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
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.
Virgina Home for Boys and Girls
By: Claiborne Mason, President of Virginia Home for Boys and Girls
Since 1994, Universal Leaf Corporation has supported Virginia Home for Boys and Girls’ belief that all
children deserve to grow up surrounded by a loving, nurturing family, and that all children deserve
encouragement, protection, and a sense of belonging that comes from supportive adult relationships in a
healthy family environment and a safe supportive community. After all, a healthy family is critical to
every child’s ability to live a successful life.
At VHBG, our mission is to help children across Virginia with emotional and behavioral health concerns
by facilitating the healing process. The trauma-informed care youth receive restores hope to them and
their families who then find the courage to thrive.
Our group homes include family-style living with individualized, supportive services for boys and girls
ages 11-17. By offering housing and support services, our highly individualized Independent Living
Arrangement supports qualifying youth ages 17-21 who have aged out of foster care. Our specialized school,
John G. Wood, is just the right size to teach students with emotional and behavioral concerns that impact
their academic success. And our therapeutic resource center offers a continuum of community-based care to
meet the mental health needs of the youth we serve on campus, as well as those residing in surrounding
communities. Our 30+ acre campus feels like a neighborhood you’d want to live in. For some youth in crisis,
a safe neighborhood is new to them. Tree-lined streets allow...
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