United Way of Southwest Virginia 2018 Annual Report

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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.














Corporate and Media Partners


Leadership Donors


10 Most Generous Workplaces (Employee Giving)


Childhood Success Council and Work Group Members


Partner Schools


Youth Success Employee Partners


Youth Success Advisory Council Members


Backpacks Unite Partners


Impact Award Recipients


Volunteer of the Year


2019 Board of Directors


HEALTH EDUCATION FINANCIAL STABILITY UNITED WE FIGHT. UNITED WE WIN. United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. WE WIN BY LIVING UNITED. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crises.

LETTER FROM THE CEO Thanks to you, United Way of Southwest Virginia has shifted from symptom treatment to addressing root causes, and our accomplishments in 2018 were fully focused around these efforts. As we have evolved into the new model United Way, we have built capacity to carry out the important yet difficult work to improve the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community in Southwest Virginia. Children in Southwest Virginia deserve a successful start in life. Our Childhood Success team supports the first building block in United Way of Southwest Virginia’s cradle-to-career

There is so much to celebrate from 2018, and our success flows from your support. Travis Staton President and CEO

approach to build tomorrow’s workforce. The team works with more than 130 child care centers and family day homes to ensure children are cared for in quality environments, ready for kindergarten, and reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Success in these outcomes leads to a greater chance that a child will graduate from high school, continue to postsecondary completion, and to a job. The next building block in the talent pipeline is Youth Success. Based on local employer feedback, youth in Southwest Virginia are disconnected from the workforce, which is supported by data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which showed in 2015, that more than 3,000 of Southwest Virginia’s youth between the ages of 16 and 19 weren’t in school or working. Ignite is our signature program conceptualized, developed and implemented to spark career interest in the next generation of Southwest Virginia’s workforce. In 2018, United Way of Southwest Virginia invested in the lives of almost 30,000 middle school and high school students, enabling them to realize their potential and be ready to enter and advance in the region’s workforce. In 2018 we supported community action programs to increase the number of volunteers serving the VITA program. VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and provides professional tax preparation to low income residents. Nearly 3,000 families in Southwest Virginia saw a combined $586,000 in savings that would have otherwise been spent on tax preparation services. This money was able to stay in the pockets of our good, hard working people who get up and go to work every day in order to sustain their families. In 2018 we welcomed Pulaski County into the United Way of Southwest Virginia family, which increases our capacity and our platform for advocacy. We are energized by the local leadership in Pulaski County, and together, we hit the ground running to provide the Ignite program there to complement the strong efforts of the school system and local chamber of commerce. There is so much to celebrate from 2018, and our success flows from your support. Thank you again for working alongside of us to create a better Southwest Virginia for the workforce of tomorrow.

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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. For more information about United Way of Southwest Virginia, visit www.UnitedWaySWVA.org.



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Additional areas in which United Way of Southwest Virginia programs and initiatives are offered

I love being known as the Backpacks Lady. I am proud of Food City, our volunteer food packers, and our teachers. We are United to help children in our community have meals over the weekend.” — C ATHY BOLLING Women of Distinction Award Winner

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We support United Way of Southwest Virginia because this organization focuses on programs that give our region’s children and youth the tools to change the trajectory of their own lives as well as their families’ lives for generations to come.” —M IKE AND SUSAN BROWN Leadership Giving Society Members


CHILDHOOD SUCCESS Our Childhood Success team supports the first building block in our cradle-to-career


approach to build tomorrow’s workforce. The team works to ensure children are cared for in quality environments, ready for kindergarten, and reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.



Al’s Pals develops social-emotional skills, selfcontrol, problem-solving abilities, and healthy decision-making in children ages 3-8 years old. Al’s Pal’s is funded through the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Backpacks Unite

Smart Beginnings

Smart Beginnings brings together community partners dedicated to creating a quality early childhood system of care that improves the access to, the quality of, and the coordination of services for young children and their families. Smart Beginnings is funded through the VECF.


