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 17% 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

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

Ballad Health and United Way partner with local schools to help children strengthen reading skills

February 12th, 2019|

The collaboration with Ballad Health will join a variety of United Way regional efforts already in place improve reading.

United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Ignite program shows results and looks to the future

September 27th, 2018|

United Way of Southwest Virginia has been creating major community collaborations to address the gap between the worlds of learning and work. At an event on September 26 called Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce: The Leaders Breakfast, Travis Staton, president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia recapped successes and announced additions to the Ignite Program.

United Way of Southwest Virginia establishes childhood success advisory council

September 13th, 2018|

United Way of Southwest Virginia held the first meeting of the Childhood Success Advisory Council on Wednesday, September 12. The newly-formed Childhood Success Advisory Council is comprised of almost 30 members who represent a cross-section of business, industry, nonprofit, government, and academic professionals.

Pulaski County United Way and United Way of Southwest Virginia complete merger

September 10th, 2018|

Pulaski County United Way along with United Way of Southwest Virginia announced today that they have combined forces as one organization committed to improving lives and creating lasting community-level change across the region.

First Lady Pamela Northam kicks off back to school tour in Southwest Virginia

August 29th, 2018|

On August 21 and 22, 2018, United Way of Southwest Virginia hosted Virginia First Lady, Pamela Northam for the southwestern portion of her listening tour.

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.