The United Way of Central Virginia has helped over 13,000 children and their families in the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and the City of Lynchburg enter school ready to succeed.
Children are constantly learning, right from birth. Their early years are the foundation for growth and development, and what they learn during those years lays the foundation for the experiences they have in the future.
Our donors have helped us raise a tremendous amount to benefit the lives of those in need in Central Virginia. You can help the United Way of Central Virginia by Giving, Advocating and Volunteering to make a difference in our community!
United Way of Central Virginia, in partnership with Smart Beginnings Central Virginia, as part of the newly-named Central Virginia School Readiness Initiative is proud to be entering into its third year of the Excellence in Children's Early Language and Literacy (ExCELL) for four-year children in the counties of Amherst and Bedford, with a plan to begin roll-out in AY 2017-18 in Campbell County. ExCELL does not replace the schools’ current curriculum, but enhances it.
United Way of Central Virginia is proud to be entering its fifth year of the Sustaining Our Students (S.O.S.) Backpack Program. The program currently provides 10 meals and snacks and juice packed in a backpack every weekend during the school year to children who have been identified as “food insecure” by a teacher, counselor, or by a parent, and possibly without a reliable food source on the weekends.
Read for the Record is an annual, national event by Jumpstart.org. Every year in October, on the same day, at roughly the same time, children all over the U.S. hear the same book read to them by a caring adult. Smart Beginnings Central Virginia organizes the local event, recruiting volunteers to give an hour of their time visiting a preschool class, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or a childcare center to read the book of the year. In 2016, 6,500 children were read to, breaking our local Read for the RECORD!
Thanks to the generous contributions of our Corporate Keystone Partners, 100% of your donation to the General Fund goes directly to the critical programs that shape our community! The General Fund is the most powerful way to invest your contribution and influence the condition of all. How? Your investment is combined with the investments of other generous individuals and companies to support the best package of human service programs available in the region.