A DIFFERENT UNITED WAY
For more than 50 years, United Way has been in Southwest Virginia. Needs have changed in our region during this time, and United Way has responded to these changes, shifting focus from treating symptoms to addressing root causes – moving from being recognized as a fund raiser and distributor to an organization focused on a community impact model to improve the region’s health, education, and financial stability.
United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Through an initiative-based cradle-to-career approach, United Way of Southwest Virginia is creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce. United Way convenes cross-sector partners to make an impact on the most complex problems in our region. Through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals, United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change. With a footprint that covers almost 15% of the state of Virginia, United Way of Southwest Virginia serves Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise, and the cities of Galax and Norton.
WHAT WE DO
We are more than the fundraisers. We are the hand-raisers. The game-changers.
- We create local, innovative solutions that tackle the toughest problems in the areas of health, education and financial stability.
- We offer local expertise and a global footprint.
- We provide leadership, influence and a trusted brand.
- We are one network of individuals and organizations in nearly 1,800 communities, working together to inspire and transform.
HOW WE DO IT
Together, we constantly monitor the problems facing our community and find solutions to our most pressing needs.
We involve experts, leaders, practitioners, neighborhoods, community members, governments, and systems. We work across partisan and income divides, leading community conversations and bringing people from all walks of life into the solution conversation.
Whether we’re leading a coalition, developing an initiative, driving agencies to common outcomes, or creating collective impact, United Way is a driving force – in communities and for communities.
There is more work to do in Southwest Virginia, but we can’t do it on our own. We need you.
Change doesn’t happen alone. Hope isn’t a one-man band. We have one life. To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.
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