Bridge2Bridge, a fundraiser for Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer, will take place on Saturday, April 13th, and volunteers are needed. This is a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run, kids 1-mile fun run, and 40-mile bike ride. We have many positions available, including water stops, set-up/clean-up, and course control.
The link for the available volunteer positions and sign-up can be found here: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/VA/Danville/Bridge2BridgeDanville
United Way Ambassadors, Board members, Campaign Co-Chairs and staff recently served lunch at the Salvation Army for "soul" Wednesday. The Salvation Army serves food five days a week to people in need. We appreciated being able to support them in this wonderful work.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area held its 26th Annual Pancake Breakfast in the Large Dining Room of SOVAH-Danville on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Besides the wonderful breakfast of pancakes and French toast with sides (made by Ms. Dorothy), the youth enjoyed playing ring toss games and making holiday crafts. Entertainment was provided by New Arbor Baptist Church Youth Choir and a visit from Santa. Gifts were provided for every child who was present. Special thanks to our sponsors: United Way; SOVAH Health; Optima Health; and Target -Danville.
During the many years that I have been a volunteer for the United Way and the Campaign Coordinator at my workplace, one question I hear frequently is, “Why should I give to the United Way when I can just give to the one charity I care about the most?” How do I respond? First, I assure them that I am not trying to discourage them from giving to individual charities. But for those people who are concerned about the overall well-being of our community, the United Way is the answer.
When you think about it, the social needs in our community are very much interrelated. No one charity or organization is going to solve all the needs that affect even one life. Individuals served by United Way supported programs often need the services from multiple programs to make a sustainable impact on their lives and, often, on their family members. Let’s take Daniel for example. Daniel is a 10 year old boy living with a single-parent mother. Daniel attends the Boys and Girls Club* 3 days per week, and 2 days per week he receives tutoring at the Danville Church-Based Tutorial* program for special reading and math assistance. Daniel’s mother works two part-time jobs. She does not qualify for insurance with either position, however her income level prevents her from receiving Medicaid. Recently she became ill and was diagnosed at The Free Clinic of Danville* with cardio-vascular disease. She continues to receive free medical care at the Free Clinic, preventing trips to the Emergency Room at the hospital. To acquire new skills that would allow her to work one job and spend more time with her son, Daniel’s mom has enrolled in computer classes at Goodwill’s Career Center*. Until then, she has applied to Big Brothers Big Sisters* for a Big Brother for Daniel so that he can have a positive male role model in his life. She is also looking for a Boy Scout* troop for Daniel to join that will allow him to try new things, build his self-confidence, and give Daniel the opportunity to provide service to others.
Daniel and his mom’s story illustrates how important it is that multiple resources are available in our community so that each and every one of us can grow and thrive. By giving to the United Way, your donation can make even more of a difference by providing multiple services that meet multiple needs.
Thank you for helping us make a difference since 1922.
Chair, Board of Directors
United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County
*a United Way supported agency
Goodyear employees spent part of their day supporting United Way by creating this amazing tree for the Decorating Trees for a Cause event at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. This is the third year Goodyear has provided a wonderful addition to the fundraiser for United Way. We will see how it "stacks up" against the competition!
If you have the opportunity, visit the Community Holiday Light Show in Ballou Park on Monday December 10th, all gate proceeds will go to United Way funded programs.