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June 1, 2016

United Way Welcomes New President and CEO

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula today welcomed Steven S. Kast as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Kast joins United Way following 32 years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, serving as the Club’s President and CEO during most of his tenure.  During his career Mr. Kast grew both the footprint and reputation of the Boys and Girls Clubs exponentially and has received numerous honors both locally and nationally for his contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs organization and the community.

A graduate of Christopher Newport University, Mr. Kast currently serves on the CNU Board of Visitors, the CNU Education Foundation, the CNU Alumni Board, and is chairman of the school board for Poquoson City Schools.

 We are pleased to have Mr. Kast joining the United Way staff and welcome his expertise in non-profit management and development.
 

 

September 12, 2015

Annual Day of Caring Benefits Local Agencies

More than 160 employees from companies and organizations throughout the Peninsula generously volunteered time and talent to take part in United Way’s 22nd Annual Day of Caring, held Friday, September 11th.  Community spirit was in abundance as volunteers cleaned, mulched, raked, painted and organized at 16 local  non-profit organizations and more than 24 projects throughout Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and York and Gloucester counties.


Local organizations providing volunteers included The City of Hampton, Daily Press, NASA/Langley Research Center, City of Newport News, Jefferson Lab, UPS, Old Point National Bank, Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Sentara, Enterprise Rentals, Portfolio Recovery, JCPenney, and EVB. 

Organizations receiving volunteer assistance during the Day of Caring were Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, LINK of Hampton Roads, Lackey Free Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, H.E.L.P, Inc., Gloucester/Mathews Care Clinic, Five Loaves Food Pantry, Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, Center for Child & Family Services, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Bacon Street, American Red Cross, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula.

The City of Newport News Parks and Recreation also partnered with United Way volunteers for landscaping assistance and clean-up efforts at Newport News Park in
preparation for the Annual Fall Festival. For photos of the day's events, visit our Photo Gallery on the homepage.


July 31, 2015

Plans Begin for 22nd Annual Day of Caring

Local health and human service non-profit organizations are gearing up for United Way's 22nd annual Day of Caring volunteer event.  United Way is currently receiving projects for agencies that will engage volunteers in a single day of community service throughout the Virginia Peninsula.  If your organization has a project that could use volunteer manpower, please contact Patti Mantey at pmantey@uwvp.org or call 757.873.9328, Ext. 20.

 

June 24, 2015

We Moved!

After nearly 20 years on Thimble Shoals Boulevard in Newport News, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula has officially moved to smaller offices at 11870 Merchants Walk, Suite 104---remaining in our centralized Oyster Point Business Park location.  You will see our United Way logo prominently displayed on the front of our building.  Our phone number has remained the same: 757.873.9328; however, we do have a new fax number: 757.598.3551.

 

March 12, 2015

Annual Campaign & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon “Celebrates the Green”
United Way of the Virginia Peninsula’s volunteers and workplace coordinators helped celebrate an early St. Patrick’s Day at the organization’s annual Campaign and

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, held March 12th at the Newport News Marriott at City Center.  The “Celebrating the Green” event honored outstanding contributions of those who helped United Way raise $5.1 million for community programs and services in 2014 through its workplace and federal  campaigns—more than any other local fundraising effort.

United Way’s president, Ty Joubert, welcomed attendees and thanked the event’s corporate sponsors:  Newport News Shipbuilding, Riverside Health System, Sentara Healthcare, and Community Health Charities of Virginia.
 
Karen Brown, Executive Director of NATASHA House opened the program with a brief firsthand account of the  importance of United Way support to those in the community who depend upon the funded programs and services.

Members of the United Way staff helped emcee the appreciation portion of the program which included the following honors and awards:

•  The Coordinator of the Year Award was presented to a trio of coordinators from Sentara Healthcare.  Accepting the award for Sentara was Twania Hilliard, who chaired Sentara’s Peninsula campaign with Elizabeth Duncan-Hawker and Susan Shaheen.

•  The Campaign Creativity Award was presented to Hampton Roads Sanitation District.  Sherman Pressey and Tiffany Elston accepted the award which is presented to the organization that makes its workplace fundraising not only successful, but fun and enthusiastic for all involved.

