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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 Brooke County, Ohio County, Marshall County, Wetzel County and Tyler County in West Virginia, and Belmont County and Monroe 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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Our PeopleStaff

Executive Director – Jessica Rine

Jessica Rine is the Executive Director of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.  She is an Ohio Valley native and a proud Wheeling Park High School and West Liberty University graduate.  Jess is an active community member serving on many committees and boards for organizations in the Ohio Valley including the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce, Regional Economic Development Partnerships, WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital, Rotary of St. Clairsville, Wheeling Chamber of Commerce and OVOGA.

Prior to starting with the United Way in 2017, Jess worked at WTRF-TV in promotions and marketing and served on the UW marketing committee and allocations panels. 

She has been honored as a WV Living West Virginia Wonder Woman, Generation Next: 40 under 40 and is a 2019 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.   Her greatest accomplishments are her three children, Bella, Miley and Jaxson. 

Jess is an avid bowler, ice hockey player, clay shooter, at-home-chef, selfcare promoter, Pittsburgh Steelers fan, loves relationship building and resides in Moundsville, WV. 

Associate Director – Madison Taylor

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 – Todd Cover

Todd Cover, President and CEO of Belmont Savings Bank (BSB), has an impressive title –– but what’s more impressive is how he’s both approachable and down-to-earth. And he truly has a passion for Belmont Savings Bank. “The difference with BSB is we are a community bank. We try to do what’s right for the customer every time. We don’t just look at data and analyze numbers. We like to talk to people and figure out how we can best help them, offer the best products for them, and how we can best service their financial needs. Our team works with each customer to see where we might be able to help.” He’s determined, whether it’s helping his sons on the baseball field or assisting customers at the bank. “We want people in the community to come to us with their financial needs, not just one or two products.” Todd also makes time to give back to the community personally. You just might see him at a ballgame, volunteering in the community, or in a board meeting for one of the many organizations he volunteers on: United Way Board President, Belco Works Board Member, Wheeling Health Right Board Member, Loan Committee Member Appalachian Growth Capital, Loan Committee Member Regional Development Funding Corp, Lions Club Member, and he coaches baseball. Cover likes attending as many local high school sporting events and college football games as possible, and he loves coaching his three sons – 19-, 14- and 13-years old. “I’m a big sports nut.” .

Accounting Clerk

Pam Neider

Data Entry and Office Support

Melynda Sampson

Our People2022-2023 Board of Directors


Todd Cover

Vice President

Tony Martinelli


Ryan Rotilio


Walker Holloway

Campaign Chair


Todd Cover, President
Tony Martinelli, Vice President
Ryan Rotilio, Secretary
Walker Holloway, Treasurer
Craig Bommer
Sharon Campbell
Josh Contraguerro
Jeff Emerick
Jeff Fleahman
Antoinette Geyer
Rhonda Haley
Alishah Hardway
Kevin Heller
Jacob Keeney
Ben Kitta
Joe Lovell
Valarie Piko
Tina Rush
Emily Shortall
Christina Terek
Bill Wagner
Dan Young
Dawn Zenner-Gaudi