Get Involved

Become a ‘VGEA Connection’

VGEA Connections serve as our local point-of-contacts in his or her agency or office. They are the first to know when breaking news affecting state employees occurs and the go-to-person to get the answers to member questions or to share member concerns. VGEA Connections are also responsible for bringing new employees and non-member co-workers in their agency or office into the VGEA family and for counseling those who are completing their state government career on the benefits of transitioning to a VGEA retiree membership.  Members who become VGEA Connections also receive certain unique member benefits.  Click here to find out more or to be considered as a VGEA Connection.

Join or Start a Chapter

When you join VGEA, you become part of a family that is eager to hear your voice and for you to get involved. Whether your concerns are pay, health care benefits, worker protection or retirement issues, the chapter is the place for you to begin working on them. Each chapter has an elected president who serves as your advocate to the Board of Directors, advancing your thoughts and concerns. Each chapter also has at least one face-to-face meeting each year with the VGEA Executive Director so you can learn first hand how your association is doing and what is happening in Richmond with the Governor and General Assembly. Click on the Chapter page to find out more about existing chapters or starting a new chapter.

Attend a Regional Meeting

VGEA hosts general membership meetings annually in five regions of the state where members gather over a meal to hear the latest from the VGEA lobbying team about VGEA’s legislative issues and also to meet members of the Board of Directors. Regional meetings are generally held during late spring into early summer and sometimes into the early fall.  All members are encouraged to attend the regional meeting in their area.  Watch your ForeSight and VGEA eNews or check the Calendar of Events for the Regional Meeting schedule.

Attend the Annual General Membership Meeting

VGEA holds its annual general membership meeting in or near Richmond where attendees provide feedback on legislative priorities, hear state leaders discuss pay, healthcare benefits, worker protection and retirement issues, recognize outstanding members and scholarship winners, meet legislators, and approve amendments to the by-laws. Look for details about the annual general membership meeting in the summer ForeSight and VGEA eNews.



What VGEA Members Are Saying:

  • This organization (VGEA) provides highest quality support for active and retired public employees…

    Dan Moon
  • VGEA is our Voice in Richmond!

    Judy Franklin
  • VGEA is Your Connection that has the strength of numbers and influence to demand that our issues are addressed.

    April Mela
  • I’m impressed with the VGEA’s General Assembly accomplishments, particularly in the last few years.

    Terry Alfred
  • Thank you, VGEA, for all you do for State employees. Your effort and dedication are much appreciated.

    Jayne Fanshaw, Longwood University
  • VGEA is wonderful and has our best interests at heart…it is truly the voice of the people.

    Joan Stromberg, ABC
  • Thank you, (VGEA) you do a great job representing us! 

    Karen Poff
  • The cellphone discounts I’ve gotten through VGEA have probably been enough to pay my association dues for the rest of my life!

    L.F., Department of Corrections
  • “I saved $200 this year just by changing to Liberty Mutual for car insurance. That’s how much the VGEA insurance discount was – twice my dues!”

    J. L. Stone
  • Great organization and I’m proud to be a member. VGEA worked tirelessly to ensure state employees received a 3% raise this year and not tied to revenue projections. VGEA is our voice to state government. I wish more state employees would join, there is strength in numbers.

    Carolyn Bethea

Representing the Commonwealth’s Employees and Retirees

For more than a half century, the VGEA has worked with Virginia General Assembly members and every Governor to protect the interests of the Commonwealth’s employees and retirees and to ensure that their needs are addressed. Learn More