Category Archives: Past Events

United Way Day at Boys and Girls Club

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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

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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:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Pancake Breakfast

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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?

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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

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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.


Sheriff Mike Taylor’s Campaign Quote

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“We talk often about the future of our community and the economy. What we need to continually recognize is that our CHILDREN are our future! The objectives of the many organizations are met through your financial givings. Let’s make sure that all children have access to the opportunities that help them to reach their life’s goal. When you support the United Way you are supporting our future!”

#Giving Tuesday

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#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.

Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together. #GivingTuesday includes people of all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds.

Everyone has something to give, whether it is money or time, both are equally valued!

This year United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County has a goal to raise $5,000 on November 27, 2018 to provide our Read Dan River focus area with books and learning materials.  We believe that reading is the foundation of a good education.  Click Here to Donate Now.

2018 Campaign Co-Chairs

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Meet the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County 2018 Campaign Co-Chairs.  Left to Right-Sheriff Mike Mondul, Chief Scott Booth and Sheriff Mike Taylor.

"The United Way is a positive agent of change in our community. The dollars raised go a long way towards improving the quality of life in Danville and Pittsylvania County." -Sheriff Mike Mondul

“We talk often about the future of our community and the economy. What we need to continually recognize is that our CHILDREN are our future! The objectives of the many organizations are met through your financial givings. Let’s make sure that all children have access to the opportunities that help them to reach their life’s goal. When you support the United Way you are supporting our future!” -Sheriff Mike Taylor

“Communities can only move forward by building strong partnerships. The United Way is a regional leader in building those partnerships and bringing people together to solve problems” -Chief Scott C. Booth

Picnic on the Plaza

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We had three great Picnics on the Plaza in 2018. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Gateway Health, River District Association and River District Consulting Group. We also want to thank the hundreds of people that supported us and enjoyed a scrumptious lunch for just $3.00. Many attended all three!

We look forward to seeing everyone when our Picnics on the Plaza resume on the 4th Wednesday of April (April 24th), 2019.  Our Picnics will continue monthly through October.

If you would like to sponsor this event one month, please contact the United Way office at 434.792.3700

See you in April!

Campaign Report

TOTAL RAISED as of October 2, 2019-


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.

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



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.