Backpacks Unite provides nutritious weekend meals during each school year to elementary and middle school-aged students throughout Southwest Virginia ensuring that students come to school Monday ready to learn and ready to succeed. Campaign for Grade-Level Reading The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort to ensure that many more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. Childcare Start-up Assistance Project The Childcare Start-up Assistance Project assists individuals as they start their own family day home or small child care center in counties that have little or no existing licensed care. This project is funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (VA ITSN)

VA ITSN delivers on-site consultations, trainings, mentoring, feedback, and support to program providers that care for children birth-36 months, and helps providers make connections to existing community resources and is funded by Child Development Resources. Virginia Quality Virginia Quality sets standards for improvement at child care centers, preschools and family child care homes across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia Quality is part of a grant initiative funded through the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Mixed Delivery Preschool Project Mixed Delivery provides private licensed childcare centers with support and resources not typically found in private childcare to strengthen the quality of care for four-year-olds. The project is funded through the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). unitedwayswva.org 7

CHILDHOOD SUCCESS HIGHLIGHT: CAMPAIGN FOR GRADE-LEVEL READING In July of 2018, United Way of Southwest Virginia joined the nationwide initiative Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, strengthening our commitment to helping the region’s youngest children become proficient readers. According to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. The Campaign addresses three underlying challenges that can keep young children, especially those from low-income families, from learning to read successfully: school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning. As a part of the Campaign and in partnership with The Soho Center, a 46-year-old nonprofit in Virginia, United Way distributed 50,718 brand new, high-quality books valued at $679,176.04. This is the largest in-kind donation UWSWVA has ever received. United Way of Southwest Virginia distributed the books with the help of over 24 community partners.

We had incredibly generous support from two employers who stepped in to help us out: Universal Fibers and Berry Home Centers. Without their help picking up and transporting the books, and storing them until they could be distributed across the region, this project would not have happened. The collaboration placed books in the hands of the region’s youngest citizens, specifically over the summer so they did not lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Anthony Akers, Pulaski County Assistant Administrator, told us, “Thank you…for your hard work and dedication at making sure our community youth receive these books this summer. We will make sure our kids have access to these books during our summer reading programs….The generous donation of these books will prove to dramatically enhance our summer reading program. Thank you so much!”

served by 130 participating Virginia Quality providers

50,718 Books

distributed through partnership with The Soho Center


924 children

FREE MEALS PROVIDED to children through Backpacks Unite partnerships in 38 schools

enrolled in Al’s Pals in 32 different early childhood classrooms completed an average of 15 lessons each

33 educators

12 childcare providers received a total of

received materials, training, and coaching to obtain a child development associate credential or early childhood education certificate

462.5 hours of coaching from the Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Work Group

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5,828 children

The future competitiveness of our local and national economy depends upon ensuring that the workforce of tomorrow is equipped with the knowledge necessary to compete in a globalized economy.”

—S AM CASSELL Plant Manager, Utility Trailer - Glade Spring

CHILDHOOD SUCCESS YOUTH SUCCESS Based on local employer feedback, youth in Southwest Virginia are disconnected


from the workforce. Our Youth Success initiative, Ignite, is a part of United Way’s cradle-to-career continuum creating a talent pipeline that prepares the next generation for the jobs of tomorrow, supplies businesses with skilled workers, and builds a robust, competitive economy.



Educators in Industry

At the annual Careers Expo for Youth, more than 4,000 7th grade students move through four zones filled with hands-on learning activities highlighting different local careers. Students see first-hand what it’s like to participate in a chemistry experiment, climb a utility pole, practice CPR, or use a 3D printer – directly from industry professionals located in Southwest Virginia.

Middle school educators from Ignite partner schools engage with local employers through day-long professional development opportunities provided on site through industry tours and job skills discussions.

Speakers Bureau The Ignite Program Speakers Bureau introduces students to more than 30 local employers who provide Project Based Learning (PBL) in classrooms across the region. PBL introduces students to future work opportunities available in Southwest Virginia.

MajorClarity Ignite provides MajorClarity, a web-based selfawareness and career planning software, to more than 30,000 middle and high school students with engaging career awareness and assessment activities that allows students to explore 1,600+ career paths, and generate academic and career plans.

Reality Stores Financial education events are hosted in partnership with county 4-H extension offices that present more than 4,000 area 8th grade students with simulations that require lifestyle and budget decisions, offering a fun and effective way to learn about personal accounting, financial responsibility, and life choices.

