The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 21, 2012

United Way of the Greenbrier Valley accepting applications

By Tina Alvey
Register-Herald Reporter

— United Way of the Greenbrier Valley will accept applications through the end of this year for possible funding in 2013.

According to executive director Cindy Lavender-Bowe, in order to meet funding criteria, agencies must present programs addressing United Way’s education, income and health goals or a basic need for food, clothing and shelter. Agency representatives will be required to present their proposals to Community Investment Council members in March.

Lavender-Bowe points out that United Way’s focus areas of education, income and health represent “the building blocks for a good life.”

She explains, “Education is essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. Income adequate to pay for today’s necessities and save for the future provides families some sense of financial stability.

“Access to quality health care keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work. Remove any one of these building blocks, and the other two topple.”

United Way of the Greenbrier Valley has invested more than $3 million in Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas counties since its inception in 1986.

For more information or to request an application, call 304-647-3783 or e-mail info@united waygreenbrier.org.