Emerging Leaders Society



A partnership between United Way of the Virginia Peninsula and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. 


The Emerging Leaders Society is a group of passionate, community-focused professionals in their twenties and thirties who want to connect with like-minded peers, serve their community, and develop as leaders for change. Emerging Leaders achieve these goals through participation in various community volunteer opportunities, addressing and discussing our community's challenges with today's top leaders, contributing financially to non-profits, and networking with like-minded young leaders to create change on the Peninsula.
We know collectively, we can do more. Join us and be recognized as a community leader!


To foster participation, commitment, growth, volunteerism, professional development and education of our donors to further collective change on the Peninsula by sustaining a leadership society that focuses on emerging professionals.


Donors enjoy exclusive opportunities throughout the year, including:

  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT seminars where you can learn how to grow your skills.
  • NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES with community-minded young professionals from an array of industries.
  • ACCESS TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP of the regions top companies, organizations, and nonprofits.
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES that expose individuals to the most pressing needs in our community.
  • INVITATIONS to signature events.
  • MEMBERSHIP to the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and United Way of the Virginia Peninsula 

How to Join

Becoming a part of ELS is easy. Donations can be made incrementally with yearly, quarterly, or monthly options.
$100 a year investment.
ELS donations must be made undesignated to United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. Anything over $100 may be designated to an outside nonprofit organizations(s). 
To join, click the donate button in the top right hand corner. To learn more, call 757-229-2222 or email emergingleaders@uwvp.org

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Upcoming Events:

SAVE THE DATE - FRIDAY, APRIL 22, ELS volunteers will be leading an earth day volunteer activity. Details TBD. 

Recent Events and Activities:

February 17, 2022: Board Preparedness Luncheon - ELS members and guests received the opportunity to hear from some of our community's most influential leaders who have dedicated years of volunteer service to the nonprofit community. This was a wonderful opportunity for young leaders to gain a deeper understanding of the needs and gaps in resources, and learn how to volunteer time and talents to advance a nonprofit organization's mission.

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December 2, 2021 : 2021 Angel Tree Drive - ELS adopted over 300 Salvation Army angels in 2021, in spite of the continued challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tradition Brewing Company hosted a minimal touch drive-thru & drop off event, and volunteers helped load the Salvation Army trucks with the generous gifts donated by ELS members and their peers.

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October 1, 2021 : Friday Night Lights Fitness Fundraiser at 757 ROC

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Interested in Serving on the ELS Steering Committee?

contact United Way of the Virginia Peninsula at: emergingleaders@uwvp.org