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Careers Expo for Youth

YOUTH SUCCESS FEATURE: CAREERS EXPO FOR YOUTH In September of 2018 United Way of Southwest Virginia hosted the Careers Expo for Youth for 4,439 7th grade students. The Expo sparks career interest in the next generation of Southwest Virginia’s workforce through career awareness. The Expo bridges the gap between the worlds of learning and work by connecting schools and students with employers and employees At the Expo, employers have a unique opportunity to engage students through conversation and demonstration. Students participate in five-minute hands-on activities at employers’ stations. Our region’s employers have shown students what it’s like to be a chemical engineer, accountant, IT specialist, social worker, and more. For example, past employers at the Expo have let students climb a utility pole, try on SWAT gear, practice CPR and giving shots, participate in a chemistry experiment, and use a 3-D printer to create a 3-D object.

Sixty-five employers sent 345 employees who volunteered for a total of 4,830 hours during the two-day event. The total value of this volunteer time for the Expo was $129,202.50. The incredibly generous support from our employers, donors, and volunteers for the Expo demonstrates the support our region has for its students. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED! Students attend the Expo during 7th grade, just prior to taking their career assessments as required by the Virginia Department of Education. After this experience, they have a much better understanding of career options and interests, and a realistic picture of the path they should take to match their passion with skill.

SEE UWSWVA IN ACTION See highlights from UWSWVA’s Careers Expo for Youth: unitedwayswva.org/expo

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100 schools across 17 school systems participated in the Ignite Program

attended Reality Stores in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension

89 employers

52 educators

4,439 students

served by the Ignite program

participated in day-long Educators in Industry tours of local employers

partnered with the Ignite Program

attended Careers Expo for Youth

[The Expo] is something very fun to do, especially the hands-on part. It is very educational. I feel like I’m not even learning anything, but, you know, I actually am.” — D ANIELLE LEONARD Carroll County, Ignite Program Participant

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4,022 students

31,447+ students

YOUTH SUCCESS FINANCIAL STABILITY United Way of Southwest Virginia is fighting for the financial stability of the region. Residents are empowered to control their financial destiny and keep their hard-


earned money through community partnerships that provide residents with money management education and tax preparation assistance. The result is a thriving community where everyone has more opportunity to succeed.



ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is an acronym coined by United Way for men, women, and families who work hard, earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but still find themselves earning less than the basic cost of living. Our 2017 ALICE Report found that as many as 59% of households in some areas of Southwest Virginia cannot afford the basics costs of living.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partners with United Way of Southwest Virginia to link individuals and families who earn less than $56,000 a year with volunteers who prepare tax returns for free to help people in Southwest Virginia keep more of their hard-earned money.



FamilyWize improves the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through its partnerships with more than 100,000 community organizations to make prescription medication more affordable and more accessible for all. MyFreeTaxes United Way Worldwide and H&R Block have partnered since 2009 to promote MyFreeTaxes to help support the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. Families and individuals who earn $66,000 a year or less are able to file state and federal returns for free, which helps them maximize their tax refunds.

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 SEE UWSWVA IN ACTION Learn more about VITA visit unitedwayswva.org/taxtime

2,945 tax returns

prepared by VITA volunteers

57% increase

in number of FamilyWize beneficiaries

Returned to people in Southwest Virginia



average refund amount per VITA customer

through federal refund

207 returns filed in Southwest Virginia through MyFreeTaxes.com

We saved residents of Southwest Virginia

$512,508.80 on prescriptions through our FamilyWize partnership


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You’re not just doing taxes...you’re doing a financial stability checklist. You’re helping these families in more ways than you know.”


Land, buildings, and equipment $1,018,322


Pledges receivable $898,140

ASSETS TOTAL: $2,900,968


Cash $498,804



Investments $244,417


Other receivables and prepayments $241,285







Note Payable on Building $678,365




Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses $106,321


Donor designated allocations payable $47,674


Allocations $40,226






NET ASSETS TOTAL: $2,028,382


Without Donor Restrictions $1,893,715

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With Donor Restrictions $134,667


7.3% Special Events $212,678

2.3% Other Income $66,754

23.5% In-kind Contributions and Services $681,207

18.3% Corporate Gifts $531,028

28.9% 19.6%

Foundations and Grants $839,272

Individuals $568,493



1.5% Donor-specified Gifts Paid Out to Other Organizations $45,779

Youth Success $313,860

4.1% Financial Stability $124,645

12.4% Fundraising and Program Support Services $373,365

71.5% Childhood Success $2,146,928

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United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Ignite program, the only regional workforce development program in schools in that region, demonstrates the success of a true multi-jurisdictional project focused on long-term generational change for the workforce of tomorrow.” — JOHN O. “DUBBY” WYNNE GO Virginia State Board Chairman

GAME-CHANGERS Without your partnership and involvement, we could not do what we do. Our collective impact is a driving force for community change. Together we make a great team. CORPORATE PARTNERS


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LEADERSHIP DONORS We are grateful for every person who contributes to help us make a lasting impact on the most complex problems in our region. Leadership donors are recognized for their annual gift of $500 or greater to United Way of Southwest Virginia either through a workplace campaign or a direct gift in 2018.

