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Tables serve an important purpose throughout society. For it is around a table that families share a meal, reflect on the day, and speak of the needs of others. It is a time of rich conversation, to speak of hopes, to share struggles, to laugh, and to be thankful for one another. Gathering around a table creates special bonds in families, with friends, and in a community. Like conversations we have with our families, community leaders gather around a table to identify opportunities and to solve challenges, in order to make the fabric of our community stronger and more resilient. Not all tables are welcoming, however. Some require special permission to join. Perhaps that’s what makes our community table—the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area—so special. We welcome and embrace everyone, and this has been true for decades.

“Great communities don’t leave families behind, and that is our focus every day.”

Front Cover: Jonathan Davis (President, Sentara-Martha Jefferson Hospital) talks to Adisen Brown. Erika Viccellio (Executive Vice President, United Way), Pamela Sutton-Wallace (CEO, UVA Health System) and Rosa Atkins (Superintendent, Charlottesville City Schools) meet Ciera Edmonds (Jefferson Area CHiP), Aubrey Cook, her sister Genesis and mom Erin.


Just think, during our 25th annual Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring in September, thousands of community members pulled up a proverbial seat. More than 1,900 local residents served as volunteers, and several thousand more benefited from their work. That’s another thing that makes our table special: it’s a place where our donors, board, staff and beneficiaries all come together. You’ll find the leaders of our school districts, local hospitals, and employers collaborating to identify and fund solutions to expand access to early education, improve community health, and maximize the value of employment for working families. Our community table welcomes all philanthropists, regardless of the scale of their gift. We bring the notion of “crowdsourcing” to life, modest gifts of time and treasure that add up to a difference you can measure. Great communities don’t leave families behind, and that is our philosophy every day. At our table, we sit together. We work together. And we succeed together. This is what we do. Won’t you join us? Warmly, Cathy Smith Train President, United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area


COMMUNITY PHILANTHROPY Whether you donate time or treasure, the United Way engages givers who share our commitment to Charlottesville being a great place to live. We make philanthropy accessible for all. Givers learn about the community, get to know other philanthropists, and make a difference. If you’re just starting your journey to become involved, or you’re someone with time and muscle to donate, or are a seasoned philanthropist, the United Way has the knowledge, experience, capability, know-how and leadership to make your gift work to keep this community strong. There are many ways to be involved, and at least one is right for you: Impact Teams, United Way Day of Caring, workplace campaigns, Endowment Fund, United Way Mentor & Tutor Volunteer Fair, Initiative for Effective Nonprofits, Impact Bash, United Way Relay, Women United, Santa Fund, and more.

“For generations, the United Way has worked to ensure that Charlottesville is a great place to live for people from all walks of life.” —Liza Borches, United Way Board President & President of Carter Myers Automotive


Carter Myers Automotive has been a United Way partner for over 30 years. Ann (second from right) and Carter Myers (left) introduced their daughter, Liza Borches (right), to the United Way. Liza is a Founding Member of Women United and the United Way Board Chair, and her children are already carrying on the family tradition of service to our community through volunteering.


The power of one gift is magnified when we come together. The United Way facilitates your support of the community in a way that works for you, through activities such as the Day of Caring and collective giving opportunities like workplace campaigns and Women United. All gifts are impactful. We engage with companies to simplify and maximize their corporate social responsibility goals, guiding them in donations of time, expertise, and money. The United Way Day of Caring and other volunteer opportunities we coordinate make it easy to volunteer meaningfully as a group or individual. The Day of Caring is our community’s biggest volunteer effort. It’s also one of the biggest annual volunteer events in the country. 2016 marks the 25th annual Day of Caring.


We invite you to join the thousands of local community philanthropists who connect through the United Way. Together, we do great things.







