About Your Investments

In 2013, the United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Board of Directors approved a strategic plan that set an exciting new direction for our work. Recognizing that every community benefits when individuals, groups, and institutions work together to solve shared problems, United Way and its volunteers foster cross-sector collaboration to collectively focus on identifying critical needs, comprehensive solutions, and permanent results. It is within this context that we are committed to designing new funding strategies while continuing to offer agency certification, a public classification that demonstrates that an agency has met a robust set of standards covering three core areas: financial health; effective and ethical governance; and strategy and program results.


Beginning in 2019, United Way’s grant opportunities will be offered primarily through Request for Proposals (RFPs) released throughout the year to enable flexibility and responsiveness while promoting greater structure and cohesiveness. Across these opportunities, United Way volunteers aim to invest in direct services (including both essential services and program investments) and systems change because this two-pronged approach is crucial to tackling our community’s most complex challenges.

If you are interested in learning more about our Community Investments and how to apply, please visit our Agency Resources page.


A heartfelt thank you to those who served in 2019!

Become a Volunteer in 2020

We are currently seeking volunteers for Community Investments. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer, please contact: Kathleen Banfield, Director of Community & Partner Engagement, at 757-853-8500 ext. 192 or kbanfield@unitedwayshr.org.

Finding the Best Agencies

Our volunteers — community leaders and donors — ask the questions you want to be answered, making sure your money is spent efficiently to solve our most urgent problems and drive permanent results. That’s never as obvious as during the allocations process, when our community volunteers — people like you — pour over 990s and audits, programs and results. And it’s not just looking at papers. Volunteers hit the streets, visiting agencies to see the service for themselves before deciding where funding is going, e.g. early childhood education and youth development, poverty, physical and mental health, domestic violence emergencies and disasters, workforce readiness and financial stability.


Susanna Adams, Chair | Waypoint Advisors

Al Craft | BB&T Wealth Management

John M. Wallace | MassMutual Commonwealth

Dr. Ron Carlee | Old Dominion University

Frank Brooks, Vice-Chair | Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty

Eva D. Poole | Virginia Beach Public Library 

Joe Sallee | Bay Capital Advisors

Larry Brunson | Suffolk Workforce Development

Brent Haden | Pender & Coward

Steve Kocen | Southern Bank

Robert J. Richards | Sentara Obici Hospital

Yilla Smith | Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority


Tracy Bedgood | Cherry Bekaert

Paul Feagan | Cherry Bekaert

Joanne Griggs | Retired, City of Virginia Beach

Kevin Jamerson | Cherry Bekaert

Angela Tumwa | Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Scott Kelsey | KPMG

Joe Sallee | Capital Advice

Bobby Stant | QED Systems

Mike Austin | Retired

John Wallace | Mass Mutual Commonwealth

Joey Weinberg | SunTrust

Domenica Estes | KPMG

Kisik Park | Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP


Early Childhood Success Panel

Eva D. Poole, Chair | Virginia Beach Public Library

Nicole Baker | Virginia Department of Health

Deidre Sanderlin 

Jean Mumm | LeClair Ryan

Don Blankinship | Virginia Media Company

Trent Dudley | Southern Bank

Laurie Ann Finn | Regent University

Sarah Holtzinger | Signature Family Wealth

Dr. Peggy Shaeffer | Old Dominion University

Tiffany Elston | Hampton Roads Sanitation Department

Youth Success Panel

Al Craft, Chair | BB&T Wealth Management

Susanna Adams, ChairWaypoint Advisors

Ashley KelsoFairlead Integrated

Sara ThrockmortonNorfolk Southern


Harry Young | City of Virginia Beach

Shantese Putnum | City of Virginia Beach

Shira TurnerAmerican Red Cross

Elizabeth SkerticChubb Insurance

Cathy HarrisHarbor Tax Group

Martha AmblerRetired

Thriving Families Success Panel

Yilla Smith, ChairNorfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Macayla Nicolaison | East Coast Trial Lawyers

Anita Golden | Portsmouth Social Services

Marie Vesely | Retired

Marley Nacey | Sentara

Hilary Fulp | Curtis Group Consultants

Robert J. Richards, Chair | Sentara Obici Hospital

Dontá Council | Old Dominion University

Amy Belcher | Old Dominion University

Dr. Luisa Lucero | Old Dominion University

Mackenzie Moorhouse | Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas

Dr. Val Livingston | Norfolk State University

Dr. Shebby Neely-Goodwin, Chair | Norfolk State University

Marjorie Cohen

Helen Anderson | Bon Secours Health Systems

Christina Brooks | Hampton Roads Workforce Council

Michael Midgette | Signature Family Wealth

Mary Riley | City of Chesapeake


Larry Brunson | Suffolk Workforce Development

Steve Kocen | Southern Bank

Leah Hunger | AAA of Tidewater

Kelvin Gardner

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