Marc and Tammy Ammen

John and Betty Carrico

Jonathan Fox

Justin Kegley

Wayne and Jeannie Austin

Tom Casteel

Linda Fritsch

Lawrence Keith

Jerry Chrisley

Zachary Frye

Andrew Kestner

Matthew Church

Dewey Fulton

Jason Kestner

Garth Clark

James and Karen Gardner

Brad Ketron

Jayne Clark

Dan and Leigh Giei

Audrey Kirk

Randall Clark

Colby Gravely

John and Esther Lang

Denver Clevinger

Austin Greer

Jay Lavigne

Howard and Libby Bartholomay

Jennifer Clevinger

A.G. and Shirley Griffith

Don and Suzanne Lay

Glen and Tammy Baumgardner

William Compton

Robin Grossman

David and Melinda Leland

Joyce Cornette

Dustin Hall

Eric Leonard

Dan and Mary Begley

Deborah Corvin

Thomas B. Haller

John Lincoln

E.L. and J.W. Belcher

David Crabtree

Eric and Angela Harman

Michael Lockard

Wayne and Carole Bell

Dwight and Brenda Crane

Phillip Harmon

Donald Berlin

Mark Dalton

Josh Harper

Jonathan and Debby Loggans

Thomas and Kyra Bishop

Henry Dawson

J.C. Hitz

Jeoff and DeeDee Bodenhorst

Mary Del Vecchio

William Hobbs

Richard Dillon

Bob and Gay Breakfield

Robert Dorsey

Jon and Mary Anne Holbrook

Gary and Crystal Breeding

Rhonda Dotson

Kristin Bresowar

Robert Duff

Jimmy Brown

Andrew Dunavan

Mike and Susan Brown

Barbara Farmer

Mark S. Buckland

Terry Fortner

Don Campbell

Rachel Fowlkes

Robert Carlson

Tom and Donna Fowlkes

Alex Avery Aaron Baird Lisa Barker Walter Barrett Jr. Stephen Barrett

Jody Lusk Roy Martin Stuart Mascola

Tyler Holmes

Ann Mathews

Robert and Joan Horsch

Oliver and Vivian McBride

Richard Hosey Jr.

Susan McCowan

Michael Hoskins

Howard and Heidi McElroy

Gus and Darcy Janson Ben and Merry Jennings Jeffery Johnson Andrew Justus

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James Losse

Conrad and Marjorie McNeer David McNeil

Casey and Kendra McReynolds

Josh Osborne

Michael Sharpe

Dustin and Shauna Tilson

Danny and Crystal Peek

Ricky Shelton

Dale Vernon

Thomas Phillips, Jr.

Jonathan Shepherd

Leann Vernon

Matt Plante

Joseph Shepherd

Charlie Vipperman

Bill Plaster

Kevin Sigmon

Charles Wallace

Florence Powell

Gregory Smith

Allen Walsh

Loraine Price

Steve and Debbie Smith

Reelia Watson

French and Laura Moore

Zachary Price

Gregory Sparks

David Werth

Laura Mullins

William Purdy

Mark Spires

Elizabeth Whitman

Arnold Mutter

Jeff and Cindy Renfer

Travis and Ryiah Staton

Tyler and Martha Whitt

Robert Neeley

Nolan Rich

Megan Stewart

Lee Wilkey

Eddie and Jeni Neely

Keith and Kathryn Roark

Joseph Stilwell

Xavier Woodard

Donny Nelson

William Roseberry

Janet Woolwine

Timothy Nester

April Rosser

Wendy and George Strawbridge

Don and Etta Nicewonder

Dixie Rowe

Kevin and Kim Nicewonder

Carolyn Ryburn

Kimberly Nicewonder

Lucy Scott

James and Mary Nuckolls

Mark Seamon

Brendan and Connie McSheehy Donnie Meadows Mark Miller John and Sydney Montague

Jake and Jane Schrum

Aaron Sexton

Rick and Donna Nunley

Brenda Street John Stringer Richard and Brenda Sutherland

Kevin and Kristy Worley Steven Worley Bruce and Uva Wright Roman Zehner

Betsy Talbert James Thomas Mike Thomas

Leadership donors whose employers do not share names with United Way of Southwest Virginia who wish to be recognized in future donor acknowledgments can send an email to mholbrook@unitedwayswva.org.


