We envision a strong, equitable Charlottesville where every person can thrive, and we’ve got a big goal: by 2026 we’re going to reduce poverty in our planning district by 15%. This means increasing the annual income of a family of 3 to a survival income of $45,000. We know that we can’t do that alone.
Through financial stability initiatives, school readiness programs, and innovative partnerships, and with your generous and steadfast support, we can work to break down systemic barriers and allow all individuals and families have the opportunity to achieve their potential.
From distributing more than $3.5 million in emergency funds and helped more than 18,000 individuals afford rent, utilities, food, medication, and other urgent needs, to programs like our Family Investment Program, Driving Lives Forward, and Early Learner Scholarships, we’re helping to change outcomes for our partner families. We rely on the support and guidance of our volunteers, community members, and donors to expand this work and create sustainable and generational change.
We are proud to have partnered with other local organizations to disburse $4.56M in relief funds. We understand that even this level of resource allocation doesn’t solve the problems that many in our community face. We will continue to find ways to address the systems and structures that created many of the inequities this COVID-19 outbreak illuminated. We hope you’ll join us by donating to the Recovery Fund.
SETTING THE TABLE FOR A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
At the 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.
The United Way of Greater Charlottesville connects our community, enabling individuals and families to achieve their potential.
A strong, equitable community where every person can thrive.
OUR FOCUS INTO ACTION
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.
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.
local residents attended our events in 2019, including Community Table, Day of Caring, and the Relay for Community Health.
The 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.