United Way creates lasting change by bringing together people and organizations to tackle community issues and invest in proven solutions. Through United Way, the approximately one million residents of the Richmond-Petersburg region have the opportunity to give, advocate and volunteer.
· United Way provided technical assistance and outcome-focused funding to 81 high-priority, effective programs, serving more than 165,000 people in the Richmond-Petersburg region. For many of these programs, United Way is the only stable source of funding, as their government and foundation grants fluctuate from year to year.
· United Way support provides opportunities for at-risk children and families. For example: More than 1,800 children received quality early childhood care and home visiting services last year through United Way-funded programs helping these children improve their health and school readiness.
· More than 14,000 students earned better grades and spent more time in school thanks to United Way-supported youth programs.
· United Way also provides resources to people who are struggling to meet the most basic of needs including food, shelter and employment. Last year more than 30,000 people received services helping them to become more financially stable such as job training and placement services, housing assistance and emergency shelter, and case management services.
· United Way provides essential support to older adults and their caregivers with a goal of maintaining health and independence. United Way-funded programs served more than 7,000 older adults over age 65 through various supportive programs such as home health and adult day care, legal assistance, home delivered meals, and transportation.
In addition to supporting a network of effective programs, United Way partners with other nonprofits, government, companies and individuals to improve community-level systems and conditions. To do this United Way leads and supports a variety of community-level planning and change initiatives. These initiatives focus on preparing children to be ready for and successful in school, helping youth develop positive behaviors, aiding families who are struggling, and supporting older adults to age with dignity and independence.