The Foundation
Universal has a strong sense of social responsibility providing community support through programmatic support for 501(c)(3) organizations through the Foundation. The Foundation is committed to goodwill as is evident in its investment in the community and in addition to financial support, promotes employee volunteerism. The Company also provides support for events through corporate contributions.

Universal currently has significant business operations in the following locations:

  • Oxford (Granville County), North Carolina
  • Rocky Mount (Nash County), North Carolina
  • Wilson, North Carolina
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Kenbridge, Virginia

Periodically we shine our spotlight on one of the programs or events we support. Perhaps yours will be next. Good luck, and thank you for what you do for our communities.

Richmond Cycling Corps

By: Matt Crane, Director of Development

If you are a young person growing up in public housing, you are living in an isolated dystopia of scarce employment, constant violence, prevalent drug abuse, missing role models, and underserved schools. This is not hyperbole. This is a reality. These are complexities which might not exist if you live in another part of town.

Concentration of poverty, extrapolated over generations, plus isolation from the traction of mainstream society to overcome it (poverty), results in a sub-culture of staggering oppression. In Richmond, this condition, which young people are born into and expected to thrive in, exists in the very heart of the city. At 28%, we, The City of Richmond, have a higher concentration of poverty than Baltimore.

The entirety of adversity the Richmond Cycling Corps mission is designed to counteract can be boiled down to one fact: public housing. We, as an organization, exist to empower young people to break the cycle of poverty, and to escape life in public housing. We are a cycling-based program, but we are seeking to do far more than just introduce youth to the sport of cycling.
Richmond Cycling Corps was founded in 2011 by elite racing cyclist Craig Dodson. While touring the country as...

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