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Walking, Dancing And Moving Our Way To Better Health

We don’t mean to brag, but…

Move2Health-Logo-with-sloganUnited Way-Thomas Jefferson Area has consistently been in the top five local organizations in average minutes moved in the Move2Health campaign, The tag line for the campaign is “Walk. Bike. Dance. Play. 30 minutes every day.” The campaign fits in perfectly with our Community Health impact area.

Because of our participation in this campaign, our staff members have been very conscious of how much we move every day. We are achieving our goals by walking, running, Zumba, Jazzercise, gardening, walking our dogs, hiking, dancing (Salsa, Samba and Techno), swimming, elliptical, baby stroller walks, and playing with kids outside.

We hold our weekly staff meeting standing up rather than seated. Just the mere fact that we need to log our minutes every week has prompted each of us to move a little bit more, take the stairs, park further away from the store and put a pair of sneakers in our cars for potential midday walks.

The campaign has met its first goal of one million minutes, and campaign chair Brian O'Connor, University of Virginia Head Baseball Coach, has announce a new challenge, Triple Play: get two more people or organizations to join you in registering on the Move2Health website.

Have you registered yet on the Move2Health website? You will be doing yourself a favor through better habits.

Posted by: Kim Connolly

Announcing CvilleEnrolls.org for Local Health Insurance Assistance


Local Coalition Aims to Explain and Simplify Health Care Enrollment Process

Six months ago, local nonprofit agencies, concerned that their uninsured clients and patients would have many questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), joined together to ensure that their clients received consistent information. They formed the Greater Charlottesville Community Health Coalition.

The result is www.CvilleEnrolls.org, a website that simplifies information about the ACA. The Coalition is also offering enrollment assistance to agency clients by appointment. The sessions take place at a variety of locations with Certified Application Counselors.

Counselors can offer enrollment assistance and help clients understand health insurance and the options offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Local residents are encouraged to visit the CvilleEnrolls.org website as their first stop in learning about the ACA and their options.


The Greater Charlottesville Community Health Coalition members include:

AIDS Services Group (ASG)

Alzheimer’s Association

Charlottesville Free Clinic

Children, Youth and Family Services

Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)

Jefferson Area CHiP (JACHiP)

Legal Aid Justice Center

Mental Health and Wellness Coalition

Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)

Paul Martin and the students of PPOL4770, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, UVA

Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA)

Region Ten Community Services Board

The Thomas Jefferson Health District

United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area

The Women’s Initiative

 Listen to a podcast of an interview on NewsRadio 1070 WINA

Upcoming Introduction to Health Insurance and the Marketplace (presentation only)

Monday, October. 21, 6 – 7 pm Trinity Episcopal Church 1042 Preston Ave.

Saturday, October 26, 10 – 11 am Children Youth & Family Services 1000 East High Street Lower level

Enrollment Assistance – Appointment only. 1 hour appointments available.

Tuesday Oct. 29 and Wednesday Oct 30, 4 – 8 pm Region Ten. Old Lynchburg Rd

Sat. Nov. 2, 10 – 1 Region Ten Old Lynchburg Road

More sessions are being scheduled. Check www.CvilleEnrolls.org on the calendar page for updates.


For more information on CvilleEnrolls or the Affordable Care Act, or to schedule an appointment with a Certified Application Counselor, please call the Coalition coordinator, Jessie Ray, at the United Way at 434-972-1702.

Showing the Spirit - Holiday Gifts and Food Assistance

Why are we talking about the holidays in October?

Because October is the month when local organizations take applications from families needing some help with gifts or food for the holidays.

Every year, our United Way brings together the primary local organizations who offer help during the holidays so that all can coordinate efforts and share information. We want everyone in need to have the opportunity to receive some holiday cheer and also to be certain that we do not duplicate efforts. It would not be fair for one family to receive assistance from multiple organizations while another family ended up with very little due to an organization’s stretched resources. If your church or civic organization wants to assist families, we encourage you to contact Love Inc. first at 434.977.7777 so that they can check against the names on the master list.

Here is the flyer listing all the local organizations and their sign up periods. All sign ups begin in October; some last a week, some a month. Please share this information with anyone you feel could use a little extra help this year. As Major Melinda Johnson of the Salvation Army has noted, they help so that families with limited means don’t spend their money on gifts and not have enough left to pay their bills. That fits in nicely with our Self-Sufficiency focus.

In addition, if you are fortunate enough to be able to help, please contact the organization of your choice and volunteer to adopt a family or individual. Many also need volunteers to help behind the scenes. Stay tuned for more holiday volunteer opportunities from our United Way Volunteer Center.

Anyone can contact our United Way Information and Referral Center at 434-972.1703 for more information.


