The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (UWVP) has the goal of moving the 10% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL) households and Asset Limited Income Constrained Employment (ALICE) households out of poverty by 2023. In 2015, 39% of Virginia households struggled to afford basic needs, so in pursuit of achieving their mission, UWVP launched its 2020 campaign by raising funds to help the Peninsula thrive and make a lasting change.
The UWVP held a Campaign Celebration on Feb. 19 at C.A. Barrs in Yorktown to celebrate the many donors who gave their time, money and dedication to their cause as well as celebrate major accomplishments already achieved through the campaign. More than 200 community leaders were in attendance as the UWVP announced they have raised $5.4 million for the campaign thus far.
During the event, United Way presented community leader organizations with awards, honoring them and their contributions to their community. Awarded organizations included: Publix as Campaign on the Rise; Sentara Healthcare and Riverside Health Systems as Increased Sector Participation; Jefferson Lab as Most Creative Campaign; Harrison & Lear as Small Campaign of the Year; Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein as Mid-Size Campaign of the Year; UPS as Large Campaign of the Year; Colleen Wilson from City of Williamsburg as Campaign Coordinator of the Year; Huntington Ingalls Industries and Newport News Shipbuilding with the Community Builder Award; Hampton City Schools and Anheuser Busch with the Kindness Award; and Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) with the Live United Award.