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Here you will find our regularly published findings, stories, reports, and videos about our work in Education, Workforce, and Wellbeing. Search for content by using the filters below or by using the keyword search field. 

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ALICE in Southwest Virginia

By: Mandi Ackerman, Director of Research and Data Analytics (Published July 6, 2023) The traditional measure of financial need, the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), drastically underestimates the...

July 06, 2023

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Community Schools Conference works to better needs of students and families in Virginia

"The United Way of Southwest Virginia hosted Virginia's inaugural community schools conference. It centered around Community Schools, a nationwide initiative seeking to make public elementary...

June 14, 2023

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COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CONFERENCE Virginia's first Community Schools conference draws 150-plus

"The nationwide Community Schools initiative works to build partnerships between community organizations and public elementary and secondary schools to meet the educational, physical, and emotional...

June 13, 2023

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Workforce development and childcare center coming to Southwest Virginia

"A former shopping center is set to be transformed into a United Way of Southwest Virginia hub. The old Kmart building in Abingdon is where...

June 01, 2023

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Workforce development and childcare center coming to Southwest Virginia

"A former shopping center is set to be transformed into a United Way of Southwest Virginia hub. The old Kmart building in Abingdon is where...

June 01, 2023

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Multifunctional Resource Center Being Built in Former Abingdon K-mart

"United Way of Southwest Virginia and the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia have partnered with Food City to obtain an 85,000-square-foot building that formerly housed...

June 01, 2023

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United Way of SWVA to open workforce hub

Nonprofit will convert former Kmart in Abingdon Construction is set to begin in July, and UWSWVA expects to open the building in July or August 2024....

May 23, 2023

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Regional workforce development hub to open in Abingdon

The Abingdon announcement is the latest in a series of initiatives by United Way and others to bolster the region’s economy by addressing the availability...

May 22, 2023

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United Way, Food City flipping former department store for job, child care training and service

United Way CEO Travis Staton said a needed source for skill development for young adults can make a location like Abingdon attractive for both parents...

May 22, 2023

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