Each year, United Way conducts a major fundraising campaign to raise resources for organizations providing critical and effective programs for our community. When you make a contribution to United Way, you are investing in results. Each organization and program listed below produces and reports on outcomes that make a measurable difference in people’s lives. Whether its higher grades in school, improved health or obtaining employment, the programs help Advance the Common Good in the areas of Education, Income, and Health.
During the 2020 funding cycle, United Way funded the following programs:
Following a disaster, American Red Cross of Blue Ridge Virginia assistance helps families become financially stable, supporting our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
The Arc of Southside's Residential program provides everyday-life, support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), ensuring that they are healthy, safe and free from exploitation, institutionalization or homelessness, with the primary goal of empowering them to be independent, contributing members of their community. The Residential program is supports our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Danville Area provides one-on-one mentoring relationships for hundreds of local school children. The children are positively impacted each year in the areas of character development, academic performance, attitude about school, classroom behavior, relationships with peers, homework preparedness and ability to avoid substance abuse. This program aligns with our goal for Educate Dan River.
The Academic Success programs of Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area (BGCDA) promotes life-long learning by supporting academic success today, setting higher education/training and career goals for tomorrow and providing access to tools and technology that prepare youth for the future. This program aligns with our goal for Educate Dan River.
The Scoutreach Outdoor Education and Career programs are Dan River District, Blue Ridge Mountains Council, and Boy Scouts of America's commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to participate in Scouting's Comprehensive Youth Development Program regardless of socio-economic circumstances, neighborhood or ethnic background. This initiative from Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts meets the developmental needs of youth in Danville and Pittsylvania County through a well-defined program based on values, learning by doing, fun and positive role models. These programs align with our goal for Educate Dan River.
For more than 20 years, the Danville Church and Community Tutorial program has helped over 5,000 youth to strengthen their subject comprehension, boost their confidence and build important learning skills. Located at 37 different church sites in Danville and Pittsylvania County, each year more than 450 youth are provided tutorial services free of charge from volunteer tutors. The program serves any kindergartner through 12th grade student in Danville-Pittsylvania County who is struggling with grade-level requirements in reading, writing, math or science; or needs assistance with homework assignments. This program aligns with our goal for Read Dan River.
The Danville Life Saving Crew provides pre-hospital emergency medical care and transportation for Danville's sick and injured citizens. This program aligns with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association assists cancer patients in the Pittsylvania/Danville health district by providing financial assistance with their cancer-related prescriptions, travel, medical, nutritional supplies, and other medical needs. DPC also provides support and education for patients and/or their families aligning with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
The DPCS Healthy Families program connects new partners with a variety of services, including a home visitor who supports the family before the child is born up until the child enters school. The home visiting model is designed to work with families who may have a history of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Healthy Families has been proven to reduce child abuse and neglect and increase children's access to routine health care and immunizations.
The DPCS Oral Healthcare Access program exists to reduce barriers to dental services for high-need, low-income adults with a developmental disability or disability due to serious mental illness, substance abuse or co-occurring disorders. These programs align with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
Danville Speech & Hearing Center provides the highest quality speech-language pathology services at the lowest possible cost to citizens in need in the Dan River Region, enabling each to attain his/her optimal communication skills. The speech and hearing center services align with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
The United Way has partnered with Healthy Families, Head Start, and Pittsylvania County School’s Virginia Preschool Initiative to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Danville and Pittsylvania County. Through this book gifting program, more than 250 children from birth to 5 years receive an age-appropriate, high-quality book each month at no cost to the family. Reading aloud to young children has been shown to set the stage for school readiness and promotes emergent literacy and language development, while giving them an early awareness of the art of reading.
Goodwill's Work Adjustment Training program (WAT) seeks to build work skills and experience for individuals with barriers to employment, including returning citizens (former felons), limited English speakers, dislocated workers and individuals with disabilities. WAT contributes to the income of participants not only during training through paid work time but also through the increased potential for improved employment outcomes after completion. This program aligns with our goal for Work Dan River.
The Early Literacy Book Buddies program helps elementary students who met the PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) benchmark, but are still struggling readers, improve their reading skills. This program aligns with our goal for Read Dan River.
The Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (RASAP) Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a program of the RASAP Coalition and serves as a voice for the youth residing in Danville and Pittsylvania County. YAC youth (9th through 12th graders) serve in an advisory capacity, providing valuable insight and guidance to strategies developed by RASAP in the prevention of youth substance abuse. Divided into two groups, urban and rural, the groups meet once a month to review local youth substance abuse data and develop, implement and evaluate prevention strategies that target youth. Often these strategies are carried out in the schools and have included a social norms campaign on Underage Drinking, an “Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and DrIvE” campaign during school prom week, a “Marijuana I Don’t Wanna…why would you?” campaign, and “What’s in Your Vape?” messages.
The Salvation Army's Food Pantry and Daily Feeding program is an immediate derivative of the Emergency Social Services program. Clients seeking assistance in areas such as utilities or rent assistance can also find help through groceries or a warm meal provided through the Corps Community Center. The Salvation Army has aligned itself to fight both hunger and homelessness. This program aligns with our goal for Get Healthy Dan River.
In an effort to address some basic needs of more than 200 Danville students, in 2019 the United Way and Danville Public Schools partnered to develop The Transition Stop. Located in unused classrooms on the Langston School Campus, the program provides free clothes, school supplies and personal hygiene items to students identified through the McKinney-Vento Act as not having a fixed regular and adequate night time residence or who are deemed unaccompanied homeless youth. Washer and dryer facilities are also available. Supplies for the Transition Stop are obtained through regular “Drives” that focus on specific items needed. Transition Stop donation boxes are placed throughout the community and at the United Way office and are marked with items currently needed by the program.
The Crisis and Income Protection (CIP) program assists families and individuals in cases that increase or preserve income, or provide crisis relief related to housing. It offers critical services to residents at a time they need it most and when there is nowhere else to turn. This program aligns with our goal for Work Dan River.