United Way of Southwest Virginia 2017 Impact Awards

United Way honors community members for impact on Southwest Virginia

Photo credit: Earl Neikirk, BHC

Abingdon, VA (March 16, 2017) – United Way of Southwest Virginia celebrated the companies and individuals whose contributions to the organization in 2016 had a direct impact on the lives of working families in Southwest Virginia.

United Way of Southwest Virginia acknowledged individuals, employee groups, corporations and volunteers who lent their outstanding support to the campaign, impact initiatives, and volunteerism efforts.

Travis Staton, President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia, said, “By partnering with United Way, everyone’s gift can make an impact, because we bring line workers and CEO’s together as one network committed to change. United Way brings people from all sectors together, which amplifies the impact all of us can have.”

United Way of Southwest Virginia brings together the people and organizations necessary to create solutions to Southwest Virginia’s most pressing challenges. This couldn’t continue without ongoing growth from annual employee campaigns.  The 2016 Top Giver Award was presented to Utility Trailer Glade Spring and Utility Trailer Atkins the companies with the highest total campaign giving.

Grayson County, Virginia and Mohawk Industries received Growth & Innovation Awards.  The growth and innovation award recognizes organizations or companies that have generated an increase of at least 50% in their workplace campaign over the previous year through their forward-thinking and creativity.

The Spirit of the Community Award was presented to Appalachian Power for their outstanding support of United Way and their year-round commitment to the community.  Appalachian Power supports United Way generously through their workplace campaign and sponsorships of events, but also provides volunteers for United Way event planning committees and has representation on the United Way Board of Directors.

The Community Partner of the Year Award was presented to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.  The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation provides substantive leadership and drives innovative initiatives to ensure that Virginia’s children enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn. The VECF supports United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Early Education work by funding Smart Beginnings and Virginia Quality.

The Women of Distinction Award winner was Tammy Ammen.  This honor is awarded to women who have empowered others to give of themselves through their leadership in the community. Serving as a role model for other successful women, Mrs. Ammen spearheaded efforts that brought United Way of Southwest Virginia new donors and provided legacy support for the Backpacks Unite program.

Dr. Berkley Clear accepted the Next Generation Award on behalf of the Washington County Virginia Schools Community Scholars Program.  The Next Generation Award recognizes and encourages the philanthropists of tomorrow who are already serving others in their community today.

United Way of Southwest Virginia also honored the 2016 Corporate Partners, including Food City, Universal Fibers, and Utility Trailer, as well as the 2016 Media Partners, including FM94, WCYB, and the Bristol Herald Courier.  Food City is a key partner of United Way and is one of the go-to companies in the community when there is a need.  Food City truly embodies what it means to be a community partner.  Each team member at Universal Fibers is encouraged to support United Way through their workplace campaign, but Universal Fibers takes it a step further and encourages their employees to volunteer with the organization as much as possible.  Utility Trailer of both Atkins and Glade Spring support United Way, realizing the lives that are changed in the communities that are shaped through their investment.

The Volunteer of the Year in Education award went to Kent Berryman.  The Volunteer of the Year in Financial Stability was presented to Virginia Cooperative Extension – Southwest District.  The Volunteer of the Year in Health award recipient was Chris Owens.



United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia by forging unlikely partnerships, finding new solutions to old problems, mobilizing the best resources, and inspiring individuals to create lasting change in the lives of over 350,000 residents from all walks of life. United Way of Southwest Virginia mobilizes thousands of people to give, advocate and volunteer across 5,860 square miles (approximately 15% of the state of Virginia) in the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise, and the cities of Galax and Norton. For more information about United Way of Southwest Virginia, visit netnswvarelief.wpengine.com.