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

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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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Sometimes, it may be hard to know what resources are available to you or where you could go to get help. United Way of Southwest Virginia can help to connect you with programs and services that may address your unique situation.

2022 Ignite Mentor Hour Log Sheet

2018 County Profiles

Bristol City




Galax City



Norton City


Radford City




2019 Chronic Absense Report

2019 Absense Report

2019 Chronic Absense Report

2019 Chronic Absense Report Guide

Additional Data Resources

Virginia Longitudinal Data System

The Virginia Longitudinal Data System is a powerful tool for Virginia’s future, giving the Commonwealth an unprecedented and cost-effective tool for extracting and analyzing insightful education and workforce development data within a secure environment.

KIDS COUNT Data Center

KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of data on children and families. Each year, the Foundation produces a comprehensive report

Regional Economic Indicators

Regional Economic Indicators include workforce-related and education-related data and trends available through the New River / Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board.

Additional Education Data Sources

Virginia School Quality Profiles

Virginia’s new School Quality Profiles provide information about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public. Report cards are available for schools, school divisions and for the commonwealth.

Virginia Department of Education

The Virginia Department of Education collects enrollment data from across the Commonwealth, including Fall Membership, School-Age Population Estimates for Sales Tax Distribution, Special Education Child Count, and Home Schooled Students & Religious Exemptions.

Additional Financial Data Sources

Virginia Labor Participation Rates

The Labor Force Participation Rate is the percentage of the population that is in the labor force. The labor force is considered anyone who is employed or unemployed. Unemployed individuals are only those that are actively available and looking for work, not necessarily all individuals without a job. For the most accurate measurement, the population considered is the Civilian Non-institutionalized Population. This is individuals over the age of 16, who are not in the military and are not otherwise prevented from working, such as the incarcerated.

Virginia Labor Market Information

Virginia Labor Market Information provides Virginia labor market, economic and demographic data over time between regions, including: State Unemployment, National Unemployment Map, Area Unemployment Rates, Monthly Ranking by Unemployment Rate, Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed, Characteristics of Newly Registered Job, Area, 50 Largest Employers, Industry by Size, Startup, State Population Map, National Population Map, Population Change, Consumer Price Index (CPI), Local Option Sales Tax, etc.

The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Participation Statistics Data Hub

The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Participation Statistics Data Hub, which includes the following: Inflation & Prices, Employment, Unemployment, Employment Projections, Pay & Benefits, Spending & Time Use, Productivity, Workplace Injuries, Occupational Requirements, Regional Resources, Maps, Calculators.

United Way ALICE

Through a series of new, standardized measurements, United Way is quantifying the size of the workforce in each state that is struggling financially, and the reasons why. These measurements provide a broader picture of financial insecurity than traditional federal poverty guidelines.

United Way ALICE Report

The United Way ALICE Report provides a comprehensive picture of financial needs in Virginia, beyond traditional federal poverty guidelines. The 322-page report published in July 2017 shows data at a county and city level for the entire state to bring awareness to the part of our population known as ALICE, an acronym coined by United Way that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The ALICE population represents those of us (men, women, and families) who work hard and earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living.

United Way ALICE Report

United Way of Southwest Virginia published a 20-page body of research condensed for the region of Southwest Virginia in September 2017. In United Way of Southwest Virginia’s service area, the number of ALICE households is as high as 35%. The ALICE rate, combined with a poverty rate at 24%, shows that as many as 59% of households in our region cannot afford the basic cost of living.

Additional Health Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey allows state and local health departments and national health organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association to plan and target their health initiatives. BRFSS may be used to identify emerging health problems; establish and track health objectives; develop, implement, and evaluate a broad array of disease prevention activities; and support health-related legislative efforts.

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) tracks youth tobacco use, substance use and childhood obesity data about Virginia youth.

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) tracks and reports statewide and local progress on key school readiness indicators on a biennial basis through the release of Virginia’s School Readiness Report Card and through the School Readiness Interactive Map Tool.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings

The annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.

Additional Tobacco Free Resources

Youth and Tobacco Use

Kids and Smoking

Tobacco Free Living

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Tobacco Free Resources

ALICE Reports

2020 Statewide ALICE report

2020 Southwest Virginia ALICE Report

2020 Southwest Virginia ALICE Virtual Presentation Slides

Archived ALICE - The Consequences of Insufficient Household Income - 2017 Report

Archived United Way Statewide ALICE Report

The 322-page body of research published for the state of Virginia in July 2017.

Archived United Way Southwest Virginia ALICE report

The 20-page body of research published for the region of Southwest Virginia in September 2017.

Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

Best Practice Model Documentation

Smyth County Public Schools

Why Attendance and Chronic Absence?

Campaign Toolkit

2021 Campaign Posters

2021 List of Programs

2021 Campaign Slideshow

2021 FAQ Sheet

Impact Story Cares Act

Impact Story: Backpacks Unite

Impact Story: Virginia Pillion

Impact Story: Ignite Careers Expo

Impact Infographic

Campaign Talking Points

Cycle of Poverty Digital Banner Graphic

Kids Digital Banner Graphic

Strong Community Digital Banner Graphic

Employee Campaign Leaders Resource Guide

Rollover Campaign Form

Pledge Form

Civic Leaders, Business & Community Messaging

Take Action

Video: Attendance Works: A Community Imperative

10 Steps Communities can Take to Reduce Chronic Absence

Community Resources

Community Services Resources via 2-1-1 Virginia

2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting people with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. 2-1-1 VIRGINIA provides access to services in your community and statewide. All referrals are confidential and you can search for these same services on this 2-1-1 VIRGINIA Web site. 2-1-1 VIRGINIA is a service of the Virginia Department of Social Services provided in partnership with the Council of Community Services, The Planning Council, the United Way of Central Virginia, and the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.

