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From Kids to Adults - We have Volunteer Activities!

Calling all volunteers!

DoC LOGOforWebJune may be the kickoff of summer and the start of vacation season, but for our staff at United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, June is a kickoff for a summer and fall of exciting events. From new events for kids to our 23rd annual United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, our staff members are making lists, sending emails, and coordinating with local nonprofits and businesses to promote volunteerism in our community.


Family Volunteer day logo w border for webOn Saturday, June 21, we are holding our first United Way Family Volunteer Day and wrap up our United Way Book Drive. We encourage you to bring your family to the cafeteria of Albemarle High School on Saturday, June 21st between 10am and 2pm to work on hands-on projects for local nonprofits like designing blanket squares, making greeting cards and knitting simple hats. We’ll also be collecting new and gently used books for children 6 months to 12 years old for our book drive at the event. Come join us and our sponsors, CharlottesvilleFamily magazine and Charlottesville Newsplex for a day of family fun! There will be face-painting and the opportunity to take a photo with a cut-out of University of Virginia baseball coach Brian O'Connor, honorary chair of the local Move2Health campaign.


3 goals graphic w logo copy for webWe’ve also just launched registration for the 23rd United Way Day of Caring on our new Volunteer Center website. All schools and nonprofits can follow these steps to get projects submitted for the Day of Caring and interested teams should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. their team name, team leader’s name, team leader’s email and an estimated number of teammates. Our new Volunteer Center website will make this process will be much easier for teams and nonprofits this year.


We can't accomplish our 3 goals of School Readiness, Self-Sufficiency and Community Health without an engaged community of volunteers. It is our hope that by helping families volunteer together through our United Way Family Volunteer Day and by giving opportunities for employees of local buinesses to work as teams on local projects through our United Way Day of Caring, that more and more of you will be inspired to volunteer year round.


"There is no better exercise for your hear than reaching down and helping to lift someone up."  -- Bernard Meltzer

Great Food. Great Cause. June 11.



ivy provisionsOur friends at Ivy Provisions, on Ivy Road next to St. Anne's Belfield upper school campus, have listened to their loyal customers and have started serving dinner in addition to their very popular breakfast and lunch sandwiches.  To celebrate, they will donate 10% of your dinner tab to United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area on Wednesday, June 11.


All you need to do is tell them that you are there to support our United Way on Wednesday evening. You support a locally owned business, while also helping local residents.


That's right - you can help local children succeed in school, adults become self-sufficient and everyone live healthier lives in our community.

Head on over to Ivy Provisions on Wednesday, June 11 between 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm for dinner - you'll be in for a treat and we'll be making a difference!

Posted by: Kim Connolly

United Way Family Volunteer Day

Family Volunteer day logo w border for webWe all know that the Golden Rule says to treat other people as you would want to be treated. Parents are always looking for ways to instill compassion and generosity in their children.

Several times a month, we get phone calls from local parents wondering how they can teach their children to think about other's people's needs and to understand that not everyone has many of the things they take for granted. However, it can be hard to find volunteer opportunities appropriate for children under 14. Our first United Way Family Volunteer Day is a way to help families share the spirit of giving and learn about volunteer opportunities in our community.

The United Way Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, June 21st from 10am until 2pm in the cafeteria of Albemarle High School. Several local nonprofits will have manned stations where children can help design blanket squares, knit simple hats, write letters to soldiers, create early literacy kits, make toys for animals and more! We also encourage families to bring new or gently used books for children aged 6 months to twelve years old to donate to the United Way Book Drive.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to spend a Saturday sharing the importance of giving back with your family at the United Way Family Volunteer Day. From face painting to learning about the opportunities to get your family involved year round, it will definitely be fun for the whole family! Please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the event.


We are thrilled to partner with the Charlottesville Newsplex and Charlottesville Family Magazine to bring you this event.

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Posted by: Jessica Snyder

Saturday May 10 is Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

2014 images food drive 2014 flat rgb redoThis Saturday, May 10, something wonderful will happen across our region. People will thoughtfully place purchased nonperishable food items in bags or boxes and leave them by their mailboxes. Soon, their letter carriers will come by on their routes and leave their vehicles to retrieve the food. A few hours later, they will back their heavily loaded vehicles up to the loading dock at the post office where volunteers will be waiting to unload, weigh and sort the cans, bags and boxes of food. In Charlottesville, those volunteers are from the Monticello Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, a group that has adopted this event as an annual community service day. The bins they fill are then place in waiting tractor trailers and brought to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s warehouse.

