Our Partners

United Way partners with organizations that share our view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

Our partners know that what we are judged on is results: the tangible and quantifiable impact we make day after day.

Their long-term commitments are essential to addressing key social issues, such as helping children and youth achieve their potential; promoting financial stability and independence; and improving people’s health.



Jan Johnson, Program Manager
P.O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650
For service dial 211
If using a cell phone dial 1-866-588-4211
865-215-4211 (Office)
Fax 865-523-7869

Non-Emergency Telephone Line for Social  Service Information – $116,000
2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number and Internet portal that provides free, confidential multilingual information and referral services that connect Knox County residents in need with a full range of appropriate community, social, health and government services including housing, food, health facilities, legal and tax assistance, child care, and volunteer opportunities.




AMERICAN RED CROSS of the Tennessee Mountain Valley– $576,878

Ms. Michelle Hankes, Executive Director
6921 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37950‑0156
Fax 865-588‑1835

Community Preventative Health Education – $155,703
A program which provides educational and emergency training to citizens of Knox County. Youth and adults participate in the volunteer emergency mobilization and preventative education programs in order to equip the community in preventing, preparing for, and responding to life threatening emergencies.

Disaster Services – $215,500
A program that trains volunteers, coordinates community/emergency planning for local disasters, and provides disaster relief to the victims of emergencies, including the victims of single-family fires, floods, and other disasters in the community. A family suffering such loss is offered counseling and assistance in planning recovery. Housing is provided either in mass shelters during large-scale disasters, or in motel rooms for single-family incidents.

Nursing Education Services – $95,000
The Nursing Assistant Training Program recruits and trains students in the skills needed to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). The health services program component trains volunteers to provide blood pressure screenings at area community events.

Services to the Armed Forces – $110,675
This program provides worldwide emergency communications to members of the armed forces and their families. The program also assists military personnel with access to financial assistance, and provides counseling to military families and veterans.


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Ms. Judy Wohlwend, Executive Director
3000 North Central Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917‑5126
Fax 865-546‑7960 

Beta Home -$44,700
A residential program for adults with developmental disabilities. Most of the clients have lived in state institutions for the greater part of their lives. 

Independent Living – $18,000
This program provides supports for independent living in the community for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Sunshine Early Intervention – $35,000
A program providing infant and early childhood education and training for babies with developmental disabilities. This home-based program teaches parents how they can most effectively work with their children with disabilities. 

Sunshine Industries – $18,000
This service provides jobs, job training, and placement for adults with developmental disabilities ages 18 years and older.  Clients must have sufficient social, physical, and cognitive skills to meet minimum production requirements. 

Sunshine Leisure Services – $27,500
This program provides recreational and social activities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.




Mr. Doug Kose, Chief Executive Officer
119 West Summit Hill Drive, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-523‑2179 x24
Fax 865-524‑3466 

One to One Mentoring – $136,500
This program uses three one-to-one mentoring strategies to pair a mentor with a child to act as a friend and role model.  The pair may engage in community activities together three times a month, or the mentor will visit the child during school hours every week at the school for lunch, reading, doing homework, or playing games.

Mentor 2.0 – $40,000

Mentor 2.0 is technology-enriched, email supported one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting high school students. The program will support high-impact mentoring relationships, aimed at providing high school students with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.



BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, Great Smoky Mountain Council – $25,000

Mr. David Williams, Scout Executive
1333 Old Weisgarber Road
Knoxville, TN 37950‑1885
Fax 865-588‑3728 

STEM SCOUTS – $25,000

Is a fun and exciting program that will make a difference in the lives of young people by exposing them to STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) while encouraging positive character traits, mental growth and physical fitness. The program is developed for girls and boys in grades 3-12.



Ms. Lisa Hurst, President and CEO
Shafer Insurance Building
1100 Marion Street, Ste. 100
Knoxville, TN 37921
Fax 865-546‑8507

Child Food  – $147,796
The Child Food program provides after school snacks and/or hot supper meals to youth, ages 5 to 17, at our Club sites in Knox County. The program also provides USDA boxed lunches to youth during the summer, as well as morning and afternoon snack. Additional funds are requested to provide a summer breakfast program to youth who reside in one of our four Clubs located in KCDC public housing developments.

Healthy Lifestyles – $91,102
This program teaches youth how to develop healthy eating habits and increase physical activity so that they may live healthy lifestyles, therefore decreasing their risk for obesity or other health conditions related to physical inactivity and poor eating habits. 

Prevention – $98,700
The “Prevention” Program works to provide a safe home and community to the Club youth we serve by offering alcohol and drug prevention programs, bullying prevention programs, internet safety, water safety, and general community safety programs. This program also specifically targets youth who are at-risk and come through the juvenile justice system, involving them in positive activities at the Club and providing intensive support to them, so that they may also have a safe home and environment.

Life Skills – $118,750
This program provides career opportunities and prepares youth for employment responsibilities by offering the following components: Be Great-Graduate and academic enrichment activities; Career Launch and career exploration and job readiness activities; Diplomas to Degrees and college readiness activities; Junior Staff; and the Talent Search program.

