Event Highlights

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United Way Day of Caring

Underwritten by CFA Institute and a partnership with UVA and WINA

The United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, named in honor of a long-time volunteer of the United Way and the community, is our community’s biggest volunteer effort and one of the largest annual volunteer events in the country. The 28th Annual Day of Caring was held on September 25, 2019. Nearly 182 projects were completed across our region (Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson Counties) by nearly 2,000 volunteers. In total, 9,383 hours were donated with a value to the community of more than $300K.

Community Table

A partnership with Unity Days C’ville and NewGen Peacebuilders

The second Community Table of 2019 was held on August 8, 2019 at the IX Art Park, presented in partnership with Unity Days C’ville and the NewGen Peacebuilders. UVA President Jim Ryan spoke to the nearly 150 people in attendance about the University’s work to strengthen its relationship with the Charlottesville community. Table discussions focused on Jobs and Wages, Affordable/ Workforce Housing, Public/Equitable Healthcare, and Youth/Education.

Special thanks to the Office of the President, UVA; Office for Diversity and Equity, UVA; Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, UVA Curry School of Education; UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science; the Cultural Exchange Institute; the Jaitly, Stevens, Brown, and Hernandez Families; IX Art Park; Harvest Moon Catering; and Whisper Hill Farm for their support of the Community Table.

Early Ed Symposium

A partnership with Smart Beginnings

This year, the 2020 Early Ed Symposium—a partnership between the Charlottesville Albemarle Early Education Task Force and Smart Beginnings—went virtual! Via Zoom, we had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Adolph Brown, Founder/ President/CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute, Jenna Conway, Chief School Readiness Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Leslie Floyd, Chair of Early Childhood Education and an Associate Professor for Bluefield College, and Ashley Wood Senior Trauma Counselor at ReadyKids. They talked about creating inclusive spaces, recognizing and understanding implicit bias, inspiring equity, self-care, and rethinking learning environments in the age of COVID-19.

Thank you to all 75 of you who attended, and we look forward to seeing you (in person) next year!