Old Dominion Power Company

Ballad Health

United Way of Southwest Virginia

Food City

Universal Fibers

Komatsu Mining

Utility Trailer

Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Vanguard Furniture

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Dr. Karen Shelton

Kimberly Ayers

Patsy Brimelow

Amanda Bailey

Dr. Kristie Legg

Kristin Shumate

Patti Cettin

Amanda Funk

Dr. Lynn Metcalfe

Kristina Welch

Pattie Morrell-Lamie

Amanda Mitchell

Dr. Sue Cantrell

Laura Radford

Patty Warren

Amber Boggs

Elaine Rock

Leesa Gayheart

Rebecca Crockett

Amy Bond

Elizabeth Boyd

Leslie Gillenwater

Regan Johnson

Amy Compton

Elizabeth Stringer

Libby Boyd

Rhonda Bennett

Angela Leighton

Emily Boyles

Linda Gambrel

Rita Street

Angela Peters

Ericka Hall

Linda Midgett

Robin Boyd

Anita Libby

Gina Wohlford

Lisa Topshee

Ruth Taylor

Anne Coates

Ginger Richmond

Lisa Tyson

Sarah Dye

Asia Malone

Hannah Brockman

Lisa Willis

Sarah Seeley-Dick

Beth Cochran

Jackie Smith

Lori Crisp

Shannon Moles

Beth Dixon

Jackie Wilson

Lydia Landis

Sharon Foglesong

Betty Russell

Janet Owen

Marcia Hicklin

Sherry Fletcher

Breanne Forbes Hubbard

Jennifer Henson

Marcus Adkins

Sherry Trinkle

Brenda Sutherland

Jennifer Hurt

Marcy Olinger

Stephanie Strouth

Brenda Vernon

Jennifer Johnson

Marian Berryman

Susan Bullion

Brenna Robinson

Jennifer McNeill

Marilda Perry

Susan Hill

Brian Hall

Jennifer Quigg

Mary Ann Hall

Susan Humphrey

Cameron Burton

Jenny Yancey

Mary Beth Masters

Susan Keene

Carissa South

Jessica Arney

Mary Lou Hutton

Susan Rash

Carol Breeding

Jessica Crockett

Mary Thomas

Susie Funk

Catherine Brillhart

Jessica Maiden

Melissa Peddy

Tamara Kirby

Chris Austin

Jessica Meadows

Melissa Smith

Tammy Smith

Danielle Blevins

Julie Liddle

Mike Robinson

Tammy Utt

Danielle Booher

Julie Short

Mindy Rutherford

Teresa Hodges

Danielle Dye

Karen Ross

Misty Lee

Terri Gregory

David Millsap

Karen Taylor

Mitzi Bitler

Tom Casteel

Debbie Anderson

Kathy Johnson

Molly Schock

Tricia VanHoy

Debbie Liddle

Kathy Wilcox

Nancy Bailey

Trista Sutphin

Deborah Rutherford

Kelly Bledsoe

Nicole Brewer

Veronica Saint

Deja Melott

Kelly Clyburn

Nicole Yarber

Vicki Myers

Dina Clower

Kelly Read

Nikki Robbins

William Boone

Dolores Yow

Kelly Wingate

Pam Smith

Yahaira Scoggins

Donna Buckland

Kent Berryman

Pamela Irvine

Donna Meade

Kim Hill

Pat McGlothlin

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PARTNER SCHOOLS Abingdon High (9-12)

Grundy High (9-12)

Ridgeview High School (9-12)

Belle Heth Elementary (3-6)

Hilton Elementary (KG-6)

Ridgeview Middle School (6-8)

Bland County Elementary (PK-6)

Holston High (9-12)

Riverview Elem/Middle (PK-8)

Bland County High School (7-12)

Honaker Elementary (PK-7)

Rural Retreat High (9-12)

Carroll County High (9-12)

Honaker High (8-12)

Rural Retreat Middle (6-8)

Carroll County Middle (6-8)