$144,635 VIA CORPORATE GIVING $524,466





Our United Way empowers all philanthropists. Pictured, clockwise from front left: Stefan Costa (Sales, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia); Mike Chinn (United Way Board Chair-Elect/President, S&P Global Market Intelligence), Dan Crosswhite (Driver, UPS), Rosa Atkins (Superintendent, Charlottesville City Schools), Bari Sisson (Event Planner, CFA Institute).


CATALYTIC LEADERSHIP We are community leaders who are actively solving some of the most entrenched challenges in central Virginia. We know when it’s time to step in. The United Way Board of Directors is unprecedented, and includes leadership-level representation from large corporations, small businesses, education, financial institutions, social services, the technology sector, media, healthcare, philanthropists, and more. By bringing diverse leaders together, we get things done. We illuminate, resonate, convene, and leverage.

The United Way is finding ways to make our community healthier, whether it’s helping moms get the prenatal care they need, or improving access to basic health care, medications, and nutritious food. Pictured, clockwise from front left: Jonathan Davis (United Way Board/ President, Sentara-Martha Jefferson Hospital), Erika Viccellio (Executive Vice President, United Way), Dave Stebbins (United Way Board/Business Analyst, UVA Physicians Group), Pamela Sutton-Wallace (United Way Board/CEO, UVA Health System), Cathy Train (President, United Way).


“United Way provides a unique common ground, where our two health systems can collaborate on improving community-based care.” —Pamela Sutton-Wallace, United Way Board & CEO of UVA Health System



The United Way harnessed early education leadership and key stakeholders from across Virginia to create the Early Education Task Force (EETF) in 2015. Its vision? Every child in Charlottesville-Albemarle living with risk factors that impact success in life will have access to a highquality early education program. Recent accomplishments include: •P  lacing an additional 70 eligible children in quality pre-kindergarten. •P  resenting 2 early education symposiums which helped galvanize the community around this issue and provided local early education teachers pertinent professional development experience. •C  ompleting a fiscal map which outlines all revenues coming into the community to support early care and education services (ages 0-5) that will serve as a strategic tool in creating a sustainable funding plan for pre-k in our community. •D  efining and initiating a quality framework intended to accelerate and improve the quality of pre-k throughout the community.

Caitlyn Elliot and her children Jasaiah and Adisen visit with Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins. Jasaiah receives a child care scholarship, so he’ll be ready to succeed when he starts kindergarten. Caitlyn has been working at Sentara-Martha Jefferson and is now working towards a nursing degree.




The Cville Tax Aid coalition brings together 17 organizations to provide free tax preparation for lowincome families, and ensures that taxpayers receive all qualified credits and refunds. In tax year 2015, Cville Tax Aid had 192 volunteers who prepared 2,484 returns. The total economic impact for our community totaled $5,832,640, with a cumulative value (since 2008) of $27,117,523.


The United Way’s prescription assistance program helps low-income workers without prescription coverage (or with an unaffordable co-pay) receive free medications for chronic medical conditions. Our pharmacy tech is on site at the Charlottesville Free Clinic, Region Ten, and works with Sentara-Martha Jefferson Hospital doctors. The estimated value of the medication provided in this community since the program’s inception in December 2007 is over $19,100,000.

United Way volunteers, donors and tax clients talking about the importance of Cville Tax Aid. Pictured, clockwise from front left: Joe Bernheim (Cville Tax Aid volunteer preparer/retired physician), Don Long (United Way Self-Sufficiency Chair/attorney, Lenhart Pettit), Alana Stevenson (tax client), Stefan Costa (Donor/Sales, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia), Jean Mackay (IRS/Cville Tax Aid volunteer preparer), and Gayle Davies (tax client).


