BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- United Way Worldwide's board of directors has removed an organization that served parts of Virginia and West Virginia from its membership and has asked other United Way organizations to take responsibility for the affected areas.
The board announced its removal of the United Way of the Virginias on Monday.
Officials with the Bluefield, W.Va.-based organization suspended a fundraising campaign in October after learning that it had lost its West Virginia tax-exempt status and charity registration in 2008.
West Virginia Secretary of State's Office spokesman Jake Glance has said that the organization didn't file required reports. Also in October, the organization's executive director resigned.
It served McDowell and Mercer counties in West Virginia, the town of Bluefield, Va., and Buchanan, Bland and Tazewell counties in Virginia.
McDowell and Mercer counties and Bluefield, Va., now will be served by Beckley-based United Way of Southern West Virginia. The three Virginia counties will be served by Abingdon, Va.-based United Way Virginia Highlands.
"We're delighted we can help serve our neighboring counties in this way," Alan Jones Jr., chairman of United Way Virginia Highlands' board of directors, said Tuesday in a news release. "We currently have relationships with many nonprofits serving these counties as well as numerous corporate ties with locations in these counties."
Travis Staton, United Way Virginia Highlands' chief executive officer, said the move would strengthen the organization's work in the region.
United Way of Southern West Virginia plans to host an informational breakfast Dec. 10 in Bluefield for businesses that have questions about donations, Executive Director Margaret O'Neal told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
"The United Way Worldwide has asked us to serve the communities of Mercer and McDowell counties, including the town of Bluefield, Va.," O'Neal said. "This is all in the early stages, and our primary focus will be on serving the needs of those communities."