Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 10, 2013

Two new United Way agencies introduced, will begin serving the region

BLUEFIELD — Officials with two United Way organizations introduced themselves Tuesday morning to local human service agencies and spoke about what will follow after the demise of the United Way of the Virginias.

United Way Worldwide severed its ties Dec. 2 with the United Way of the Virginias after that organization lost its tax-exempt status, said Jenny Palazio, director of membership accountability for United Way Worldwide.

Two entities, the United Way of Southern West Virginia will accept McDowell County, Mercer County, and the town of Bluefield, Va. into the area it serves. In Virginia, the United Way of the Virginia Highlands will serve the counties of Bland, Buchanan and Tazewell.

During a morning breakfast meeting at the Quality Inn near Bluefield, human service agencies once served by the former United Way were urged to contact the new United Way agencies.

“If you are an organization in Mercer or McDowell County and have questions about funding, please call the United Way of Southern West Virginia,” said Executive Director Margaret O’Neal. O’Neal can be contacted at 304-253-2111.

Chief Executive Officer Travis Staton of the United Way Virginia Highlands said his organization was scheduling public forums in Bland, Buchanan and Tazewell counties to receive public input and learn more about local needs. The Virginia organization’s phone number is 276-628-2160.


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