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 […]

Community Transformation Project Helps Youngsters Gather Steam

I recently had the privilege of touring the Community Transformation Center with Vickie Webb.  Webb is the founder and director of this free program designed to connect K-12 students with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) concepts.  It brings school-aged children in for an afternoon of learning, where they might explore Beginning Robotics and […]

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 […]

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrom (NAS) – FREE Webinar on 3-13-2019

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Early and Long Term Effects on the Child – An update of current prevalence of Substance Exposure and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in West Virginia, trends and what is known of long term effects. Presenter: Molly McMillion, RN, BSN is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Lamaze Certified Childbirth […]

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 […]

Wonderland of Trees 2018

This weekend, our 10th annual Wonderland of Trees fundraiser begins. We have many events planned for you and your family to enjoy for the next two weeks. The event runs from Friday, November 2nd-Friday, No vember 16th. The hours are Monday to Saturday 10AM-7PM and Sunday from 1PM-5PM. All of the events are free, but […]

Why You Should Give to the United Way

A question I often get asked about my job is, “Why should I give my money to the United Way? What do they even do with it?” This is a difficult question to answer sometimes since the answer is multifaceted. Here at the United Way of Southern West Virginia, we do many things. To be […]

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 […]