Hurley Elem/Middle (PK-7)

Russell County Career & Tech

Castlewood Elementary (1-7)

Hurley High (8-12)

Rye Cove High (8-12)

Castlewood High (8-12)

Independence Middle (6-8)

Rye Cove Intermediate (5-7)

Central High (9-12)

JI Burton High School (8-12)

Scott Memorial Middle (6-8)

Chilhowie High (9-12)

John N Dalton Intermediate (7-8)

Shoemaker Elementary (KG-6)

Chilhowie Middle (6-8)

John S Battle High (9-12)

Smyth Career & Technology Center

Coeburn Middle (5-8)

Jonesville Middle (5-7)

St Paul Elementary (PK-8)

Council Elem/Middle (PK-7)

JW Adams Combined (PK-8)

St Paul School (PK-7)

Council High (8-12)

Lebanon High (8-12)

Swords Creek Elem (3-7)

Damascus Middle (6-8)

Lebanon Middle (5-7)

Dublin Middle (6-8)

Lee County Vocational School

Tazewell County Career and Technical Center

Dungannon Intermediate (4-7)

Lee High (8-12)

Eastern Elem/Middle (PK-7)

LF Addington Middle (5-8)

Eastside High (9-12)

Macy McClaugherty Elem/Middle (PK-7)

EB Stanley Middle (6-8) Elydale Elem (5-7) Fort Chiswell High (9-12) Fort Chiswell Middle (6-8) Fries School (PK-7) Galax High (8-12) Galax Middle (5-7) Gate City High (10-12) Gate City Middle (7-9) George Wythe High (9-12) Giles High (8-12) Glade Spring Middle (6-8) Graham High School (9-12) Graham Middle (6-8) Grayson County High (9-12) Grayson Highlands School (PK-7)

Tazewell High (9-12) Tazewell Middle (6-8) Thomas Walker High (8-12) Twin Springs High (8-12)

Marion Middle (6-8)

Twin Valley Elem/Middle (PK-7)

Marion Senior High (9-12)

Twin Valley High (8-12)

Narrows Elem/Middle (PK-7)

Union High (9-12)

Narrows High (8-12)

Union Middle School (5-8)

Nickelsville Elementary (KG-7)

Virginia High School (9-12)

Northwood High (9-12)

Virginia Middle School (6-8)

Northwood Middle (6-8)

Wallace Middle (6-8)

Norton Elementary (PK-7)

Washington County Career & Technical Education Center

Patrick Henry High (9-12) Pennington Middle (5-7) Pulaski High School (9-12) Pulaski Middle (6-8) Radford High School (9-12)

Weber City Elementary (KG-6) Wise County Career Technical Center Yuma Elementary (KG-6)

Richlands High (9-12) Richlands Middle (6-8)

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Universal Fibers, Inc.

Woodgrain Millwork

Abingdon Health & Rehab

Lee County Schools

Worldwide Equipment

American Advertising Federation

LG&E/Kentucky Utilities/ Old Dominion

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable

AMR Pemco

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Inc.

Appalachian Drafting Appalachian Power Ballad Health Bank of Marion Barter Theatre

Mohawk Industries Mountain Empire Community College New Peoples Bank

Berry Home Center

New River Community College

Blood Assurance

NHC Bristol

Bluefield College

Norton City Schools

Bristol Virginia Public Schools

Occupational Enterprises Inc.

Buchanan County Public Schools


UPS Utility Trailer - Atkins Utility Trailer - Glade UVA Wise VCA Highlands Animal Hospital Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Virginia Department of Transportation Virginia Highlands Community College

Powell Valley Bank

Virginia Highlands Small Business Development Center


Pulaski County Public Schools


Virginia Oil and Gas Association

Radford City Schools

Crutchfield Corporation

Virginia Produce Co., Inc.

Radford Health and Rehab

Virginia Quality


Dickenson County Public Schools

Ridge and Valley Farms

Emory & Henry College

Rooftop of Virginia

Farm Credit

Scholle IPN

Farris Service Group

Skyway Outdoors, Inc.

