Wilder - Amherst County High School

Thanks also to our sponsor, the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority, and to Lynchburg College and the Lynchburg College Entrepreneurship Organization for their support.

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!


SBCVSmart Beginnings Asks...
are you smarter than a 3rd grader
Join Smart Beginnings as they pair area professionals against some of the smartest 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders
from across the region. Watch some familiar faces battle it out with the area's brightest youth in the categories of math, history, science, reading and pop culture!

Friday, April 17th, 6:00-8:30pm

Brookville Middle School 

$10/adults; $5/children ages 4-12

Children under age four admitted free  

Group rates available - call (434)455-6914. 

LCooksLynchburg Cooks for Hunger Relief
Lynchburg cooks Please join us for our 24th Annual Lynchburg Cooks for Hunger Relief on Monday, April 20th from 6-9pm at Phase 2. Over 40 local vendors will be showcasing their signature dishes/ beverages in support of three local agencies that are working to wipe out hunger in our region: Bedford Christian Ministries, CVACL (Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living), and Lynchburg Daily Bread. One hundred percent of ticket sales will be donated to these three locations to support hunger relief projects. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and can be purchased on our website (upper left-hand corner) or at Bulls Steakhouse, Charley's Restaurant or Phase 2.

This year's event is from 6-9pm and will showcase entertainment from Apple Butter Soul. Patrons can also experience a silent auction offering delectable restaurant gift certificates and items to suit any chef! Please click here if you'd like to download a poster.
DOCDay of Caring
Mark your calendar and start pulling together your team of
hard-working, fun-loving, community-minded friends!

Wednesday, May 20th will mark the 22nd anniversary for the community's largest one-day volunteer experience.

Agencies have been submitting their projects and you can start signing up for them through the Get Connected website beginning April 15th. If you are a Facebook user, please "like" our Day of Caring Facebook page to find out more about participating agencies and their projects.

YLSYoung Leaders Society (YLS)
Congratulations to two of our Young Leaders who were honored at this year's United Way Annual Awards Breakfast.

Brittany McGeoch received the Josephine "Jiggie" Holt Young Philanthropist of the Year Award. This award's namesake, Jiggie Holt, was an active leader in numerous charitable and civic organizations throughout her life, including United Way of Central Virginia. In her memory, this award was created to recognize a young philanthropist, 40 years old or younger, who has demonstrated a passionate desire to help others through financial support of United Way and service to non-profit organizations and institutions within Central Virginia.

Receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award (and a standing ovation) was Luke Orman. This award is provided to an individual who has given his/her time, talents, and energy to building a better community through volunteering with the United Way of Central Virginia. Luke has been volunteering with United Way since February 2012, and we are so thankful for the countless hours he gives answering the phones, greeting visitors, helping with special events, and serving with the YLS. Luke has a very special story, and you can read all about it here.

This month's newsletter is
sponsored by one of our

Partner Agency Events
WLCWomen's Leadership Council (WLC)  
The WLC annual spring membership event is coming up soon. This is a great opportunity to introduce others to the WLC. Please consider bringing a guest.  Invitations will be mailed.

The Leadership Team is planning site visits and program updates at spring meetings with the organizations which received grant funds this year. They include Tiny Angels Early Learning Center in Appomattox, Bedford YMCA, Lynchburg YMCA, and Smart Beginnings' Gus the Bus program. If you'd like to join us, contact Jennifer McCarthy.

The WLC would also like to announce their 2015 Officers and Board.
CHAIR: Jennifer McCarthy
VICE-CHAIR: Margie Lippard
Christa Reed
EVENTS PLANNING & MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Harriet Whitten & Cassidy Jones
AT-LARGE: MaryJane Dolan

Volunteers are needed. Please contact Jennifer McCarthy, President, if you would like an opportunity to work with and get to know a great group of women... all while helping better our community. Board members serve two year terms with one renewal; officers serve two years.

United Way Initiatives
Need a referral? Have a question about services in your area? Call 2-1-1. It's the non-emergency answer to 9-1-1. 

Get Connected is an easy-to-use web-based platform that matches the right donors, advocates, and volunteers with the right opportunities in our neighborhoods. Use Get Connected to find ways to give your unused materials and household items to agencies in need of donations, advocate for causes that require your passionate voice, and volunteer your time in ways that make a real difference. Sign up HERE.

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!


Stay up-to-date with all the great things happening in our community and share photos and stories of your United Way fun!