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.
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
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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