Most needed food bank foodSaturday is the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, put on by letter carriers across the country. Our United Way has partnered with the letter carriers on this drive for at least a decade, recruiting volunteers and publicizing the day. Last year, 40,000 pounds of food passed through the main branch of the post office in that one day. Regionally, another 30,000 pounds of food was received in various post offices. Michael McKee, CEO of the food bank, points out that this one-day drive is critical to stocking the food bank for the summer months when kids are home from school and donations slow down.

Please remember to add a few of these most-needed items to your chopping cart and place them in the bag provided by your letter carrier (or your own bag or box) and leave them by your mailbox on Saturday. The 120,000 people the food bank serves each month - kids, families and seniors - thank you.


Posted by: Kim Connolly

Give4Good on May 6

give4good adTuesday, May 6, 2014 is Give4Good, a local day of giving organized by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF)  It is a one-day, 24 hour, online giving event to promote philanthropy in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange. More than $32,000 in matching funds and cash prizes are offered as prizes to the nonprofits with the most donors that day and those raising the greatest amounts.

We encourage you to show your support for our local work in School Readiness, Self-Sufficiency and Community Health. You will be demonstrating your understanding that programs like our United Way Child Care Scholarships and Prescription Assistance program change lives.

So please, on May 6, visit our donation page on the Give4Good website, and show your support. Help us to leverage your gift through the prizes being offered.. You'll be helping children get mentors, parents learn the skills they need to increase their employability, women receive important prenatal care and so much more.


Posted by: Kim Connolly

Ways to Volunteer

DSCF2244Happy National Volunteer Week! This week has been a time to celebrate the amazing things that volunteers do for our community. This week is a time to thank our volunteers. This week also serves as a time to think about ways to get involved in the community!


Take time to think about your volunteer service. Maybe you love your volunteer commitments, but could bring along a friend the next time you volunteer. Perhaps you could take some time to plan to volunteer with your family and share your passion with your children. Maybe you want to begin to get involved in the community and want to find an opportunity to give your time to help others. For any volunteer need, you can check out our Volunteer Center website for a list of opportunities or contact our Volunteer Center Director for help finding something to fit your schedule and interests.


Join us in celebrating National Volunteer Week by finding a way to volunteer or encouraging others to volunteer! Visit a nursing home. Sign up to deliver meals. Become a mentor. Join a board. Volunteer on a committee. Become an advocate for neglected or abused children. Teach your children about volunteerism. However you choose to get involved, know that you are making a difference and we appreciate you!


Posted by: Jessica Snyder, Volunteer Center Director



Thank a Volunteer This Week

ThankYouChildren-for webNational Volunteer Week reminds us to take a moment to thank the people who pour time, sweat, and cheer into our organizations to further our impact in the community. It is a great time to reflect on all that volunteers make possible for our nonprofits and to celebrate their hard work. At our local United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, we have no shortage of wonderful volunteers to thank!


To all of our Board members and Impact Team members, we say thank you! Thank you for your commitment to making our community a healthier, stronger and safer place. Thank you for spending hours reading grant applications, researching the needs of our community, and sharing your passion for helping others.


To our Community Executives, Volunteer Council and other committee members, we say thank you! Thank you for educating local companies about the needs of our community. Thank you for recruiting new volunteers and sharing your enthusiasm with others.


Day of Caring photoTo our Day of Caring volunteers and all of the other volunteers who work with other local nonprofits, we say thank you! Thank you for caring about our neighbors. Thank you for delivering meals. Thank you for mentoring children. Thank you for visiting the elderly. Thank you for walking dogs and socializing cats. Thank you for designing websites and stuffing envelopes. Thank you for making phone calls and painting walls. Thank you for giving your time and talents to make the lives of others brighter.



Take time to thank your friends, family and co-workers who volunteer this week. Take time to encourage others to get involved in a volunteer activity. Happy National Volunteer Week!


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