New Model United Way Begins Serving Wythe County in July
Wytheville, Virginia (July 13, 2020) – United Way of Southwest Virginia will expand its service area to include all of Wythe County starting July 1, providing Wythe County with new model United Way initiatives by the organization recently named one of the top 10 United Way organizations in America.
Mary Begley, Manager of External Affairs for Appalachian Power and Board Chair of United Way of Southwest Virginia, stated, “We are excited to unify the region as a whole and embrace all surrounding communities. With a footprint that covers nearly 20% of the state of Virginia, we will continue to advocate for the health, education, and financial stability for every person in Southwest Virginia.”
Dr. Scott Jefferies, Superintendent of Wythe County Public Schools, has joined the Board of Directors of United Way of Southwest Virginia. Dr. Jefferies said, “I am proud to represent Wythe County in my new volunteer role and help bring many more programs and initiatives from the new model United Way to Wythe County in the coming months.”
United Way of Southwest Virginia has a track record of successfully leveraging resources from federal, state, and local grantors including Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Appalachian Regional Commission and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in order to amplify United Way of Southwest Virginia’s mission.
United Way of Southwest Virginia has provided programs and initiatives in Childhood Success and Youth Success to Wythe County for several years supported by grant funds. Included in this is Ignite, which offers career exploration and planning, hands-on learning, and youth internship experiences. In addition, Childhood Success programs have included Virginia Quality, which provides early childcare professionals with training and assistance, and Al’s Pals, a comprehensive teacher training program that develops social-emotional skills, self-control, problem-solving abilities, and healthy decision-making in children ages 3-8 years old. Earlier this month, United Way of Southwest Virginia provided funding to Wythe County Department of Social Services to support families in Wythe County affected by the pandemic.
United Way of Southwest Virginia will begin working with Wythe communities to secure resources to leverage large grant opportunities that will serve Wythe and the entire Southwest Virginia region. Travis Staton, President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia, stated, “By combining resources, we will continue to scale important programs across the region as well as attract resources from those interested in wider geographic programs that serve more people and influence greater social change. Ultimately, this allows us to address the needs and create sustainable solutions for all our communities in Southwest Virginia.”
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
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.