Get Involved

“A great strength arises out of the voluntary involvement of thousands of citizens in affairs of the community.” – Frank Batten Sr.

Get Involved through Leadership Giving

The United Way Leadership Donor is an ally for those in need, an investor and stakeholder in the community. From a young philanthropist striving for change in our local school system, to a retired couple who endows their gift so that the community is changed forever – how and why you engage is your personal story.

The experience is yours to modify based on your interests and time. Some give knowing that fellow volunteers and staff will put those dollars to their best use; some take it a step further: acting as a catalyst for change.

Leadership donors are stakeholders in propelling United Way’s work forward and permanently changing our community for the better. We give because it’s the right thing to do and our impact is great.

Get Involved by Volunteering Your Time

Leadership Giving groups offer their members various family-friendly volunteering opportunities throughout the year. All of the groups mobilize for the annual Day of Action event, where volunteers work as teams to decorate elementary school bulletin boards and doors, welcoming students to summer school. Volunteers in the Raising A Reader program help young students develop a love of reading. The annual Christmas Depot depends on volunteers to set up shop, sorting food and toys donated from across the region for those in need during the holidays. Volunteers at the annual Stone Soup event prepare casseroles and bag lunches for various local shelters in just a couple hours of fast-paced, food prepping with a purpose!

For more about volunteering opportunities through Leadership Giving groups, please contact Stephanie Glenn at

Get Involved by Supporting United Way Financially

What happens in South Hampton Roads matters to all of us.
When a child or elderly person goes hungry, when an abuse victim has nowhere to go, when a really difficult issue arises, our community turns to United Way for solutions … and we turn to you. Our sole purpose is to serve the needs of South Hampton Roads. We bring together people who want to help because working together is the best way to make lasting change. When we put the lives of our community first, there is no issue too large to tackle – or too small to matter. Your gift helps more than one person or agency – it helps our entire community.

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Get involved with United Way to bring people & organizations together to solve problems too big for any of us to solve on our own.

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Now through Dec. 31st, your donation to Mission United and/or United for Children will be matched by a generous matching sponsor during our #GivingTwoDay event!

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Events List

Join the 22nd Annual Class of the Board Governance Leadership Development Program

02/06/18 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Project Inclusion is an award-winning 13-week Board Governance Leadership Development Program sponsored by the United Way of South Hampton Roads Council on Diversity and Inclusion. Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays beginning February 6th through May 1st, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The cost is $125.00. Please make checks payable to UWSHR Project Inclusion. See […]

Women United Spring Luncheon

04/25/18 11:30am

Thanks to all the beautiful women that made the 2017 Spring Luncheon a huge success. We would not be here today without each and every one of you!

Day of Action

06/16/18 9:00am - 1:00pm

At last year’s Day of Action event, more than 200 volunteers and their families “flipped” four schools to help launch the summer programs at Chesterfield Academy, Jacox Elementary, P.B. Young, Sr. Elementary School and Ghent Elementary (Tidewater Park)! Volunteers spent the morning decorating more nearly 100 bulletin boards in summer themes to make the Summer […]

Day of Caring

09/07/18 9:00am - 5:00pm

We are calling to action 1000+ regional volunteers to improve the quality of life in our community. Spend one day volunteering with us at local non-profits to complete more than 100 projects. Let’s Live United! Interested? Email

Be a part of the solution!

#GivingTwoDay – now through Dec. 31st!


Your donations to United for Children and Mission United will be matched, dollar for dollar, now through Dec. 31st! Help thousands of local families with children break the cycle of poverty, as well as local veterans and military-connected families in need!


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