Legal & Law Resources via CourtSystem.org

Find US courts, jails, prisons, police departments, sheriffs, and district attorneys, including addresses, hours, phone numbers, and services.

Substance Abuse Resources via Rehab.Help.org

Find comprehensive substance abuse information, various care options, and many free resources.

Community Resource Guide

The guide contains information in the following areas: Emergency Contact Information Recreation Local Farmers Markets Schools Child Care Providers and Resources Medical Providers Dental Providers/Optometrists Local Health Departments/Hospitals Information Helplines/Helpful Websites Crisis Assistance

COVID-19 Conversation

American Academy of Pediatrics

Centers for Disease Control


Sesame Street

National Public Radio

PBS Kids

Includes a list of videos, games, and activities about hand washing and staying healthy at the bottom of the article

Wingspan/Al’s Pals

COVID-19 Resource Guides

COVID-19 Trauma Informed Resource Guide

COVID-19 Southwest Virginia Resource Guide

COVID-19 Vaccine Video Scripts

Local Television PSA script

60 Second Radio PSA sample

Script for Doctor

Script for Actor

Script for Community Leader 2

Script for Community Leader 3

Script for Community Leader

Script for Community Organization Leader

Script for Fitness Trainer

Script for Law Enforcement Leader

Educator Workshop Recording Surveys

5 C's Workshop: Collaboration Survey

5 C's Workshop: Communication Survey

5 C's Workshop: Critical Thinking Survey

5 C's Workshop: Creative Thinking Survey

5 C's Workshop: Citizenship Survey

Hurley Relief Resources

Hurley Long Term Recovery Group

Impact Program Resources

2019-21 Ignite Impact Report

2022 Ignite Intern Manual

2022 Ignite Internship Program Forms

2022 Ignite Employer Manual

2022 Ignite Coordinator Manual

Summer Internship Flyer

IT Tech Talent Pipeline

2021 IT Tech Talent Pipeline Narrative

Best practices and recommendations based on discussions with IT businesses and post-secondary education.

2021 IT Tech Talent Pipeline mapping for GO VA Region 1

College by college data on IT program enrollment in Southwest Virginia.

Key Research

Attendance Playbook July 2019

Chronic Absenteeism in Virginia and the Challenged School Divisions

Chronic Absenteeism in Virginia and the Challenged School Divisions

Why Attendance Matters for Achievement and How Interventions Can Help

National and State Resources

Kids Count

Virginia DOE website

Prevention Strategies and Programs: Attendance and Truancy

Attendance and Truancy among Virginia Students

12 module video series

Truancy Related Data and Student Attendance Policy Regulations

Parent Messaging

Bringing Attendance Home

Back to School Letter

My Child's Attendance Success Plan

My Family's Help Bank

Home Visits

Principal and Attendance Team Resources

Leading Attendance: A Principal Toolkit

Self Assessment

3 Tiers of Intervention

Establishing School-wide Attendance Incentives

Use Chronic Absence Data to Determine Need for Additional Supports

Factors that Contribute to Chronic Absence

Attendance Infographic (English)

Attendance Infographic (Spanish)

Key Research on Health Issues

Resource Guide: Controlling Environments and Managing Asthma

How Sick is too Sick?

Student Messaging

Certificate of Achievement (from Count Us In)


Superintendent Resources

Superintendents Call to Action

PreK Attendance

Audience Messaging

Perfectly Punctuated Campaign: for Preschool

Audience Messaging

Early and Often: Showing Up in Preschool Matters

Audience Messaging

Elem Attendance

Audience Messaging

Middle & High School Attendance

Audience Messaging

Calculating Chronic Absense

District Self-Assessment Tool

Address Barriers and Root Causes

System-Wide Resources

2021 990 Tax form

Key Messages Around Chronic Absenteeism

Tips for Starting Your Attendance Initiative

Teacher Resources

Teaching Attendance Video

Classroom Attendance Calculator

Student Attendance Success Plans

Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference

Tobacco Prevention

Grades 6-8 e-cigarette and vape downloadable lessons

Grades 9-12 e-cigarette and vape downloadable lessons

Third-hand smoke handout

Teens and vaping risk videos

Second-hand smoke handout

Minimize third-hand smoke exposure

Liquid Nicotine can have fatal effects on children

VFHY Alternative Tobacco Prevention Activities

Third-hand Smoke: A Threat to Child Health

Workplace Campaign Videos

United We Can

Why Backpacks? 2019 - Feat. Lisa Parris of Universal Fibers

2019 Ignite Interns

2020 Campaign Video - Backpacks Unite

Reality Store Overview

Why Backpacks? 2019 - Feat. John Knight of Food City Distribution Center

Careers Expo for Youth Overview

Become a VITA Volunteer!

Financial Stability Spotlight 2017 - VITA Partnership with UWSWV

Health Spotlight - Al's Pals

Top 10 in the United States by Charity Navigator in 2018 Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency Charity Navigator Four Star Charity United Way 2020 Membership Requirements Completed


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