New WIC Income Guidelines can help more WV Families

Effective May 2, 2019, the Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program has increased their income guidelines in order to offer assistance to more West Virginia families. WIC in West Virginia has been providing nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, food assistance and referrals for more than 40 years. New income guidelines appear in the graphic below; the […]

Literacy Programming

This  week, we are going to focus on childhood literacy, and our United Way’s efforts to improve early literacy programs in southern West Virginia. We invest significant funds and staff time into improving the climate of childhood literacy in the 7 counties that we serve. For some background information, check out this video. One of […]

The Unexpected Meal – Fayette County

On a snow day, many children across southern West Virginia are jumping for joy because they get to stay home from school. But for children living in poverty, this seemingly exciting announcement may bring worry: where is my next meal going to come from? Funded by a grant through The Kroger Company, we were able […]

How can your workplace support United Way? Read more to find out how.

Do you own a business? Is your employer community minded, or actively seeking a way to be more involved in our community? If you are ready to step up as a leader in fighting our areas biggest problems of health, education, and financial stability for southern West Virginia families, becoming a United Way workplace campaign […]

Welcome to our new AmeriCorps Volunteers

The United Way of Southern West Virginia is pleased to welcome Marsha Shonk and Mary-Kate Bostick to our team! For the next year, Marsha will be serving as our LifeBridge AmeriCorps Information and Referral Specialist, supporting our 2-1-1 Information and Referral Hotline and our neighbors in need. Mary-Kate will also be completing a year of […]

Building Partnerships in Wyoming County

Over the course of the last year, we have been listening to our donors and community to gain insight on how we can best meet needs that exist here in southern West Virginia. What we have learned is that we are able to elicit the most change when we take the time to get our […]

Equal Footing Shoe Fund: Giving hope two shoes at a time

Imagine it is one of those bitterly cold, wet winter days: the type where you don’t even want to leave the house. Now, imagine that you are a 7 year old boy having to walk down your street to the bus stop in this weather…with holes in your shoes.  This is an unfortunate reality for […]

NAS Prevention: Baby Demonstrations

As we move into the summer, we will be highlighting some of the direct Community Impact work that the United Way of Southern West Virginia leads in our community. One of our least well-known programs is our Baby Demonstrator program, presented by our Executive Director Michelle Rotellini. In Southern West Virginia, there is no doubt […]

Derby Day Re-cap

Although Saturday was wet and rainy, it did not stop us from throwing one of the best Derby Parties in town! We thank every United Way supporter who came out to the Inaugural United Way Derby Day in Memory of Rita Corley. The Resort at Glade Springs as well as our partners at PSAV and […]

First Major Contribution of 2018-19 Campaign

We are pleased to announce that we have received our first major contribution of the 2018-2019 Campaign Year from Highland Machinery Corporation in Oak Hill, WV. President and Owner, Bill McClanahan, met with United Way Staff, Campaign Chair Donnie Holcomb and Co-Campaign Chair Nancy Kissinger, as well as members of the press on Tuesday, May […]