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

American Electric Power Foundation Donates to the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia COVID-19 Relief Fund

March 26th, 2020|

The American Electric Power Foundation has donated a total of $288,000 to agencies providing COVID-19 relief efforts across Appalachian Power’s three-state service area of Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.

United Way of Southwest Virginia Earns GuideStar’s Highest Seal of Transparency and Charity Navigator’s 4-Star Ranking

October 31st, 2019|

By sharing results that highlight progress United Way of Southwest Virginia is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation, earning the highest level of recognition from GuideStar and a 4-Star Ranking from Charity Navigator.

Wize Solutions and United Way of Southwest Virginia Working Together to Alleviate Hunger in Washington County through Backpacks Unite

October 25th, 2019|

Wize Solutions, an IT services provider that creates sustainable employment opportunities in rural Virginia communities, and United Way of Southwest Virginia have partnered to provide food for children in Washington County as part of United Way’s Backpacks Unite program.

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United Way of Southwest Virginia and Mitsubishi Chemical Advance Materials Connect Local Teachers to Local Manufacturing

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Read about local teachers touring Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials during an Educator in Industry Tour featured in the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. E-Newsletter.

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