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Our Mission

Ten Year Goals

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Education

We believe all children have the right to a strong start so they can be successful in life. United Way of Greater Knoxville professionals, along with prominent community volunteers have identified areas in which support is needed to develop success. The education goals we have set will work toward: helping children be ready to enter […]
income

Income

As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. United Way of Greater Knoxville professionals, along with prominent community volunteers, have identified areas in which support is needed to develop success. The income & basic needs goals we have set will promote financial stability and independence by […]
health

Health

We believe health encompasses body and mind. United Way of Greater Knoxville professionals, along with prominent community volunteers have identified areas in which support is needed to develop success. The health and basic needs goals we have set will focus on: maternal health and well being, basic healthcare coverage and prevention, and healthy youth and […]
Basic-Needs

Basic Needs

While United Way of Greater Knoxville focuses on education, income and health – the building blocks of a good life – we have not forgotten about those with critical needs. Through our grant making process, we fund agencies in the income and health areas that offer programs to stabilize people in crisis with emergency food, […]
From The Blog

December 2nd is Giving Tuesday

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Volunteer Knoxville is encouraging East Tennesseans to participate in Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a national day specifically for giving. According to Volunteer Knoxville it was created as a global day dedicated to giving back. It’s a day when businesses, charities, community centers, and families around the world come together to celebrate generosity and to […]

CodeTN Competition

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United Way has partnered with Great Schools Partnership and Pellissippi State Community College on the inaugural CodeTN competition. High School teams of coders solving a real problem with their software will compete in front of a panel of judges for a chance to win classroom scholarships and help with making their software worldwide! Each team […]

Volunteer Knoxville

Always wanted to volunteer but don’t know where to begin? Volunteer Knoxville makes it easy. Volunteer Knoxville is designed as a center for Knoxville and surrounding counties to match volunteers with opportunities to which they would be a good fit. Volunteer Knoxville is a Volunteer Center that works to inspire, equip and mobilize volunteers to […]

Our Team

Ben Landers has been President and CEO for 20 years.  Ben was born in the U.S., but not in a state.  Can you guess his birth place?  When he’s not at United Way, helping people, you can find him fly fishing or playing the drums.”

Ben Landers has been President and CEO for 20 years.  Ben was born in the U.S., but not in a state.  Can you guess his birth place?  When he’s not at United Way, helping people, you can find him fly fishing or playing the drums.

Cheryl Hair has been with UWGK the longest of any current employee; she started her United Way career in 1989.  In that time, she has served on the Financial Issues Committee for United Way Worldwide and non-profit projects with Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy.”

Cheryl Hair has been with UWGK the longest of any current employee; she started her United Way career in 1989.  In that time, she has served on the Financial Issues Committee for United Way Worldwide and non-profit projects with Urban Institute's Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy.

Marie Alcorn has been with United Way since 2010.  You would never guess it, but Marie doesn’t mind sharing her secret that she is not a natural blonde.  Marie’s hobby is couponing and is an active blogger.  You can read her musings on her blog titled, “Thrifty and Proud of It.”

Marie Alcorn has been with United Way since 2010.  You would never guess it, but Marie doesn’t mind sharing her secret that she is not a natural blonde.  Marie’s hobby is couponing and is an active blogger.  You can read her musings on her blog titled, “Thrifty and Proud of It.”

Lauren Stewart has worked for United Way of Greater Knoxville for 13 years.  When she is not working, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, singing, and watching old game shows.”