Frequently Asked Questions

What is the focus of United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County's work?

United Way works to assess community needs to address education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a strong community--quality education for children, self-sufficient families and access to primary health care. Our goal is to tackle today's tough issues to ensure that our community thrives now and in the future.

What is United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County?

United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County is a 100% independent local non-profit organization that focuses on human service needs of communities in this area. United Way is much more than a fundraising organization, we are about changing lives. Working with many partners, United Way strives to deliver results in its primary service area of Danville-Pittsylvania County.

Can I designate my contribution?

We understand people's strong feelings toward certain organizations from which they may have received help.  We do allow designations, if the gift is at least $25, and the designation is to an organization we are currently funding.

Who runs United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County?

A fourteen member Board of Directors, including a six member Executive Committee, is comprised of local volunteers. These volunteers are responsible for setting policies, budget and for overseeing the direction of United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County. The 2018-19 Board President is Donna Lawhorn Higdon from Davenport Energy.

 

How is United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County different from other nonprofit organizations?

United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County exists for one reason: to help us come together as a community to identify and address the issues that take all of us working together to solve. Issues like making sure children enter school ready to learn and that all people have access to primary health care, across lines of race, gender, geography, faith and economic status and can only be addressed with a collective community focus and action.

 

Is United Way local?

There are approximately 1,200 local United Way across the country that exist in their respective communities to build partnerships and leverage resources to create plans for long lasting community change. Though United Ways share a logo and have similar missions, we are not chapters of a national organization.  Each United Way is independently incorporated and is led by local staff and volunteers. The work of each United Way is determined by its community needs. Your gift to United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County stays in our community.

 

How do people get help from our local United Way?

United Way supports local nonprofit agencies throughout Danville-Pittsylvania County that help people every day. While United Way does not provide direct services to individuals and families, residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 which makes free, confidential referrals to organizations that can help with counseling, job training, emergency assistance and other needs.

 

How does a Community Impact United Way operate?

A community impact United Way listens to its community and, in turn, sets an agenda to address the community's important human care issues. After the community agenda has been set, United Way puts its problem-solving capacity to work to develop an impact plan. Once the plan is in place, United Way uses its unique ability to enlist support and gather resources from all areas of the community. This support isn't just monetary--it also takes the form of in-kind resources and volunteerism. With an impact plan in place and community resources at the ready, United Way acts, implementing the plan. Finally, we measure the outcome of the plan, so United Way, its donors and partners know that our work has been successful and has made lasting improvements in our community.

 

What is the easiest way to contribute?

Payroll deduction is by far the most convenient method of contribution. A small amount is taken from your paycheck per payday, allowing you to make a small contribution each week that can make a big difference in the course of a year.

 

What do you mean by "LIVE UNITED?"  I see it on t-shirts all over town.

We ask people to LIVE UNITED with us.  It's our call to action.  Together, we can accomplish far more than any one of us.   It means businesses, and government, and individuals all share common vision and leverage our collective resources to make a difference.  It also means we are ALL needed in the work.  And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of ALL.

 

What else does United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County do besides fund nonprofit organizations?

United Way has a mission To Improve Lives by Mobilizing the Caring Power of Our Community to Make Lasting, Measurable Changes in the Conditions that Affect Us Most.  We accomplish this mission through our funding process, through collaboration with other agencies to bring accurate reports to the community assessing current needs and through our work in community initiatives that address large scale issues.

 

How can young professionals get involved with United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County?

Research conducted by United Way Worldwide and other philanthropic study centers shows that young professionals are more interested in exercising personal philanthropy through volunteerism than through financial gifts. There is also a preference of this group to be engaged by nonprofit organizations in skill-based volunteer opportunities that help them develop leadership skills. Millennials and Generation Xers tend to have a more global perspective generally, and want their philanthropy to reflect an idea of "community" that extends beyond their zip codes or national borders.

 

How do the troubles at other United Ways and other nonprofits affect us?

They do not. Each one of the 1,300 United Way offices in the nation is independent and managed by local volunteers. In Danville and Pittsylvania County, volunteer leaders from all walks of life are involved in and oversee every detail of United Way operations, from fundraising to community investments to financial management.