United Way Virginia Highland's Board of Directors announced today that the organization has now taken responsibility for serving Buchanan, Bland and Tazewell Counties in Southwest Virginia.
The move came at the behest of United Way Worldwide, who approached United Way Virginia Highlands about including Buchanan, Bland and Tazewell Counties in their service area as they are positioned to address the critical issues facing those communities. These counties were previously served by the United Way of the Virginia's which is in the process of closing its doors.
"We're delighted we can help serve our neighboring counties in this way," said Alan Jones Jr., Senior Vice President and Controller, Alpha Natural Resources, and Board Chairman of United Way Virginia Highlands. "We currently have relationships with many non-profits serving these counties as well as numerous corporate ties with locations in these counties."
United Way Virginia Highlands previously served Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth, and Washington Counties and the City of Galax, Virginia, representing a demographic reach of about 168,000 people. With the inclusion of Buchanan, Bland and Tazewell Counties that number will increase to nearly 250,000. The money raised through annual campaigns will continue to be used to serve the communities from which the monies were raised.
"I am confident in the work that will be done regionally and believe that it will only be strengthened by this decision," said Travis Staton, Chief Executive Officer for United Way Virginia Highlands. "We are excited to come together and build on our region's strengths to create a lasting impact."
United Way Virginia Highlands now encompasses 34 towns, 8 counties and one city, serving approximately 250,000 residents, and covering nearly 4,000 square miles which includes Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, and Washington Counties and the City of Galax, Virginia. For more information on the United Way Virginia Highlands please visit UWVH.ORG