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United Way agencies merge in Southwest Virginia

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Abingdon-based United Way Virginia Highlands and Galax-based Twin County United Way are merging.

The combined nonprofit organization, operating under the name United Way Virginia Highlands, will serve the counties of Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth, Washington and the City of Galax.

Officials of the nonprofit said the merger will help it engage donors and volunteers in addressing issues facing its communities.

Travis Staton will continue to serve as president and CEO of United Way Virginia Highlands.

Funds raised through annual campaigns will continue to be used to serve the communities from which the monies were collected.

The combined organization’s board of directors will include representatives from each locality.

United Way Virginia Highlands was formed last September in a merger between the United Way of Russell and Washington Counties and the Smyth County United Way.

The newly expanded organization will serve an area encompassing covering nearly 2,500 square miles and more than 168,000 residents. It provides support to more than 70 nonprofit agencies.



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