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Community Impact

Advancing the Common Good

Since 1931, with the original Community Chest and inception of the organization, United Way of Central West Virginia has supported health and social service programs that have helped thousands of individuals lead healthier and more productive lives. The United Way Board of Directors supports the assessment of health and social services needs in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Logan and Putnam counties.

Click here to download the 2016 Community Needs Accessment

United Way of Central West Virginia is a volunteer-led, volunteer-driven organization representing Boone, Clay, Logan, Kanawha and Putnam counties. From the board of directors to fundraising volunteers to others who lend a hand each year, all ensure United Way continues to make an impact on the issues that matter most. By encouraging all people in Central West Virginia to give, advocate or volunteer, United Way strives to demonstrate the power of “LIVING UNITED.”

Community Impact Funding: Focus Based On Community Needs Assessment

The UWCWV Board of Directors established set funding amounts and desired outcomes in each of the four impact areas:  Health, Education, Financial Stability and Safety Net.  Nonprofit organizations that provide these services can apply for Community Impact funding through the United Way of Central WV.  The 2018 Investment Priorities are indicated by assigning a percentage of funding that will go toward each impact area.  This funding will be awarded to qualifying nonprofit organizations in 2018.

Impact Area:

Helping Children and Youth
Achieve Their Potential

20% of Funding

United Way strives to ensure children and youth achieve their potential through enrichment programs, mentoring, leadership development, career exploration, and other activities designed to help them become productive members of our community.

  • Quality Childhood Education
    and School Readiness
  • Academic Success K-12
  • Parent/Caregiver Development
Impact area:

Improving People’s

30% of Funding

United Way helps provide programs that address the needs for mental health services to adults and youth, substance abuse prevention and support services, dental and health care for the uninsured, counseling and education for victims of sexual and domestic violence, as well as those facing end-of-life issues.

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Affordable Mental Health Counseling
  • Health and Wellness
Impact area:

Promoting Financial Stability
and Independence

20% of Funding

United Way works to move hardworking people out of poverty permanently by equipping them with the knowledge of how to keep more of what they earn, and providing the tools and training needed to get and keep better jobs and begin building assets.

  • Transportation
  • Employment Readiness
  • Financial Literacy

Providing a Safe Environment For
People and Families

30% of Funding

United Way helps fund much needed resources for people in situations where they need shelter and safety. We help domestic abuse victims find a safe haven, providing advice and support. Victims of such crime, abuse and natural distasters are given access to food, shelter and help to get back on their feet.

  • Domestic Violence and
    Child Abuse Services
  • Shelter Services
  • Access to Food
  • Aging in Place for Seniors
  • Disaster Relief
  • Rent and Utility Assistance