Caring for Community Awards

Shine a light on local unsung heroes going above and beyond in our community with a 2024 Caring for Community Award!

ENVISION: A More Equitable Charlottesville

A cross-sector initiative to help lift 1,800 families out of poverty by 2027.

Ready Region Blue Ridge

United Way of Greater Charlottesville is building a more equitable system for early childhood education in 21 cities & counties from Buckingham to Winchester.

A cross-sector initiative to help lift 1,800 families out of poverty by 2027

SETTING THE TABLE

At United Way­ of Greater Charlottesville, we believe that when people from all backgrounds come together, the result is a stronger, more vibrant community. How do we do this? Our three impact areas of School Readiness, Financial Stability, and Connected Community inform our mission and vision.

MISSION

United Way of Greater Charlottesville connects our community, enabling individuals and families to achieve their potential.

VISION

A strong, equitable community where every person can thrive.

OUR CORE VALUES

HUMILITY 

We approach our work humbly and with respect. 

COMPASSION 

We honor and see the dignity in our fellow community members. 

EQUITY 

We are committed to promoting equity internally and through our public-facing programs. 

ADVOCACY 

We speak up for the voiceless so that they may speak for themselves. 

CONVICTION 

Regardless of the challenge or cost, we aim to do what is right.

COLLABORATION 

We work with community members, non-profits, and corporate partners to build more vibrant communities

SCHOOL READINESS

154%

How much more likely kindergartners living in poverty are to fail literacy benchmarks.

 

Our goal is to close the opportunity gap by promoting strategies to provide all children with the most appropriate and effective early services, supports, and high-quality early childcare and education.

>> Learn about Early Learner Scholarships

FINANCIAL STABILITY

25%

of the Charlottesville population lives in poverty, placing our community near the bottom of localities across the US.

 

Our goal is to help adults who are on the path to becoming financially stable and economically-independent by supporting customized, holistic solutions that address obstacles encountered along the way.

>> Learn about our Financial Stability programs

CONNECTED COMMUNITY

2,500

local residents attend our annual community events including Day of Caring

 

United Way connects, convenes, and supports the collaboration of organizations in our community. Among this network, we are able to identify needs in the community and work toward collaborative goals.

>> Connect With Your Community

PROUD TO BE A CHARITY NAVIGATOR 4 STAR ORGANIZATION

Only 25% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that United Way of Greater Charlottesville outperforms most other charities in America.

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