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About Us

United Way understands that you really want to make a difference right here in our region. We want to help you do that. Our experience tells us that the best way to help the most people is to focus on the underlying causes of the most serious problems.

Here in our community, we’re focused on critical issues like healthcare, education for adults and children, and the rising number of working people living on the edge of poverty. It takes the whole community working together to reach our goals in these areas. So we bring together people from all across the community-people from government, business, faith groups, nonprofits, and ordinary citizens. If it requires fundraising or just getting people to work together, that’s what we do.

Your United Way contribution goes to work bringing lasting change right here in our community because that’s what matters.

Our Work

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living united means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

  • Education

    Education

    Early childhood learning is key to creating long-term success and stability. United Way focuses on preparing children to enter school ready to learn and graduate, prepared for careers.

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  • Income

    Income

    Did you know that nearly half of low income working families in Southwest Virginia have less than $300 in their savings and checking account?

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  • Health

    Health

    Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. United Way is working to reduce the number of SWVA children who are obese by helping us all become more aware.

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  • Basic Needs

    Basic Needs

    Crisis, hunger and homelessness can happen to anyone at any time. United Way connects people in need with local resources and assistance – when they need them.

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Give

GIVE

We strengthen communities by improving education, income, and health. Our goals are ambitious yet attainable – but only with your support. Your contribution will support building better lives and stronger communities.

Advocate

ADVOCATE

In the midst of these tough economic times, consider ways in which you can keep United Way competitive and help it to prosper. This year, over 36,000 local people will receive help from United Way. You can join us and give back.
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Volunteer

VOLUNTEER

Each of us has special talents. Things we can do to help our community, and through that, ourselves. Put your talents to work for your community. There are plenty of opportunities where someone with your abilities can help.

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Our Partners

Our Corporate and Media partners are local companies that have chosen to direct their gifts to assist with operating expenses.

Corporate Partners

  • Alpha Natural Resources
  • Food City
  • Universal Fibers

Media Partners

  • WCYB News 5
  • FOX Tri-Cities WEMT
  • 103.5 Thunder Country
  • 102.5 WOLDe

Community Partners

American Red Cross (Mtn. Empire Chapter)
American Red Cross (Woods River Chapter)
Appalachian Independence Center
Boy Scouts of America – Blue Ridge Mtn. Council
Boy Scouts of America- Sequoyah Council
Bread of Life Food Pantry
Carroll County 4-H
Children’s Advocacy Center
District Three Governmental Cooperative
Ecumenical Faith in Action
Family Resource Center (Bristol, VA)
Family Resource Center (Galax, VA)
Free Clinic of the Twin Counties
Friends of the Russell County Library
Fries Recreation Center
Grayson County 4-H
H.O.P.E. Ministry Center
Highlands Educational Literacy Program
Imagination Library of Wash Co. and Bristol
Lambsburg School Complex
Lions Eye Clinic
Loaves and Fishes
Mel Leaman Clinic
Mountain CAP
Patrick Henry High School
Project Crossroads
Rooftop of Virginia CAP
SCALE
Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia
Smart Beginnings Twin County
Smart Beginnings Virginia Highlands
Smyth County 4-H
Smyth County Assoc. for Retarded Citizens
Smyth County Special Games
SWVA Legal Aid Society
SWVA Medical Reserve Corps
Virginia Cooperative Extension (Southwest District)
Virginia Highlands Community College
Washington County 4-H