EO’s mission is to research, pilot, and scale innovative solutions so that people and communities can thrive.

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As the needs of Southwest Virginians change, so too do the best practices for meeting those needs.

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Join us in our fight for our friends and neighbors in Southwest Virginia by exploring the options below.

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Together, we can create endless opportunities for our region to thrive.

Our Purpose
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EO has a 60-year history of developing programs and initiatives in Southwest Virginia.

We were originally incorporated in 1963 as the United Fund of Washington County. In 2023, we underwent a reorganization resulting in two stand-alone nonprofits, United Way of Southwest Virginia and EO. You can read more about that transformation here.

You may know us for the Ignite Career Expo, VQB5, Ready Regions Southwest, or the Rural Summit, to name a few. While our name is new, our work is not. We've been building programs and initiatives under the guidance of numerous volunteers, community members, and business leaders who have served on our Board of Directors and supported our work over the last 60 years. We honor and treasure that legacy even as we step boldly into the future.

Looking to the Future

Today, EO remains committed to helping communities thrive because this is our home, and we believe that between problems and potential lies endless opportunities. 

We hope you'll join us.

Let's go far together!

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