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

United Way of Southwest Virginia investing in the region’s workforce of tomorrow

September 30th, 2019|

The 2019 Careers Expo for Youth took place on September 24 and 25 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. During the two-day event, 4,720 seventh-grade students across Southwest Virginia navigated through four zones filled with hands-on career activities, all led by over 60 industry professionals from the region.

High school students present internship experience at United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Leaders’ Breakfast

September 30th, 2019|

Students from the inaugural group of Ignite interns spoke during United Way of Southwest Virginia's Operation Tomorrow's Workforce Leaders' Breakfast about their experiences over their four-week Ignite 2019 Summer Internships.

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.

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