United Way of Greater Williamsburg

"Improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of people and community."

United Way of Greater Williamsburg (UWGW) invests in our community by funding local programs serving the most vulnerable populations. And, our service extends beyond monetary support to local non-profits. UWGW's four programs - Home for Good, Community Resource Center, United for Food, and the Guest House Re-entry Program - address identified needs of our community.

Home for Good Program is a permanent housing program serving individuals and families living in precarious housing situations like hotels and shelters, in the Greater Williamsburg community.

Community Resource Center (CRC) provides assistance to local residents who face significant financial constraints or burdens that hinder their ability to provide basic necessities for themselves and their families.

United for Food is a monthly food distribution serving residents in Greater Williamsburg and West Point. Food distributions provide healthy food to low-income households serving over 200 households or over 550 individuals each month.

Guest House Re-entry Program provides housing and support services to previously-incarcerated men. The program enables individuals to make a successful transition from incarceration and to reduce recidivism.
In December 2016, Donnie, disabled veteran with stage 4 colon cancer moved out of a roach infested motel room and into his own apartment to live out the rest of his days with dignity, support, and a safe and clean environment for friends and family to visit.
"I am so grateful to United Way for everything they have done for me. When I was in that motel I was ready to give up. I didn't have a will to keep fighting; a reason to keep living. Now I have this beautiful apartment, food to eat, my medical bills paid. Everyone is just so nice to me. They actually care and want to help me. I'm not used to that. I don't know what I would have done without them."

Jonathan came into the United Way Guest House Re-entry Program in 2014 when he was released from the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. He volunteered with local many organizations and was offered a job with Habitat for Humanity. After over a year in the Guest House Re-entry Program, he graduated to the Home for Good Program and into his very own apartment and is now a Floor Supervisor at Habitat for Humanity.
When reflecting back on his journey Jonathan said, "I don't think I would have been this successful if I hadn't gone into the United Way program because they have given me so many opportunities. I do believe that if I would've went straight out into society that I would've been just right back behind the eight ball and they really gave me a chance to catch up. I don't believe United Way is about handing out I think they are about helping handing up."