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United Way agencies step up in W.Va., Va.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 7:09am  ET

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Two new United Way agencies are preparing to serve organizations in two states previously served by the United Way of the Virginias.

The Daily Telegraph reports ( that the United Way of Southern West Virginia will serve Mercer and McDowell counties. In Virginia, the United Way Virginia Highlands will serve Bland, Buchanan and Tazewell counties.

United Way Worldwide is severing ties with the United Way of the Virginias after that organization failed to file the paperwork to keep its tax-exempt status.

The Mercer County 4-H is one of the organizations that has depended on funding from the United Way of the Virginias. Member Brenda Pruett says if the group loses its $8,000 annual allotment, its programs will suffer and members will have to raise money elsewhere.

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