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 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.

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Media Contact

Leann Vernon
Director of Accountability and Strategic Impact

United Way of Southwest Virginia staff members are proud to offer perspectives and expertise in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. Our press contact will make sure to get you in touch with the appropriate individual for your news story or publication.

Press Releases

Workforce development key issue for Southwest Virginia’s future economic growth

August 6th, 2019|

Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin visits Southwest Virginia to learn more about educational and workforce development opportunities that can help benefit the regional economy. Barkin and others from the Richmond Fed met with leaders from Southwest Virginia to discuss United Way of Southwest Virginia’s signature youth workforce development initiative, Ignite.

United We Win: Collaborating for Change

July 16th, 2019|

Members of the United Way of Southwest Virginia Team provided an overview of strategies to community business partners at the United We Win: Collaborating for Change Breakfast hosted at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, Virginia.

Scott County Early Head Start receives highest level accreditation in Virginia Quality

June 3rd, 2019|

Scott County Head Start, Weber City Early Head Start, announced they have achieved a Level 5 accreditation, the highest level a center can receive, in Virginia Quality.

Rural leaders from across commonwealth come together to strengthen early childhood system

May 24th, 2019|

United Way of Southwest Virginia hosted the statewide Rural Summit for Childhood Success in Abingdon to address the impact the addiction epidemic is having on rural areas in Virginia.

United Way of Southwest Virginia to lead region in forming Trauma-Informed Community Network

May 24th, 2019|

United Way of Southwest Virginia is stepping up to backbone a a Trauma-Informed Community Network across the organization’s service area from the New River Valley to the Twin County region and into far Southwest Virginia.