12/3/2013 4:09 PM
by Rachael Cardin
BECKLEY - United Way Worldwide's Board of Directors removed an organization that served parts of West Virginia and Virginia.
The board announced on December 2nd that the United Way of the Virginias is no longer a member of the worldwide charity organization. The local chapter lost it's West Virginia tax-exempt status and charity registration in 2008 because it didn't file required reports and it's Executive Director resigned in October.
Margaret Ann O'Neal, Executive Director of Southern West Virginia's United Way, said their main goal is to help these new communities through the holidays.
"What we do as a United Way is serve, so you know we're hesitantly excited to be able to go in and help the people in those communities because that's the main thing. At the end of the day our worry is for our agencies and the people in those communities; that through the holidays are going to need food and shelter and clothing and basic things that we already do everyday in our 5 counties, now we'll be doing that in sev7en counties," said O'Neal.
The United Way of Southern West Virginia will now be serving Mercer and Mcdowell counties as well as Bluefield Virginia. The three remaining Virginia counties will be served by the United Way of Virginia Highlands.