“My philanthropy through the United Way helps working families maximize their paychecks by accessing the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits, increasing the value of their work.” —Stefan Costa, United Way Donor & Sales, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia


DYNAMIC GRANTMAKING We grant funding to a fabric of ideas that create big impact. Here’s a sampling:


• After-school Tutoring, Charlottesville Abundant Life • Child Care Scholarships, United Way • Child Care Quality, ReadyKids • Home Visiting Collaborative, Jefferson Area CHiP and ReadyKids


“Seeing a family thrive is the greatest reward for all of our donors, and something the United Way helps happen every day.” —Mike Chinn, United Way Board & President of S&P Global Market Intelligence


• Building Dreams, Habitat for Humanity • Cville Tax Aid, United Way • Family & Individual Financial Literacy, Charlottesville Abundant Life • Financial Capability & Asset Building, Piedmont Housing Alliance • Job Training & Employment, WorkSource Enterprises • Re-Entry Services, Offender Aid & Restoration • STEAM, Computers4Kids • Strive, Charlottesville Abundant Life • Workforce Tutoring, Literacy Volunteers

STRATEGIC HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS & COMMUNITY HEALTH • Counseling Services, The Women’s Initiative • Fresh Farmacy, Local Food Hub • Harvest of the Month, City Schoolyard Garden • Health Compass, Blue Ridge Medical Center • Integrated Care, Charlottesville Free Clinic • RxRelief Prescription Assistance, United Way • Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting Support, Jefferson Area CHiP • Triple Play: Fitness, Nutrition and Cooking for Health, Boys & Girls Club


During fiscal year 2017, the United Way is investing $2,206,783 in programs and services that serve local citizens and make this community a better place to live for all families. United Way Impact Teams selected 18 programs from 15 agencies to receive grants totaling $620,000, with the additional $1,586,783 invested in programs including the United Way’s Cville Tax Aid, RxRelief, and early education investments. These investments of local donations are carefully selected, monitored, and evaluated on an annual basis—both for efficacy and alignment with our strategic impact areas. Through these grants we’re able to help our area’s families grow and succeed. Kalyndia is a precocious 4-year-old whose mother is bedridden with a serious respiratory illness. Unable to pay for child care, Kalyndia’s dad took her to his barbershop every day, where she colored and napped in the empty barber chairs. Now, a United Way Child Care Scholarship enables this funny and bright 4-yearold to attend a high-quality early education center, where she’s thriving, learning, and getting prepared to succeed in school.

Jacob Briggs and daughter Kalyndia share breakfast with Cathy Train.



The United Way’s connectivity and leadership magnify your gift to create greater impact. We connect people in need to a continuum of support, not just a one-time service. The United Way works to help local programs smooth the way for a family on the road to self-sufficiency. Alone, with no help from family, Erin didn’t know much about prenatal care or how to take care of a baby. A United Way-funded program at Jefferson Area CHiP made sure that Erin got to doctor’s appointments, had good nutrition, and had a healthy pregnancy—all while supporting her schoolwork so she could graduate on time. When Genesis was born, Erin joined another United Way-funded CHiP program, which provides regular in-home visits from a nurse so that Erin learned how to raise a healthy and happy child. A United Way Child Care Scholarship allows Genesis to attend high-quality preschool while Erin works full-time in a career-ladder position at the UVA Hospital Emergency Department. And, Genesis is great help with her new baby sister, Aubrey, who also has a scholarship.

“Our United Way creates an amazing system of support that helps me prioritize both my career and my kids.” —Erin Cook, United Way Beneficiary & Employee of UVA Hospital Emergency Department Erin Cook with daughters Genesis (left) and Aubrey.




The Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award,   Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Past Chair, Albemarle Rotary Club Past Chair, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce John L. Snook Child Advocate Award, ReadyKids Founding Member, Women United Founding Board Member, Jefferson Area CHiP Chair, Albemarle County Police Foundation Founding Board Member, Charlottesville Tomorrow


Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership,   United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area Stephen B. Perry Award, Virginia Institute of Autism Board of Directors, Charlottesville Regional Chamber   of Commerce Mohan M. Nadkarni Award of Excellence,   Charlottesville Free Clinic Mitch Van Yahres Family Friendly Employer Award, ReadyKids The Virginia Dofflemeyer Award, Mental Health America C-ville 20, C-ville Weekly

Erika Viccellio (left) and Cathy Train bring years of experience and complimentary leadership styles to the United Way. We asked them to talk about how they work together.



