ABINGDON, Va. -

United Way leaders in Southwest Virginia say the region is hungry for social change, so they're working to bring people together.

That was the focus of United Way Virginia Highlands second annual 2020 Leaders Summit Thursday at Abingdon's Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Government leaders, including Senator Mark Warner, joined leaders in education, non-profits and faith-based organizations at the summit. They dove into issues concerning education, financial stability and overall health of the region and how they can work collectively to address them.

"We're all doing good work in Southwest Virginia but we're all in our individual silos," United Way Chief Executive Officer Travis Staton said. "Unless we can work together and start to work toward a common goal we're going to continue to see the status quo be the same and this summit is to change that."

Staton tells us participation doubled for this year's summit with around 450 leaders taking part.