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
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VCU Rice Rivers Center
By: VCU Rice Rivers Center
Support from Universal Leaf Foundation turns new waterfront complex into reality
Friends and supporters of VCU Rice Rivers Center recently gathered to celebrate the opening of the Kimages
Wetland Complex, a multi-use area providing sweeping views and direct access to the Kimages Creek wetlands
at the center.
The complex, completed with generous support from Universal Leaf Foundation, includes a new education building,
renovation of the former YMCA wooden pier, the addition of a floating dock for water-level canoe access, and
lighting to the site. The education building is an on-site, multi-media equipped classroom that sits over the
wetlands, providing a unique and immersive educational experience in line with VCU’s commitment to experiential
learning. The design of the pier allows safe, ADA-compliant canoe and kayak access to the creek and tidal wetlands
by students, instructors, and other outreach program providers at Rice Rivers Center.
Funding from Universal Leaf Foundation has also allowed the center to greatly enhance research and documentation of
the ecosystem benefits from wetlands and river restoration, critical to the health of the James River and Chesapeake
Bay. This led to installation of a Surface Elevation Table (SET), with the center as one of several locations that
tracks sea-level rise in the James River estuary. With the addition of the SET, Rice Rivers Center is now part of the
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sentinel Site Cooperative, which generates new research opportunities for our
faculty and staff.