United Way of Central Virginia takes its role in serving the entire Central Virginia region very seriously. Living united as a region means doing good for the entire region. Most of the programs we support and fund
help individuals and families from all parts of Central Virginia - the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, and the cities of Bedford and Lynchburg. However, we want to share with you a few specific examples
of programs directly touching each county/city.
Success By 6/Smart Beginnings is a collaboration whose purpose is to prepare
our children to be ready to succeed when they enter school. With
its primary support from the Bank of America Foundation, this vital
initiative is bringing together agencies, schools, and businesses
to address the needs of our community’s youngest citizens.
Through this work, the quality of area child care centers will be
enhanced and parents will have easier access to information and
resources to help them raise successful children.
Community Forum meetings have been held to determine 'what youth
need to succeed in life'. The results of these meetings will be
used to create plans on improving youth in Amherst County. In addition,
information on youth resources is being provided in the Amherst
Parks and Recreation Newsletter.
United Way of Central Virginia provided funding to expand the “Spot the Bus”
program that is coordinated by Appomattox County Schools and Appomattox
Literacy Intervention. This program helps low-income children gain
access to books and tutoring during the summer. Books are given
to the children from the specially designed bus that travels across
Bedford County and City
In partnership with Bedford Social Services, United Way of Central Virginia opened the
Bedford Community Resource Center in 2001. This center houses more
than 10 different service organizations to help people in need in
Bedford. Its location and combination of services makes it easier
for the residents of Bedford to receive the help they need to empower
themselves and their families.
A collaboration exists between United Way of Central Virginia, CASA,
Big Brothers Big Sisters and Campbell County Department of Social
Services to provide a prevention program for children formerly in
the CASA program who remain at-risk of abuse. United Way funds are leveraged to bring additional monies into the region from the Federal
Revenue Maximization Program.
United Way of Central Virginia's role as the
support organization for the Homeless and Housing Coalition is an
important part of this collaborative effort. Several organizations
work together to develop, sustain, and coordinate a system of services
for homeless families and individuals in our area. The overall goal
is to increase their self-sufficiency and to end homelessness.
There are many more examples of
United Way’s work improving
the lives of people throughout our region ~ these are just a few
that are creating results you can see! This is how we LIVE UNITED!