•  The Campaign Best Practices Award was presented to the City of Newport News and accepted by its coordinator, Beth Cumming.  The City was honored for its perennially successful fundraising effort, CEO commitment, departmental presentations, goal setting, and fostering of enthusiasm for the campaign.

•  Hampton City Schools and Newport News Public Schools were honored for their ongoing participation in the United Way@School Campaign (formerly known as Dimes Worth of Difference).  Over the past 20 years the students in these two systems have raised approximately $500,000 for people in our community, while being educated about community needs and programs and learning the importance of “giving back.”  Dr. Pat Johnson of Hampton City Schools and Pat Finneran of Newport News Public Schools accepted the awards.

Newport News Shipbuilding was honored with a special award for its ongoing corporate support and recognition as the largest employee workplace campaign.  Bill Bell, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at Newport News Shipbuilding accepted the award.

• Two employees of Newport News Shipbuilding were honored.  Bill Rinehart was recognized for his 13 weeks as a “loaned” account executive for United Way of the Virginia Peninsula; and Tom Thornhill received appreciation for his volunteer work with United Way’s Board of Directors in their strategic planning effort.

• The Parks and Recreation departments of both the City of Hampton and the City of Newport News were presented with appreciation awards for their work in providing project coordination and supervision for the 2014 Day of Caring. More than 100 volunteers worked on improvement projects at Deer Park and Newport News Park and at Briarfield Park in Hampton.  Jim Wilson, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Hampton accepted the award along with Briarfield Park Supervisor, Chris Guthomson.  Accepting for the City of Newport News was Newport News Park Director, Lindsay Carroll.

• The new Paragon City Center 12 Theatre in Newport News was recognized for organizing a special fundraiser to benefit United Way during their grand opening celebrations.

•  Members of the Community Investment Panels were honored for their tireless efforts in helping to make  program funding recommendations.  The 33 volunteers included: Ron Bieszczad, Malik Brice, Sabrina Carr, Victoria Diggs, Barbara Easter, Pat Finneran, Chip Goldstein, Courtney Gardner, Lynda Gray, Chavis Harris, Carolyn Holmes, Michael Holmes, Patricia Johnson, Joel Kirsch, Phyllis Kirsch, Tim Lauth, Richard Mason, Brent Mathews, Sherry Mathews, Jonathan McBride, Brenda McPherson, Henry Mills, Terry Morris, JoAnn Owens, Kevin Pearce, Sandra Pierce, Flave Rogers, Lennie Routten, Sam Samorian, Wayne Silver, Anita Walters, Mark Woodard, and Sherry Wright.

For photo highlights of the event and the honorees, please visit our Photo Gallery.


 September 10, 2014

Area Cities Partner with United Way's Annual Day of Caring  Briarfield Park to Get "Facelift"
Briarfield Park in Hampton will be receiving a much-needed “facelift” on Friday thanks to a partnership between the City of Hampton Parks and Recreation Department and United Way of the Virginia Peninsula’s Day of Caring.  The annual volunteer event will mobilize more than 200 employees from companies and organizations throughout the Peninsula for one day of community service at 22 different projectsthroughout Hampton, Newport News, York County and Poquoson.

By far the most ambitious project of the day will be at Briarfi eld Park, where more than 80 volunteers will paint dugout roofs, install new picnic tables and grills, paint four park picnic shelters, and provide landscaping at four different park sites. Local organizations providing volunteers include Prudential Towne Realty, the USS Abraham Lincoln, the Daily Press, and NASA/Langley Research Center.

The City of Newport News Parks and Recreation also partnered with United Way volunteers for landscaping assistance and clean-up efforts at both Newport News Park and Deer Park; while City of Poquoson volunteers will work on a food drive and beautification efforts at the City Administration Building.

Employees of Newport News Shipbulding will conduct their annual “School Tools” Day of Caring effort by packing and distributing school supplies for children in need. Other organizations receiving volunteer assistance during the Day of Caring are Edmarc Hospice for Children, Meals on Wheels, Lackey Free Clinic, Peninsula Foodbank, H.E.L.P. Inc., Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula.

