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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 15% of the state of Virginia, United Way of Southwest Virginia programs and initiatives serve the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, and Norton.

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Media Contact

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.

Press Releases

CEO appointed to VA Board of Workforce Development

July 30th, 2018|

Travis Staton, president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia, was appointed to the Virginia Board of Workforce Development.

SWVA joins nationwide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

July 26th, 2018|

Southwest Virginia is taking a big step toward improving student success by joining the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign), a collaborative effort to improve reading proficiency, early learning, and early school success for children from low-income families.

Making sure SWVA’s next chapter is a good one

May 3rd, 2018|

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.

Nationally-acclaimed magician Justin Flom to appear in SWVA

March 22nd, 2018|

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.

Community members honored for impact on region

March 16th, 2018|

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.

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

February 23rd, 2018|

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.