United Way of Southwest Virginia (UWSV) 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 on March 16, at the 2017 Impact Awards in Abingdon. UWSV acknowledged volunteers, individuals, employee groups and corporations who lent their outstanding support to volunteer efforts, the campaign, and impact initiatives.
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."
The Volunteer of the Year in Education award went to Kent Berryman for his volunteer service with Smart Beginnings, an United Way program that works to improve access and quality of service to families with small children. The Volunteer of the Year in Financial Stability was presented to Virginia Cooperative Extension – Southwest District for their regional efforts in preparing students for their future with initiatives such as reality stores and career fairs. The Volunteer of the Year in Health award recipient was Chris Owens who has been instrumental in her leadership with the Healthy Community Action Team (HCAT) in Smyth County.
Fifteen other awards were given at the ceremony; a full listing can be found here: http://unitedwayswva.org/united-way-honors-community-members-for-impact-on-southwest-virginia/