Every West Virginia-based United Way agency will receive grant funding totaling $100,000 from Highmark West Virginia’s Charitable Fund for Health. Announced by Highmark West Virginia officials earlier this week, these grants, ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 will support programs dedicated to the health and well-being of West Virginia residents.
Among those, the United Way of Greenbrier Valley is slated to receive $2,500 of the funds.
“Highmark has a long-standing partnership with the United Way through corporate contributions, onsite campaigns, employee pledges and volunteerism and we are more than happy to expand our partnership with this funding,” said Jim Fawcett, president of Highmark West Virginia. “By providing much-needed support, these agencies can continue to offer programs that ensure children and youth achieve their potential through enrichment programs, mentoring, leadership development, career exploration, and other activities designed to help them become productive members of our community.
As the majority of Highmark West Virginia’s employees live and work throughout Charleston, Wheeling and Parkersburg, the United Way agencies that serve those areas will receive $25,000 each. The remaining 10 agencies throughout West Virginia will each receive $2,500.
“On behalf of the United Ways throughout the Mountain State, we are thrilled to receive Highmark West Virginia’s support,” said Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley. “At such an atypical time with uncertainty, this funding will help fill in the gap and ensure we continue to meet the ongoing needs of our communities now more than ever.”
The donation is funded through Highmark’s new West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health, which provides critical funding to support West Virginia-based health and social service organizations. In its inaugural grant cycle, in 2021 the Charitable Fund for Health awarded $1 million in grant funding for West Virginia-based nonprofit organizations.