The Community Chest of Danville, Virginia was formed on May 22, 1922.

The audited campaign result for the first year of the Danville Community Chest was $75,225.50.


Dan River Cotton Mills contributions made up over one-third of the campaign total of $104,119


D.D. Buchanan ended 27-year run of service as Danville Community Chest Secretary. Community Chest name changed to United Fund.


Danville United Fund hired its first full-time Executive Director, Charles Colwell.


Dr. Charles Schollenberger became the United Funds second Executive Director, but tragically passed away in 1965.


Fred Evans began a 32-year run as Executive Director.


Upon Fred Evans' retirement, William (Bill) Kantz became Executive Director.


2-1-1 was designated as a health and human services information hotline through the collaboration of United Way and the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems.


Patrick Jinks became Executive Director (now President/CEO) of United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County.


United Way work was now well beyond agency funding. Numerous collaborative initiatives were formed, including the Dan River Center for Voluntarism, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Born Learning, The BEST Initiative, Smart Beginnings DPC, and the Neighborhood Leadership Institute.


United Way moved to its own new building, downtown in the Historic Tobacco Warehouse District.


United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County and the Center for Early Success announced a $5.4 million grant from the Danville Regional Foundation to advance Smart Beginnings and its school readiness initiative.


United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania becomes Dolly Parton Imagination Library Affiliate for Danville and Pittsylvania County.


30+ year United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County employee, Jean Walker, retired and June Walters assumes the role as Finance Director.

Philip Haley became President/CEO.


United Way meets campaign goal of $700,000 for the first time in 8 years.


The United Way ALICE project is a nationwide effort to quantify and describe the number of households that are struggling financially. The first ALICE report was presented in a conversational, accessible format that is easily accessed by businesses, government, nonprofits, academia, the press, and citizens. The Project also provides regular updates and special subject reports that drill down on specific issues.


United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County began working with Danville Public Schools creates The Transition Stop to remove barriers of learning through the distribution of free clothing, hygiene products, and school supplies, and providing free access to washer and dryer facilities.

Jennifer Smith became President/CEO.


Owens-Illinois’ Glass4Good program began in Danville with a pilot program with United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County.


Upon Jennifer Smith’s retirement, Cathy Gore became President/CEO.


Our Future Begins With YOU

Our history was shaped by the selfless acts of people like you. With donations and volunteering we are able to provide the programs for people to prosper in work, health, and education. None of our history here would be possible without every contribution from every individual that chose to walk with us and make a difference. Thank you for taking a step through time with us.


Now, we want YOU to be apart of our history and keep these pages turning for years to come.

Let's STAND UNITED and move into the future together.