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Overview

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.

Our Cradle-to-Career Approach

Early Childhood

Children are cared for in quality environments, ready for kindergarten, and equipped with the skills and supports necessary for learning and success

Elementary

Children are fed, engaged in healthy lifestyles, and reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade

Middle School

Youth have goals, support, and a plan for the future, basic financial literacy, and knowledge about their health and well-being

High School

Youth gain hands-on career experience and complete high school with a plan to enter the workforce or pursue opportunities in post-secondary education or training

Beyond

Families are healthy, educated, and financially stable, and are contributing members of a workforce that invest in the community by giving, advocating, and volunteering

Our Service Area

With a footprint that covers nearly 20% of the state of Virginia, United Way of Southwest Virginia programs and initiatives serve the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton, and Radford.

Our Impact

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 fundraiser and distributor to an organization focused on a community impact model to improve the region’s health, education, and financial stability.

HEALTH

EDUCATION

FINANCIAL STABILITY

United Way of Southwest Virginia is fighting for the health of the region by promoting healthy eating, lowering the cost of prescription medications, building a more resilient community, and integrating health into early childhood development.

United Way of Southwest Virginia is fighting for the education of the region by making sure children and youth can start school ready to succeed, become proficient readers at a young age, stay on track in middle school, earn their high school diploma, and pursue a higher education or career.

United Way of Southwest Virginia is fighting for the financial stability of the region by empowering people to get on stable financial ground with proven methods like tax preparation assistance and community partnerships aimed at helping local families keep their hard-earned money. The result is a thriving community where everyone has more opportunity to succeed.

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.

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.

Our Corporate and Media Partners

These companies and organizations have made living united a top priority.

Our Accountability

For United Way, success means measurable improvements in the communities we serve. Setting high standards for ourselves and for our local partners is critical for that success. Click here to see the standards we adhere to.