United Way is the expert at identifying the community's critical human needs and combining financial needs of many non-profit organizations into a single effort; thus eliminating multiple appeals and wasteful duplication. Working with Lynchburg College and the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, we research the largest needs in our region, publish a Needs Assessment, and then base funding decisions on the outcomes of the assessment.
Through the fund distribution process, United Way ensures basic health and human services are available in Central Virginia should you, your family or fellow employee ever need them. Much thought, planning and organization goes into funding 53 programs at 29 Partner Agencies. All programs fall under one of our three critical focus areas - Education, Health, Income. In each critical area we also look for programs that help people with the building blocks for a better life. Education means helping children and youth achieve their potential. Income means that people have the ability to be financially stable and independent. Health means that people have the ability and the resources to improve their physical and mental health.
In addition to encouraging Central Virginians to GIVE, we understand the importance of VOLUNTEERING and ADVOCATING, and we equally encourage the people of our region to do all three! Volunteering an hour of your time each month and advocating for those who do not have a voice is critical to the success of our community. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. LIVE UNITED!