What We Do

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

We focus on these critical issues in five counties across West Virginia and Ohio. We also support basic needs services to ensure individuals and families have access to foundations of living.

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.


United Way of the River Cities serves communities such as Huntington and Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Ironton, Ohio:

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


Increasingly high rate of obesity.

Substance abuse impedes physical and behavior wellbeing.

Tobacco use continues to lead to cancer and chronic disease.

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Too many students are reading below grade levels and/or are not graduting from high school. 

Too many adults lack basic life skills that promote independence and employment.

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Financial Stability

Many families do not have access to affordable stabilizing support that allows people to work.

Individuals lack the tools to achieve financial stability.

Too many students are graduating high school lacking the skills for post-secondary success.

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Basic Needs

Our neighbors go without food, clothing, safe shelter, personal care items, healthcare, and medications.

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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.