What was your path to the United Way?

What are 1-2 goals you have for the United Way in the next few years?

CT: Mine was a wiggly path. Early in my career, I had been in early childhood education and, as I finished student teaching, my path took me back to school for a business education. That was followed by owning a small business, banking and real estate management. At any rate, a fellow banker and Campaign Chair for the United Way led me to the United Way. And here, I have found my home, my heart, and my best work.

EV: I want to make the United Way accessible to more people. I think that many community members are unclear about what we do: we are a locally grown 501(c)3 organization and not a chapter of a national corporation. United Way responds to local needs in a compelling and effective way without commitments to anyone besides the citizens we’re serving and the donors that make the work possible.

EV: I spent 7 years at the Virginia Institute of Autism and 12 years at the Charlottesville Free Clinic. While enthusiastic about their missions, and those of other nonprofits I’ve been involved with, I realized that I have a passion for bringing people together. The United Way is a catalyst for working toward community goals and that felt like a great fit for me.

What is the most significant contribution United Way has made to the community?

What inspires you?

CT: Our Board, staff, and volunteers are quick to roll up their sleeves and overcome entrenched problems. It is the knowledge, commitment, and ever-evolving nature of our organization that are our best assets and, in turn, our most significant contribution.

CT: The people I work with every day. My colleagues are outstanding, and we have incredible volunteers—the envy of our community. I love the partnership we have for the betterment of our neighbors. People come together to do good for someone else knowing they may never meet whom they are helping. And yet, that person matters to them. Our community table is open to all; we gather around it to “If we can, we should do good for care for one another.

“The United Way is the hub...for coming together to address issues and create opportunity.”­ —Erika Viccellio


 nd, I will help advance the work plan of the Early Education Task Force. We are united A around the idea that every child in Charlottesville-Albemarle living with risk factors that impact success will have access to a high-quality early education program, and—as chair—I want to ensure that the group remains engaged, enthused and effective.

EV: The United Way is the hub—for community leaders, concerned citizens, businesses, philanthropists, nonprofits, government officials, schools, civic groups, health systems—for coming together to address issues and create opportunity.

If we can, we should do good for others. It’s really that simple.

others. It’s really that simple.” ­—Cathy Train



 he United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area was T founded by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1943. We serve Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.


The United WayThomas Jefferson Area is a completely local and autonomous organization—not a chapter of a national organization.


 ur programs and grants annually serve O approximately 10,000 citizens in our area.

x100 Liza Borches (left) with Cathy Train.




The United Way’s Volunteer Center offers volunteer opportunities from nearly 200 local organizations and makes 3,000 volunteer position referrals annually. Visit or call 434-972-1703.

6 Our 10 employees have 142 combined years of professional nonprofit experience, which results in incredible professional expertise and community knowledge.

8 5 Our board is large—around 50 members— and each is engaged and brings expertise and guidance to our work. The leadership connections made within the board, and the convening power that extends beyond the board, multiplies our impact.



The United Way has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars from funders outside our community. This money provides direct services like child care, tax preparation, and prescription assistance to local citizens.

Our Information and Referral Center fields some 3,500 calls every year. Many callers have emergency needs, such as housing, food, and utility assistance. Others need assistance with child care, tax return preparation, clothing, holiday needs, and more. “I&R” is a critical link to local services.


COMMUNITY PHILANTHROPY. CATALYTIC LEADERSHIP. DYNAMIC GRANTMAKING. Thank you to PK Kamath and Tommy Lasley for welcoming us to the table at Fry’s Spring Station for the community breakfast pictured in this publication.

Pictured, left to right: PK Kamath & Liza Borches; Chef Tommy Lasley; PK, Sonia, Susannah, & Duncan Kamath.

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2016 United Way TJA Annual Report  
2016 United Way TJA Annual Report