Frequently Asked Questions

What Is United Way?

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula is a nonprofit that partners with local nonprofits, businesses, donors, and social service agencies to address our community’s most pressing needs. 

Why is there a United Way?

For more than 90 years, United Way has been the community solutions provider. Donors have the confidence that their human service dollars go the furthest to do the most good, supporting many programs through one effort. United Way helps support programs in the community who are providing pathways out of poverty.  

What is Community Impact?

At United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, Community Impact is more than just a department- it’s why we are here. Community Impact directs resources to programs that meet the needs of individuals and families. Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality EDUCATION that leads to a stable job, enough FINANCIAL STABILITY to support a family through retirement, and good HEALTH. Community Impact is a cost-effective way to invest in a board range of services with a single contribution. Ultimately, Community Impact represents community results. Unite Way annually evaluates Community Impact funded programs to gauge and improve effectiveness. 

Why let United Way invest my donation?

By allowing United Way to invest your donation, you are ensuring that your gifts, combined with those of others, are going to address the most critical needs in the community. Only unrestricted gifts are available to put in United Ways Community Impact Fund. 

How much should I give?

Only you can decide how much you can give. United Way offers several giving and recognition opportunities. Many people elect to give 1% to 2% of their annual salary. Payroll deduction makes giving easier. 

I don’t use any of the agencies’ programs, so why should I give through United Way?

When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. While you may not have school-age children, we all win when a child succeeds in school, when at-risk families become self-sufficient and when all our neighbors have good health. 

How do agencies receive their designations?

Designations to agencies are provided separately from any Community Impact funds distributed through agency programs. Designations are sent throughout the year after the campaign is closed and designation reports are completed.

Doesn’t the government take care of these health and human service problems?

Human service delivery is a shared responsibility of both the public and nonprofit sectors. Recent public sector budget cuts and increasing costs for fuel and food are resulting in even more people needing assistance. As a result, your gift through United Way is increasingly important because it stays in the community to address local needs.

Why should I give to the United Way when I already give to my favorite charity?

Many of us have a favorite charity where we volunteer and that we support financially. A gift through United Way recognizes problems experienced by individuals, families, and neighborhoods are rarely one-dimensional. Complex problems require complex solutions which frequently involve multiple partners providing program support to create lasting change. When you give through United Way, you are supporting comprehensive solutions.

Who pays for United Way’s special events?

Events held to thank and inspire volunteers and donors are paid for primarily by ticket sales and sponsorships.

What is the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula’s relationship with United Way Worldwide?

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula is separate, a local organization governed by a local, volunteer Board of Directors. United Way Worldwide is a service association to which local United Ways may belong. 

If I stop working, what happens to my pledge?

Should you stop working, your payroll deduction pledge stops, too. Your pledge through United Way is made in good faith based upon your employment. When you start a new job, ask to sign up for payroll deduction again or call United Way for further details. If you are retiring, please contact United Way to continue your contributions and/or volunteer your time.

How do I find information about services when I need help?

If you need help with food shelter, rent, utilities or other basic needs, call UWVP’s FIRST CALL (757) 594-4636. This telephone hotline is staffed by operators who will talk with you to determine your needs and refer you to the community services that will be able to help.

Why does United Way want to know my birth date and email address?

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula is taking steps to thank and inform people about the results of their contributions. Using your preferred email address helps us to reduce postage and printing costs. We want to keep you informed of the good work your donation is doing. We ask for your birth date to verify eligibility in our Emerging Leaders Society affinity group. In order to track our progress in attracting new donors in this age group. All of your information is kept confidential. United Way of the Virginia Peninsula does not sell or give away any personal information to outside organizations.

What cities and counties are served by the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula?

Currently, we serve Williamsburg, James City County, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Poquoson, Mathews, and Gloucester.

How can I get involved?

Please visit our 'Get Involved' tab or give our office a call (757) 873-9328. We have lots of opportunities to plug you in!