Participating volunteers are employees of Sentara Healthcare, Old Point National Bank, UPS, Jefferson Lab, Meyer Consulting, Old Point Trust, and TowneBank.


July 3, 2014

Peninsula United Way Board Adds Nine New Members
United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, the largest fundraising and community impact organization on the Peninsula, recently announced the addition of nine new members to its Board of Directors. Each new director was elected to a two-year term beginning July 1, 2014. Joining the board are: 

Ron Bieszczad, Director of Ambulatory Administration, Sentara Port Warwick 

James Bourey, City Manager, City of Newport News

Lindsey Carney, Attorney, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

Michael Doucette, Vice President and Administrator, Riverside Regional Medical Center

Patrick Finneran, Director of Corporate and Government Relations, Newport News Public Schools

Courtney Gardner, President, CE Gardner Consulting

Gregory Lawson, CPA, Dixon Hughes Goodman

Graham Nuttycombe, Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Keith Roots, Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving and Faculty Liaison, Christopher Newport University


United Way honored its retiring board members, Pat Robertson of Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital and Robert Hatten of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein at its final meeting of the fiscal year on June 26, 2014.
 


February 27, 2014

Volunteers Honored at Annual Campaign & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

“Hats Off to You” was the theme as volunteers and workplace coordinators gathered at the Newport News Marriott at City Center on February 27, 2014 for United Way of the Virginia Peninsula’s annual Campaign and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The event honored outstanding contributions of those who helped United Way raise $4.2 million for community programs and services in 2013.
 
The event was preceded by a brief annual meeting of the United Way board, chaired by Robert R. Hatten (Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein), which brought together United Way's leadership to vote on changes to the organization’s Articles of Incorporation.

Lisa Jones of VersAbility Resources opened the program with a brief firsthand account of the importance of United Way support to those in the community who depend upon the funded programs and services.

United Way President, Ty Joubert emceed the appreciation portion of the program which included the following honors and awards:

•  Five members of the Community Investment Team were honored for their long-term volunteer service in helping to make funding decisions for United Way:  Chavis Harris of Newport News Shipbuilding, Pat Finneran of Newport News Public Schools, Henry Mills of Old Point National Bank, Chip Goldstein, attorney at law, and Roger Wolfe of Community Health Charities of Virginia.

• Recognized for using creativity in their workplace campaigns, the following organizations received “Campaign Creativity Awards”:  Sprint, National Institute of Aerospace, Tyler Elementary School of Hampton, and WM Jordan Company.

•  Two representatives of local agencies were honored for their outstanding assistance with campaign presentations in the workplace:  Heather Livingston, American Red Cross and Sarah Bowman of VersAbility Resources.  

•  The Daily Press received a special “Media Sponsorship Award” for its long-standing contribution of pro bono advertising to help raise campaign awareness in the community.

•  Four organizations were honored with “Campaign Sponsorship Awards”:  Community Health Charities of Virginia, Newport News Shipbuilding, Sentara Health Care and Riverside Health System—all sponsors of the luncheon.

•  Wayne Silver, Manager of Quality and Process Excellence Operations at Newport News Shipbuilding was recognized for his work as a volunteer Account Manager during the 2013 United Way Campaign. Wayne worked with United Way staff for 13 weeks making presentations and helping to coordinate more than 300 workplace employee campaigns.

Brenda Roth, Senior Corporate Citizenship Representative for Newport News Shipbuilding was honored with the “2013 Community Service Award.”  The award is a special honor bestowed upon one who has made a particularly outstanding contibution to United Way and the community.

•  Old Point National Bank recieved the “Campaign Best Practices Award” for the company’s long-term and consistent use of best campaign practices, promoting the importance of “giving back” to the community, and for the strong education component used in its workplace campaigns.

•  Kenneth Lay, Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Newport News, was named United Way’s 2013 Coordinator of the Year.  Mr. Lay organized campaigns for more than 40 different city departments, including distribution of supplies, scheduling of presentations and speakers, and setting of individual departmental goals.

• Campaign of the Year honors for outstanding performance in all aspects of United Way involvement were awarded to the following companies:  PB Mares, National Institute of Aerospace, and Sprint.

For photo highlights of the event and the honorees, please visit our Photo Gallery.