Food City

Southwest Virginia Advanced Manufacturing - Center of Excellence

General Dynamics General Engineering Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Highlands Community Service Highlands Union Bank Holston River Soil & Water Conservation Kirk’s Blessings, LLC

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Southwest Virginia Community College Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center - Robotics Sykes

Virginia State Police Virginia Tourism Corporation Volvo Trucks New River Valley Plant Washington County Public Schools Washington County Sheriff’s Department WCYB Wells Fargo West River Conveyors and Machinery Company

Tadano Mantis

William King Museum of Art

Tempur Production

Wize Solutions, LLC

Town of Haysi

Wolf Hills Fabricators

Wythe County Public Schools Wytheville Child Development Center Wytheville Community College ZF-TRW

YOUTH SUCCESS ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS Barry Yost – Washington County Virginia Public Schools Vickie Ratliff – Mountain Empire Community College

Caroline Lane – Virginia Community College System Joe Belsterling – Major Clarity

Traci Cordle – New Peoples Bank

Scott Jefferies – Region VII Superintendents Association

Jerry Sheets – Utility Trailer - Atkins

Sandy Ratliff – Virginia Community Capital

Tim Lawson – General Engineering

Megan Atkinson – Pulaski County Virginia Public Schools

Rick Nunley – Universal Fibers


Highlands Fellowship - Bluefield

Pleasant View UMC

Abingdon Rotary/Johnston Memorial Hospital

Highlands Fellowship Marion Campus

Russell County Rotary

Abundant Life Christian Center

Johnston Memorial Hospital

Camp Zion Church/Twin Co. Hospital/Bible Baptist Church

Kingsway Baptist Church

Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital Dickenson Co. Behavioral Services Dungannon Methodist Church Friendship Baptist Church

Main Street UMC Mt. Olivet UMC New Peoples Bank

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Universal Fiber Systems UPS Richlands Washington Chapel UMC Wise Primary Lunchbox 276

Oakland UMC Oliver Coal Sales Inc.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church working on Backpacks Unite

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IMPACT AWARD RECIPIENTS Top Giver Universal Fibers Systems

Spirit of the Community Award UPS

Growth and Innovation Award Contura Energy

Community Partner of the Year Ballad Health

Celebrity Bagging Pre-Event Fundraising Award Town of Chilhowie

Women of Distinction Award Cathy Bolling

2018 Special Recognition Dr. Thomas Haller, Founder Pulaski County United Way

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: RACHEL HAINES Thank you for such an incredible year. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work at United Way of Southwest Virginia. Because of my time with you all, Southwest Virginia feels just as much, if not more, like home to me than Fort Wayne, Indiana. The amount of dedication that goes into the events and programs you all put forth, how much thought goes into how you communicate as an organization, and how much time you all put into your projects and one another is truly outstanding. After my term with AmeriCorps VISTA, I will start working on my Master of Divinity at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Although I am looking forward to this pursuit, I am sad to see my term come to an end. My time here has reminded me of a few themes that ring true when it comes to building community: take the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing, collaboration and recognition coexist well when achieving goals, and those who lead set the tone for success. You all have been an unbelievably great group to learn from and spend time with. Thank you for all of this and for making me a part of your team.

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work at United Way of Southwest Virginia.”

— R ACHEL HAINES, Americorps Vista Team Member

CLOCKWISE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Dr. Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Development Officer, Commonwealth of Virginia; Travis Staton and Rachel Haines; Travis Staton and Dr. Thomas Haller; Steve Smith Speaks at the Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce Breakfast.

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2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Committee Mary Begley Chair of the Board

Brendan McSheehy 2nd Vice Chair

Paul Cox Vice Treasurer

Manager, External Affairs AEP

VP of Innovation, Sustainability & Intellectual Property, Universal Fibers

Vice President of Finance, Food City

Dr. Mike Robinson Vice Chair

Alan Jones, Jr. Treasurer

Barbara Farmer Secretary

Director A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School

VP—Accounting Mission Coal Company

Associate Pastor Pleasant View United Methodist Church

Board Members Todd Asbury President and CEO New Peoples Bank

Henry Hartsock Team Manager Eastman Chemical Company

Cameron Bell Attorney PennStuart

Thomas Holsinger General Manager Lowes

Tommy Casteel Regional Director Virginia Department of Social Services

Dan Minahan Director, SWVA Operations Crutchfield Corporation

Lori Crisp Director of Marketing Norton Community Hospital, Ballad Health

Rick Nunley Director of Human Resources Universal Fiber Systems LLC

Stacey Ely Director, Community and Government Relations Ballad Health

Peggy White Executive Director Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

Kim Farris-Luke Owner/Operator Farris Funeral Home

Kris Westover President Mountain Empire Community College

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