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Press Releases

Making sure SWVA’s next chapter is a good one

United Way of Southwest Virginia held “Abracadabra: The Magic of Reading Revealed” last week, where they revealed their participation in the Campaign for Grade Level Reading in a big way: by announcing their acquisition of 50,000 brand new, high-quality books donated by The Soho Center, a 46-year-old nonprofit in Virginia.

May 3rd, 2018|

Nationally-acclaimed magician Justin Flom to appear in SWVA

Nationally-acclaimed magician and online video sensation Justin Flom has appeared on Ellen, network late-night shows, The Today Show, and will soon appear in Southwest Virginia. On April 28, if you’re anywhere close to Washington County, Virginia, you might hear phrases similar to, “Did he seriously just do that?” or “How in the world did that even happen?” Magician Justin Flom is scheduled to perform to benefit United Way of Southwest Virginia at “Abracadabra: The Magic of Reading Revealed” on April 28, 2018 at Emory & Henry McGlothlin Center for the Arts.

March 22nd, 2018|

Community members honored for impact on region

During the 2018 Impact Awards on March 15, 2018, United Way recognized companies, community groups, and individuals who were a part of the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia. The event was sponsored by Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union.

March 16th, 2018|

United Way of Southwest Virginia launches “Brushing is Fun” campaign

According to the Virginia Department of Health, Southwest Virginia has the highest number of children with untreated tooth decay in the state. According to the CDC, something simple can be done to improve those statistics: brushing. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes, twice a day, but two minutes can seem like a long time. United Way of Southwest Virginia knows that forming good teeth-brushing habits at an early age can save children from oral health issues later in life, so they’ve developed a tool they say might help parents and their children have some fun establishing the two-minute, twice-a-day habit: a music video.

February 23rd, 2018|

United Way of SWVA to empower region’s families to get on stable financial ground

United Way of Southwest Virginia announced Thursday they plan to invest and leverage over $2.25 million dollars over the next five years in a new initiative that will provide bundled financial services across the region. The organization, which covers approximately fifteen percent of the state of Virginia, announced the new Financial Empowerment Network at a press conference on Thursday, November 30.

December 5th, 2017|

United Way of SWVA receives Governor’s Award in education

United Way of Southwest Virginia is one of the inaugural recipients of the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education. This new initiative by the governor recognizes outstanding educators and leaders, schools, divisions, and community partners across five categories: closing the achievement gap, community partnerships and collaboration, innovation in education, preparing students for the new Virginia economy; and supporting school readiness. Out of more than 120 nominations, United Way of Southwest Virginia was selected for recognition and honored at the Executive Mansion on October 26, 2017.

November 7th, 2017|
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Briana Fillers
Marketing & Communications Manager

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


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. For more information about United Way of Southwest Virginia, visit