Join Our Staff | United Way of Henry County and Martinsville

We're always looking for people who want to join United Way's mission to advance education, financial stability, and healthy living in Henry County and Martinsville, Virginia. The United Way is a global network known for providing long-term career opportunities. All of this adds up to an incredible amount of work that impacts 48 million people every year. 
We are a local United Way, meaning we are one individual branch of a worldwide network that includes more than 1,000 other local organizations in 40 countries. 

Although locations, geographies, and local cultures vary, every community needs leaders who are willing to raise their hand and advance United Way's mission. If you are interested in joining our United Way staff, please check out the listings below.

Available Job Listings Will Be Posted Below

Lived Experienced Leader - Family Resource Center

Application Deadline: Until Filled

Job Description:

The Lived Experienced Leader is responsible for providing peer support, advocacy, and education to families who access the Family Resource Center (FRC) services. The Lived Experienced Leader uses their own lived experience navigating the child welfare system or other family support services to inspire hope, empower, and support families in their wellness journey. The Lived Experienced Leader also contributes to the development and evaluation of the FRC programs and policies and promotes the values and principles of lived experience work within the FRC and the broader community.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual and group peer support to families who are navigating the child welfare system or other family support services.
  • Share personal stories with families, as appropriate, to foster hope and connection.
  • Assist families in identifying and accessing resources and services that meet their needs and preferences, such as health, social, educational, and recreational opportunities.
  • Advocate for families’ rights and interests and support them in self-advocacy and decision-making.
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate parent support and education classes on topics identified by the group.
  • Participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the FRC programs and activities, and provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with the FRC staff, partners, and stakeholders, and represent the lived experience perspective in meetings and committees.
  • Contribute and recruitment of community members’ participation and feedback to better understand the community needs through the lens of relevancy and applicability to the community.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • An individual contributor with lived experiences who has navigated the child welfare system:
    • A parent/caregiver who has navigated the child welfare system and petitioned the court(s) to resume custody of a child or children.
    • A parent who has lost permanent or temporary custody of a child/children through the child welfare system and worked with child support services.
    • A parent who has lost permanent custody of a child/children through foster care and/or adoption.
    • An adult who has navigated the child welfare system through foster care and/or adoption.
    • Ability to establish and maintain positive and respectful relationships with families, staff, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and respectful relationships with families, staff, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Commitment to the values and principles of lived experience work, such as hope, empowerment, self-determination, and social justice.
  • Have a passion for meaningful work to help solve service gaps and equity disparities within the community.
  • Be compassionate about, committed to, and invested in the betterment of the community.
  • Have a strong sense of empathy, good communication and collaboration skills, and ability to work well with others.


To apply, please send your resume, a cover letter detailing your lived experience, and references to Kaneshia Coles:

Early Literacy Paid Internship -

MHC Partners for Children

Application Deadline: May 30, 2024

Thanks to funding from Atlantic Union Bank, United Way of Henry County and Martinsville is looking for a summer intern to work with their early learning initiative, MHC Partners for Children. The intern will work to implement summer early literacy activities and events in the community during the months of June and July 2024. This will be a paid internship at $15.00 an hour, 30 hours a week, for a total of 8 weeks.

Preferred Education and Skills:

  • Quick thinking, flexible, meticulous, and creative
  • Computer proficiency and experience: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Adobe, and Publisher
  • Must be able to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with high energy
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience in and commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Candidate should have access to reliable transportation.

Description of duties:

Assisting with the implementation of summer reading activities and events focused on ensuring that children do not experience summer learning loss and return to school after summer vacation with gains in vocabulary, comprehension, listening and reading skills. Examples of these activities and events are:

  • Week of Reading and Summer Learning Events
  • Read to Learn tutoring program at various community locations
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten activities for parents/caregivers of young children entering    kindergarten in the fall of 2024



Candidates for internship will need to be a college/community college student during the 2024-2025 school year or a recent college graduate. A focus in early childhood/elementary education is preferred.

Ability to perform essential job functions without any health restrictions, including the ability to

sit for long periods of time, stand, lift, and carry up to twenty pounds, reach with hands and arms, kneel, talk, hear, and have vision within normal ranges. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.



  • This position is a paid internship. The position will conclude when the stated duration of the performance period concludes.
  • Additional tasks and duties may be assigned by the Director of Early Learning Strategies.
  • The United Way is an Equal Opportunity Employer and drug free workplace.
  • The United Way is committed to embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Deadline for applications is May 30.



Application Process:

Candidates should reach out to the Director of Early Learning Strategies, Melanie McLarty, at, with their resume and cover letter. Application deadline: May 30, 2024.  

United Way of Henry County & Martinsville is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, advanced education, marital status, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, and other legally protected characteristics, in accordance with applicable laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail us at to provide the nature of your request and your contact information.