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“We are UNITED in improving health, education and financial stability as a WAY to strengthen the Upper Ohio Valley.”

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What does your local nonprofit United Way do?

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley raises money through an annual campaign comprised of special events, employee payroll deduction campaigns and corporate partnerships. The support from the annual campaign combines donations from community minded people and businesses that is then allocated out to nonprofit programs through our volunteer allocations panels. We support 40 programs in the upper Ohio Valley that tackle the toughest needs in the Ohio Valley.

Are you looking for a place to donate money to charity in the upper Ohio Valley, but aren’t sure where there is the biggest need?

We can help you give local. The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley is the communities’ giving plan. Our team of committees and board members not only do the “checks and balances” to fund the programs that hit biggest needs in our community, but they also make sure that nonprofit donations we receive are going the furthest they can to improve lives in this community.

Our Service AreaDonating through your local United Way is the best way to reach the most people in need.

The United Way of the upper Ohio Valley supports Hancock County,Brooke County, Ohio County, Marshall County, Wetzel County, and Tyler County in West Virginia, and Belmont County in Ohio. Donating through your local United Way is the best way to reach the most people in need.

Want more information before deciding to donate your money to or advocate for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley — Check Out our Community Success Stories.

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Member Agencies & Funded Programs Where do your donations go?

Member Agencies

Meet the agencies that received funding from YOUR donations.
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Funded Programs

We fund programs within agencies focusing on the communities’ toughest needs.
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“Giving is not just about making a donation. It's about making a difference.”

Our PeopleStaff

Executive Director – Staci Stephen

Staci Stephen has been an active member of her community since 2001, when she moved back to the Ohio Valley from Columbus, Ohio. She is excited to be turning that community focus toward the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. With a passion for service in the Ohio Valley, Staci carries the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding client services into everything she does. Staci has served in the nonprofit world for the past 17 years where she started her nonprofit career at the Augusta Levy Learning Center in 2006. She remained at the Levy Center until this past June when she accepted the Director of Development position at Youth Services System, Inc. Staci has always had a passion for helping others and enjoys volunteering as much as possible for other nonprofits in the Ohio Valley. She is a graduate of Marietta College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health and a graduate of Hondros College of Real Estate. Staci was the race director of COLOR ME AU-SOME 5K, one of Augusta Levy’s biggest fundraisers. She was named to the The State Journal’s Generation Next: Top 40 under 40 in West Virginia in 2015. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Wheeling and OV Connect, is a member of Rotary of St. Clairsville, and is a graduate of the 2017 Leadership Wheeling class. In her free time, Staci is a realtor for Carol Goff & Associates. She currently resides in St. Clairsville with her partner, Gary and their three-legged AussieDoodle, Lucky.

Associate Director – Madison Seavy

Maddi grew up in Wheeling and has always wanted to live in the valley and start her life here. She attended Central Catholic High school and graduated in 2016. She is a recent graduate of West Virginia University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing with an area of emphasis in digital marketing promotions.

At WVU, she was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, and the women’s club basketball team. The last two summers she interned with the Civic Leaders Internship Program at the CFOV. She was placed to work with the Wheeling Nailers and at the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“On top of the program giving me real world experience that I cannot get from a classroom; the Civic Leaders Internship Program has shown me how the Ohio Valley is continuously growing and the efforts put forth to make that happen. This program has made me even more eager to return to the place I call home and aid in making Wheeling a city where people and businesses thrive. I was attracted to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley because of my background in community service. I instantly fell in love with their mission and values. I just knew I had to get this position because it was everything I could have ever asked for. I am thrilled to be in a position doing what I love and using my skills to help people and my community”, said Maddi.

President – Tony Martinelli

A lifelong resident of the Ohio Valley, Tony graduated from The Linsly School in 2001. After graduating from pharmacy school at Duquesne University in 2007, he returned home.

After working as a pharmacist for a few years, Tony began work at Wheeling Hospital in 2009. He worked as the Sr Director – Pharmacy services as well as the AVP Clinical services and the Sr Administrator at Harrison Community Hospital. Tony now has the privilege of serving as the Chief Operating Officer at WVU Medicine – Reynolds. Having a passion for community service, he has served on the Board of directors for East Richland Christion Schools, Elmhurst, Wheeling Health Right, and the United Way. Tony lives in Wheeling with his wife Michelle, and daughter Victoria. They can be found most evenings walking the paths at Oglebay with their two dogs Remi and Roxie.

Accounting Clerk

Pam Neider

Data Entry and WV 211 Community Resource Specialist

Melynda Sampson

Our People2023-2024 Board of Directors


Tony Martinelli

Vice President

Ryan Rotilio


Emily Shortall


Walker Holloway

Campaign Chair


Tony Martinelli, President
Ryan Rotilio, Vice President
Emily Shortall, Secretary
Walker Holloway, Treasurer
Craig Bommer
Amanda Brown
Sharon Campbell
Mitzi Coleman
Laurie Conway
Jeff Emerick
Jeff Fleahman
Susan Fox-Nolte
Antoinette Geyer
Rhonda Haley
Alishah Hardway
Jacob Keeney
Ben Kitta
Joe Lovell
Stephanie Paluda
Valarie Piko
Missy Sadlowski
Emily Shortall
Christina Terek
Bill Wagner