About Us

United Way understands that you really want to make a difference right here in our region. We want to help you do that. Our experience tells us that the best way to help the most people is to focus on the underlying causes of the most serious problems.

Here in our community, we’re focused on critical issues like healthcare, education for adults and children, and the rising number of working people living on the edge of poverty. It takes the whole community working together to reach our goals in these areas. So we bring together people from all across the community-people from government, business, faith groups, nonprofits, and ordinary citizens. If it requires fundraising or just getting people to work together, that’s what we do.

Your United Way contribution goes to work bringing lasting change right here in our community because that’s what matters.

Our Work

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living united means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

  • Education


    Early childhood learning is key to creating long-term success and stability. United Way focuses on preparing children to enter school ready to learn and graduate, prepared for careers.

  • Income


    Did you know that nearly half of low income working families in Southwest Virginia have less than $300 in their savings and checking account?

  • Health


    Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. United Way is working to reduce the number of SWVA children who are obese by helping us all become more aware.

  • Basic Needs

    Basic Needs

    Crisis, hunger and homelessness can happen to anyone at any time. United Way connects people in need with local resources and assistance – when they need them.


Get Involved

Get Involved



We strengthen communities by improving education, income, and health. Our goals are ambitious yet attainable – but only with your support. Your contribution will support building better lives and stronger communities.



In the midst of these tough economic times, consider ways in which you can keep United Way competitive and help it to prosper. This year, over 36,000 local people will receive help from United Way. You can join us and give back.
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Each of us has special talents. Things we can do to help our community, and through that, ourselves. Put your talents to work for your community. There are plenty of opportunities where someone with your abilities can help.

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Our Partners

Our Corporate and Media partners are local companies that have chosen to direct their gifts to assist with operating expenses.

Corporate Partners

Alpha Natural Resources
Food City
Universal Fibers

Media Partners

WCYB News 5
FOX Tri-Cities WEMT
93.9 FM94!
KZ101 Radio
Bristol Herald Courier

Community Partners

Appalachian Community Action
Appalachian Independence Center
American Red Cross – Mountain Empire
Backpacks Unite
Big Stone Gap District UMC
Bland County 4H
Bland Ministry Center
Blue Ridge Mtn. Council Boy Scouts
Bread of Life Children’s Ministry
Bread of Life Food Pantry
Children’s Advocacy Center
Carroll County 4-H
Clinch River Health Services
Clinch Valley Community Action
Commonwealth Catholic Charities
Dickenson County DSS
Dicksenson County DREAM Team
Dungannon Development Commission
Ecumenical Faith in Action
Family Crisis Support Services
Family Resource Center
Friends in Need Heath Center
Goodwill Industries
Grayson County 4-H
The Health Wagon
His Ministries
Highlands Educational Literacy Program
Helping Overcome Poverty’s Existance
Hope House of Scott County
Imagination Library Russell Co.
Imagination Library Washington Co.
Lions Eye Clinic
Loaves and Fishes
Lonesome Pine Office on Youth
Mel Leamon Free Clinic
Mountain CAP
Mountain Empire American Red Cross
Mountain Empire Older Citizens
Mountain Region Speech and Hearing
Occupational Enterprises, Inc.
Project Crossroads
Rooftop of Virginia
Scott County Fire Fighters Assoc.
Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts
Smart Beginnings
Smyth 4-H
Smyth County Special Games
SWVA Legal Aid
Virginia Highlands Comm. College
Washington County 4H
Wise County Food Bank
Dept. of Social Services Regional Disaster Fund