Day of Caring Means Local Impact

The numbers are in, but they don’t tell the whole story of our United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring on September 18:

DoC LOGOforWeb2300+ Volunteers

230 projects at 104 local nonprofit agencies and schools

Employees from 60 local businesses participating

A total value of $303,000 in donated labor

All in one beautiful, uplifting day of community spirit.


Here’s more:

5 schools had maps or sundials painted on playgrounds or entranceways.

8 playgrounds at schools and one homeless shelter are cleaned, painted and mulched.

happy DOC painters for web8 hiking/nature trails are cleared.

7 school libraries or book rooms are newly organized.

Dozens of rooms at nonprofits and schools are freshly painted.

Two carnivals were held – one for seniors and preschoolers and one for adults with disabilities.

Numerous gardens are weeded, planted, mulched and bordered.

246 children at the UVA Children’s Hospital will receive handmade blankets

Kindergarten boxes for webChildren in foster care will have personal care kits and suitcases.

Senior citizens in Scottsville loved having a prom.

Children entering kindergarten in Charlottesville City Schools next year will receive learning activity boxes to help them be ready for school.


And much more.

Our volunteers eagerly spread out in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties to help their neighbors through the nonprofit agencies that serve them. The weather was perfect, and the breakfast rally at Albemarle Square got everyone in the spirit of the day through message and song - and food!

If you missed participating this year, stay tuned. We are hoping to bring you many more opportunities to volunteer alongside your coworkers and neighbors in the coming year. Please subscribe to this blog by simply entering your email in the form to the right side to receive our latest news.

Community engagement for webTHANK YOU to:

State Farm Insurance for sponsoring our breakfast

NewsRadio 1070 WINA for their support and broadcast

Charlottesville Newsplex for their television sponsorship

Dumbarton Properties for the use of Albemarle Square

FDS Tents

Photographer Jim Carpenter of Gitchell’s Studio

Raising Cane’s for the lunch at the United Way office

Albemarle County Police for the use of their traffic cones for the rally


Toy cleaner DOC for webLink to photos from the day - please send us your links!


United Way Favorites


UVA Foundation

Building Bridges


Posted by: Kim Connolly

Last Minute Day of Caring Prep

DOC three volsIn just one week, we’ll celebrate the 22nd United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring. With over 2,300 volunteers registered again this year, we’re expecting another day of significant impact and generosity in our community! As we’re heading into our biggest event of the year next week, there are ways that you can prepare for a successful and meaningful day.


Team leaders and nonprofit project coordinators should be sure to be on the same page with parking, a backup plan for inclement weather, whether meals will be provided, what time volunteers should arrive, who will provide supplies and more. Check out the complete list of topics to cover prior to the United Way Day of Caring.


Be sure to regularly communicate with your team going into next week. Encourage teammates to come to the Kick-Off Breakfast Rally, talk about the appropriate clothes to wear and ensure that everyone knows when and where to arrive. Print a copy of the Sign In Sheet that will be emailed to you this week and bring it along with you to the project.


DOC vols at school playgroundIt’s important to just take a few moments to make sure that you’re prepared, that your team knows what to expect, and that your nonprofit has supplies ready to go for next week. A few extra minutes of preparation will help ensure that your volunteers walk away feeling accomplished, connected, and wanting to continue to volunteer throughout the year!


Posted by: Jessica Snyder, United Way Volunteer Center Director

Reflection and Vision in our Annual Report

An organization's annual report provides an opportunity to reflect on the past year's accomplisments and challenges, as well as to share a vision. We are proud of the accomplishments we are able to report for the past year (our fiscal year runs July 1 - June 30.)

Please click on the cover image to see a digital version.

Cover image 2013 annual report


Posted by: Kim Connolly

Countdown to Day of Caring - Is Your Team Ready?

The countdown is on! We’re four weeks away from the 22nd United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring. We hope that you are as excited as we are to kick off another year and to join in with thousands of volunteers making a huge impact in just one day!



DOC 2012 team for webNow is the time to make final preparations for your volunteer teams and your nonprofits and schools. Does your team have t-shirts? Do you have all of the supplies needed at your nonprofit or school for the volunteers coming in just a few weeks? Be sure to stay in communication with the Team Leaders and Project Coordinators as the event draws near.







DOC 2012 for webAlso, now is the time to make plans to join us at the Kick-Off Breakfast Rally sponsored by State Farm. Share the details on the breakfast with your team and try to make plans to attend for great food, an exciting atmosphere, and a chance to get a picture of your team by a professional photographer! The breakfast rally will take place again at Albemarle Square Shopping Center at 7:30AM on September 18.





As you make final preparations for a successful and meaningful United Way Day of Caring, be sure to submit your volunteer names in this format by September 4. We look forward to sharing in another special year with you all as we celebrate 22 years of making a difference in the Charlottesville area!


Posted by: Jessica Snyder

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