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Our Mission

Ten Year Goals

education

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 school, helping children be ready to move to the next grade, and making sure kids graduate from high school and are prepared for college or a vocation.
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 helping: stabilize families in financial distress and achieve long-term financial stability.
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 adults.
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, safe shelter, housing services and other basic needs services. Your donations work to help people become self sufficient.
From The Blog

Knoxville selected first for IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge

United Way of Greater Knoxville’s Caleb Fristoe, center, confers with Mayor Madeline Rogero during their Smarter Cities Stakeholder Council public meeting. Knoxville was selected for an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant which has resulted in a multi-prong effort to help low-income residents weatherize their homes and learn more about energy efficiency to reduce the need for […]

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK NOV 18-22

  City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett jointly proclaimed American Education Week, November 18-22, in our community.  Representatives from many agencies receiving education-related grants from United Way of Greater Knoxville joined School Superintendent Jim McIntyre and School Board Chair Lynne Fugate for the presentation. This year United Way of […]

Health Care in East TN

Under the Federal Affordable Care Act, new competitive private health insurance marketplaces—called the Affordable Insurance Exchanges or “Exchanges”—will provide millions of Americans and small businesses with access to affordable health care coverage. In Tennessee, a Federally funded Exchange will help insure more than half a million Tennesseans who do not qualify currently for Medicaid or […]

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.”