Walk the Red Carpet with our Paparazzi

The countdown is on to one of the most glamorous events in the Burg, the Red Carpet Gala to benefit United Way of Central VA.  What will you be wearing on our Red Carpet??? Join the Gals from Living in the Heart of Virginia on our red carpet!                   Mike McKendree with The Mike Show on radio 434.com. And our very own, Scot McCarthy! Thanks to all of our VOLUNTEER Paparazzi! Our photographers: Christina Ball, Charisse Wade , Butch Bryant, Steve Romine and Benjamin Brown Our Videographer: Woody Watts A Big thanks to PhotoWorks for the use of their lights for the event! Step aside Jimmy Kimmel, meet our event emcees: Prepare to be entertained at the Second Annual Red Carpet Gala! We’ll see you on the red carpet this Saturday! Get your tickets HERE.      ...

Be Entertained at the Red Carpet Gala on February 25th!

Are you a cinema buff? Do you sit at home watching the Oscars wishing you could be ON the red carpet with your favorite celebs instead of sitting on your couch envying the gowns and glitz from afar? What if you could party like a celebrity right here in Lynchburg? We are here to make that wish come true! UWCV will be hosting our 2nd annual Red Carpet Gala at the Academy Center of the Arts the day before the Academy Awards Ceremony this year- so you won’t miss a minute of the big show! We have SO many Oscar-worthy additions to our event this year and we can’t wait to glam it up with you! Here is some of the entertainment you can look forward to on the big night: We will be dancing the night away with The Dundies. This dreamy local band delivers popular tunes sure to get your feet moving on the dance floor.  Tying right into our Community Impact focus here at UWCV, our Education Readiness Initiative, we will also have a special performance by the sweet children of Forest Dance Academy. This dance group will be performing “Straight Outta Aaaahz”, an adaptation of the 1940 Oscar Winner, The Wizard of Oz. A big thanks to Marcia Thom-Kaley for working behind the scenes for the past few weeks putting together dance performances from the Oscar nominated films of 2017! A little throwback to one of our popular events, Feeeenominal Follies. Stay tuned for more Red Carpet Gala magic in the weeks to come. It will be a night you DO NOT want to miss!...
City of Lynchburg Human Services Employees “Live United”

City of Lynchburg Human Services Employees “Live United”

On Friday, December 2nd, employees from the City of Lynchburg’s Department of Human Services visited United Way’s Miller Park office as part of City Manager Bonnie Svrcek’s initiative to have City employees become more familiar with the many health and human service providers and services in the area. The eleven employees helped pack backpacks for our Backpacks for Kids’ Sake program, observed 211 operators as they fielded resource calls, helped our Development staff prepare mailings, and toured Smart Beginnings Central Virginia and their literacy buses, Rex and Gus. We are so thankful this group came to visit to learn more about the many programs and services UWCV and 211 does, as well as for all of the help the Human Services department provides for Lynchburg’s...
Why you need to know about CASA

Why you need to know about CASA

Hi, my name is Heather. I’m a journalism student at Lynchburg College originally from Northern Virginia. I recently met with United Way and they asked me if I would be interested in running a blog for them. Instantly I was excited, not only because I get to do something I’m passionate about, but also because I get to go out and meet all of these amazing non-profits which United Way works with. Recently, I met with CASA a.k.a. Court Appointed Special Advocates and here are some things you should know about them… 10 reasons to know about Court Appointed Special Advocates: The CASA program is one of a kind They’re helping benefit the community one child at a time They train volunteers to be superheros The CASA program in Lynchburg, Va.  served over 298 kids with 104 volunteers last year alone   They are a national non-profit but specifically serve the Lynchburg, Bedford and  Campbell Counties Kids without a CASA volunteer are more likely to stay in the foster care program for longer There are typically 50 to 60 kids on the waiting list If left on the waiting list for too long the kids get sent back into the system Their highest demographic are children is under the age of 5 They have an upcoming Superhero race on November 5 in Downtown Lynchburg One of CASA’s mottos is “the constant omits the chaos.” Their volunteers act as this constant for the children within the program. While many are struggling with balancing their overly hectic school life along with their court appointments, bouncing foster families, meetings with their families,...
The need for FOOD in our city

The need for FOOD in our city

It’s real. Hunger. It lives in Central Virginia just like everywhere else and it impacts the lives of so many. Did you know that United Way of Central Virginia’s partner agencies served 213,220 meals to those in need in 2015? This is a 200% increase than years prior. That is staggering. 48% of children in our area under the age of 18 are at risk of going hungry. 48%!!!!!!! Can you even imagine one of your children going to bed HUNGRY??? This happens because over 21% of children under the age of 17 live in poverty in Central VA. Just one more hard to swallow statistic- no pun intended. It is time to make a change and YOU can help. UWCV hosts an annual food drive that is taking place right now in your area. This food drive benefits 11 area food banks that are in deficit in the month of October. Agencies such as Dawn, Bedford Christian Ministries, Lake Christian Ministries, Park View Community Mission, Rivermont Area Food Pantry, Piedmont Community Impact, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Salvation Army, Missionary Food Bank, REAP and New Prospect Baptist Church Food Pantry. During this drive, we collect non-perishable items that you can get at your local grocery store. Luckily- Kroger has decided to partner with us this year and at any of our area Kroger stores, you can purchase items and donate them right there. Last year, we raised enough to give two large barrels of food to each agency, which looked like a lot- but in theory, won’t get them far. We will also be at Sam’s Club this...
ESSA: It’s On All of Us to Make It a Success

ESSA: It’s On All of Us to Make It a Success

Note from United Way of Central Virginia: This blog was shared with us by United Way Worldwide’s President and CEO, Brian Gallagher. ESSA is such an important piece of legislation and will affect our Education Readiness Initiative in a very positive way. In the coming weeks, United Way of Central Virginia will share a new Community Solutions Action Plan for Education Readiness in Central Virginia and felt this blog by Mr. Gallagher was a great way to set the tone for the new future of Education for our region.   Blog by Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide: Today, I was fortunate to attend the President’s bill signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the long-overdue rewrite of the primary federal education law. Sitting in the audience with other national education policy leaders watching the President surrounded by Members of Congress, I was struck by the fact that what this is really about is community-level leadership and change.  Education only works when the local community is fully engaged. Still, this new law is a big deal. After eight years of congressional debate on fixing No Child Left Behind, consensus was finally reached to ensure all students have access to a quality education.  From our perspective, the new law hits all the right marks. What local United Ways and their communities told us was that effective education reform must include ensuring access to quality education for low-income and marginalized students, using schools to provide supports for students beyond the classroom, and tools to engage parents in education of their children. What’s next?  The federal government did its...