United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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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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United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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Multi-generational Support for Our Region

The new Regional Workforce and Child Development Hub is a solution to gaps in the regional economic ecosystem in rural Southwest Virginia. It will make employment in the labor force a feasible choice for families and provide talent development solutions for the emerging and adult workforce.  

Located in the heart of Southwest Virginia, a state-of-the-art building will be home to a childcare center, high-tech STEM labs, and a career simulation center.

United Way of Southwest Virginia is excited to share that this project is now part of EO, our sister organization. 

To learn more about the Hub, please visit the newly launched EO website.

Support Where it’s Needed Most

Childcare Shortage

The childcare shortage in Southwest Virginia affects more than half of our children. The region’s childcare centers have the maximum estimated capacity to only serve 41% of children.

A new childcare center will serve 300 children, aged birth to five with classrooms and indoor activity and recreation space.

Workforce Gaps

Southwest Virginia has some of the lowest labor force participation rates in the state. In 2019, 31.3% of adults in SWVA did not work.

The center will offer high-tech spaces for industry-recognized certifications and credentials through workforce development programs.

K-12 Career Readiness

Young workers aged 16-29 experience higher rates of unemployment compared to the region’s overall average of 3.7%. 

A year-round workforce exploration center will provide K-12 students with hands-on career simulation to spur interest in our region's manufacturing and STEM jobs. 

“...a project of this magnitude will have a transformational impact on our region.” -Bill Hayter, Chair of Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia Board of Directors
30,000 (+/-) square feet for youth and adult workforce development programming including high-tech STEM labs and interactive workforce exploration center for student programming. 25,000 (+/-) square feet for professional offices and meeting/training rooms for programming, community, and employer use. 20,000 (+/-) square feet for early childhood services for approximately 300 children ages birth to five including classrooms, indoor/outdoor recreation, a cafeteria, and administrative offices. 7,500 (+/-) square feet for warehousing and distribution to support more than 200 local childcare and education providers. 2,500 (+/-) square feet for kitchen and food preparation.

Be a Part of Something Big

Your donation will help ensure Southwest Virginia continues to be one of the best places to live, work, and raise a family. All gifts are welcome and 100% goes to support our effort.

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