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2019 Campaign Chair

Category : Campaign

2019 Campaign Chair, Andrew Becker

United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County is pleased to announce that Andrew Becker, Manufacturing Director for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and longtime United Way supporter, is serving as Chair for the 2019 Annual United Way Campaign, one of the most significant fundraising events for Danville and Pittsylvania County.

In his role, Mr. Becker will lead a group of dedicated community leaders who encourage local companies to give back to the community through the United Way campaign. With the community’s support, United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County aims to raise $625,000 through the Campaign.

Mr. Becker is the fourteenth manufacturing director in the Goodyear-Danville plant’s 53-year history. He began his career with Goodyear in 1997 at Union City, Tenn., as an hourly maintenance associate. He moved to a salary posi­tion in 2000 as a technical engineer. Over the next 22 years, he held various roles in several of Goodyear’s facilities in Ohio and North Carolina before taking on the role of manufacturing director of Goodyear-Danville.

“Over the last year I’ve gotten the opportunity to learn a lot about Danville and meet some of the people here,” says Becker. “I’m looking forward to being part of this year’s United Way campaign, because I know through teamwork and servant leadership our future can be better and brighter than anyone can imagine.”

Becker is married and has three children. He is also a United States Navy combat action veteran (special intelligence). In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife at the beach, and riding motorcycles.

For over 97 years, United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County has worked in the region to improve people’s lives. Through gifts to the Annual Campaign, the United Way is able to invest the dollars raised into 16 programs supported by 14 local agencies. These programs address human service needs across four program areas: Read Dan River, Educate Dan River, Get Healthy Dan River and Work Dan River. This enables United Way to undertake the immediate and continuing needs of Danville and Pittsylvania County families and individuals, and to create real, lasting change that matters to our community.

Picnic on the Plaza

Category : Upcoming Events

Picnic on the Plaza 2018

The last Picnic on the Plaza for the 2019 season will be October 23rd from 11:45 am until 1:45 pm.  Come out and enjoy the last days of warm weather beside the beautiful JTI Fountain on the Main Street Plaza in Danville.  There is something special about sharing a meal and spending time with people from the community that helps slow down a busy day at the office.

United Way Day at Boys and Girls Club

Category : Past Events

United Way Day at the Boys and Girls Club (Chatham)

United Way Ambassadors and staff had the opportunity to help teach responsibility to kids attending Boys and Girls Club in Chatham.  The kids painted pots and transplanted flowers and if they care for their flowers well over the next month they might be able to get a classroom pet.  United Way Ambassador, Patricia Dudley, told the kids about how to take care of their flowers and what to do to make them beautiful!

Picnic on the Plaza

Category : Past Events

Picnic on the Plaza 2019

Picnic on the Plaza

Our second Picnic on the Plaza for 2019 will be on May 22 from 11:45 to 1:45 pm.  Join us on Main Street Plaza in the River District of Danville close to the JTI Fountain.

Bridge2Bridge–Fundraiser for Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association


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:

United Way Day with DPCS Healthy Families

In February, United Way Ambassadors helped children decorate cookies to assist Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services Healthy Families program.  We aren't sure who had more fun, the kids or the adults!


United Way Day at the Salvation Army

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 Annual Pancake Breakfast

Category : Past Events

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.


Why Give to United Way?

Category : Past Events

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.


Donna Higdon

Chair, Board of Directors

United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County

*a United Way supported agency

United Way Christmas 2018

Category : Past Events

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.


Campaign Report

TOTAL RAISED as of January 6, 2020-


THANK YOU to the following companies for completing their 2019 Workplace Campaign:


Bustard Trust

BWX Technologies

The Dan River Inc. Endowment Fund of The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region

Dan River Region Association of Realtors

Danville Alumnae Chapter – Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Danville Public Schools

Davenport Energy

Davis Storage & Warehouse, Inc.

Dodson Pest Control

First Piedmont

ITW, fka Multi-Wall

JC Penney Company

Mid-Atlantic Fleet Repair


New Vernon Baptist Church

O’Reilly Auto Parts


Ramsey Yeatts & Associates


SOVAH Health


Unilen–Columbia Flooring

Union Street Missionary Baptist Church

United Parcel Service

Williams Gas Pipeline


It is impossible for one entity working solo to make the changes necessary in our community.  It will take area businesses, nonprofit agencies, civic groups and individuals uniting together to make the greatest impact.


United Way’s Employee Giving Campaign plays a vital role in helping to improve lives and impact our community.  It is through United Way’s Employee Giving Campaign that companies can offer their employees an easy, efficient and powerful way to give back while providing an avenue for them to support their passions and strengthen their community.

If your company is looking for ways to be impactful in Danville and Pittsylvania County, invest in multiple agencies through one portal, and build comradery among your employees at the same time, then consider partnering with United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County.  Contact us to find out how we can work together to impact our community.