Delta Dental Donates to the Southwest Virginia COVID-19 Relief Fund

(Abingdon, VA) April 8, 2020 – United Way of Southwest Virginia is the recipient of a $25,000 Delta Dental of Virginia grant for the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The grant will be used to support citizens and communities in Southwest Virginia most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frank Lucia, President and CEO of Delta Dental stated, “The United Way is at its best when things seem to be at their worst. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, they’re continuing to serve the vulnerable and those in greatest need of a smile. Delta Dental of Virginia is pleased to do our part to support the work of United Way in connecting the region to the right resources at the right moment.”

Delta Dental of Virginia is a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the nation’s largest dental benefits carrier providing coverage to more than 78 million people in more than 146,000 groups across the nation.

United Way of Southwest Virginia’s COVID-19 relief efforts will focus response efforts on vulnerable populations, including children, families, and the ALICE population in Southwest Virginia.  ALICE, an acronym coined by United Way that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed represents men, women, and families who work hard and earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living.

Travis Staton, President and CEO of United Way of United Way of Southwest Virginia stated, “The last few weeks have been an adjustment for everyone in the world, and we can’t thank those who have recently stepped up to help the citizens of our communities enough. The COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to affect the citizens in Southwest Virginia both economically and financially, but together will continue to overcome these adversities and challenges.”

“We are so appreciative for the kind generosity that Delta Dental has extended to the citizens of Southwest Virginia,” said Staton. “We are grateful to receive this grant in order to continue to serve our region’s most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.”