What We Do

United Way of the River Cities fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.

We focus on our region’s most critical issues within these areas. United Way of the River Cities supports a foundation of basic needs services to ensure that individuals and families have their basic needs met.

We fight by forging partnerships, by mobilizing both human and financial resources, and by inspiring people to join us to create solutions to our community’s most pressing problems. United Way provides funding to agency programs and works collaboratively with organizations and individuals. We focus on outcomes so we know that our investment of donor dollars is making the greatest impact.

United Way of the River Cities’ community partnerships – the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP), the Education Initiative, and the Financial Stability Partnership (FSP) – are funded by grants and United Way of the River Cities.

Agency programs that address the identified critical issues are supported through a grants process. Learn more about our Funds Distribution process. To ensure that programs are achieving their predicted outcomes and having the expected impact, agencies report semi-annually on their progress and community volunteers also conduct site visits.

United Way of the River Cities impacts our community by focusing our work on its most critical problems. Volunteers and local experts regularly review relevant data, so that we remain responsive to the biggest challenges our community faces

Critical Issues


  • The rate of obesity in our community is high and continues to increase.
  • Substance abuse impedes the physical and behavioral well-being of individuals in our community.
  • The high rate of tobacco use contributes to cancer and chronic disease.
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  • Too many students are reading below their grade level.
  • Too many students are leaving high school without graduating.
  • Too many adults lack basic life skills that promote independence and employment.
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Financial Stability

  • Too many students are graduating high school lacking the skills for post-secondary success.
  • Many families do not have access to affordable stabilizing supports that allow people to work.
  • Individuals lack the tools to achieve financial stability.
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Basic Needs

  • Food, clothing, safe shelter, personal care items, healthcare, medications, utilities/rent assistance.
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We are the hand raisers.

The game changers. We know change doesn’t happen alone.

United We Fight. United We Win.