Project Learn: The Educational Enhancement Program – $200,000
The Project Learn Program includes: (1) Homework Help (2) Tutoring (3) High-Yield Learning activities (4) Parent Involvement (5) Collaboration with Schools and (6) Goal Setting and Recognition. Some of the other unique components of this program include: (1) CLUB STEM (2) Summer Learning Initiatives and (3) Community Schools’ Initiative After School and Summer programming for students at five Community School sites. The goal is to enable youth to achieve academic success, build healthy lifestyles, and become productive citizens.




Ms. Britney Sink, Executive Director
4706 Papermill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909
Fax 865-329-3311

Training and Supervising CASA Volunteers – $40,000
CASA provides advocacy, through carefully trained and assigned volunteers, to children who are dependent, abused and/or neglected and seen by the Knox County Juvenile Court. CASA volunteers carefully study each child’s case and become that “child’s voice in court” working for the best possible placement.



Sister Mary Christine Cremin, Executive Director
119 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917-6414
Fax 865-971‑3575 

Columbus Home Group Home for Boys – $32,940
Columbus Home is a Level II residential home for boys ages 12-17 that are in state custody. The group home serves boys with problems such as drug and alcohol addiction, anger management, learning disabilities, and trauma related behaviors as a result of abuse, abandonment and neglect. The program includes group and individual counseling, recreational activities, therapeutic visitation, tutoring and life skills classes. Clients must have a referral from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Samaritan Place – $10,723

Samaritan Place provides emergency, transitional and long-term supportive housing to homeless senior citizens. Clients also receive intensive case management as they work toward stability and permanent housing. Once a client leaves Samaritan Place for independent housing they continue to receive follow-up services to help ensure their stability.



Dr. Robert Kronick, Director
Street Address: 1401 Hollywood Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909
Mailing Address: 450 Philander P. Claxton Education Building
112 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996

University-Assisted Community School  – $100,000
A program that meets the non-curricular needs of children and families at Pond Gap Elementary School to ensure the children stay in school to ultimately graduate and become employed or graduate from an institution of higher learning.


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Ms. Edith Coral Johnson, Executive Director
2455 Sutherland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919

Educational Success Program – $38,940

The Educational Success Program aims to give Hispanic students enrolled in Knox County schools, grades K-12 that are behind in math and reading standards, the tools to achieve academic goals at grade level, to continue their education, and graduate on time.



Mr. Robert Sexton, Executive Director
241 East Woodland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917‑6363
Fax 865-523‑0492

Day Services for Adults with Significant Disabilities – $237,350
This program provides day habilitation, training, community participation, and community-based employment services to physically disabled adults with the purpose of increasing independence and successful community integration.


Mr. Robert Sexton/Ms. Janice Kitts, Contacts
2014 Highland Drive
Knoxville, TN 37918‑2219
865-687‑9204 (Phone and fax) 

Group Home – $34,075
This program provides residential care for physically disabled adults in a group home setting. Associated services include meals, transportation, and personal attendant care assistance provides the support necessary for individuals to successfully live in the community.



Mr. Dennis S. Freeman, PhD, CEO
Mr. Boyd Romines, Director of Communications and Development
2018 Western Avenue, 37921
Fax: 865-934-6780

Substance Abuse Program for Women – $51,000

This program serves females age 18 and up who need comprehensive services for their chemical dependency, mental health, primary care, and dental needs.  The program provides alcohol and drug treatment services; access to needed medical services for acute and/or chronic medical conditions;  promotes life-skills, housing; training and employment; and general self-sufficiency skills.  Additionally, the program offers a self governing housing option for those women in treatment who are in need of housing.


CHILDHELP, INC. – $32,500

Mr. Hugh Nystrom, Director
2505 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

Childhelp Children’s Center of East Tennessee  – $32,500
Serves children of Knox County by providing one-stop approach to investigate suspected sexual and physical abuse of children in a child-friendly environment. This is accomplished through defensible forensic interviews, pediatric forensic medical exams, and evidence based mental health counseling. The center serves the children through a mature partnership with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville Child Protective Services, Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Knox County District Attorney’s Office, and the Knox County Juvenile Court




Ms. Janet Kite, Executive Director
301 Frank Street
Knoxville, TN 37919-2203
Fax 865-523‑9781

Tuition Assistance for Certificate/Scholarship Children – 81,599
This program provides matching funds to support child care services for children who are protected, abused, handicapped, developmentally delayed or come from single parent homes.  This program also provides subsidy for day care services to families who are unable to pay full fee and meet income guidelines.




Ms. Danielle Velez, Director
500 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902

Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Knox County – $87,000

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County mails one new, age-appropriate book each month to any eligible Knox County child. Their mission is to raise funds and awareness to ensure early access to age-appropriate books for all Knox County children from birth to age five.




Mr. Ron Phillips, Executive Director
1025 Children’s Way
Knoxville, TN 37922
Fax 865-693‑3941 

Motor Development Services – $11,000
This program provides physician-referred physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation, evaluation and treatment services to children with handicaps and special needs. Children served range from those with mild developmental delays to those with multiple and chronically disabling disorders such as cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, and genetic syndromes.

Speech and Language Services – $50,000
This program provides physician-referred speech and language therapy rehabilitation, evaluation, and treatment services to children with handicaps and special needs. Children served range from those with mild developmental delays to those with multiple and chronically disabling disorders, such as cerebral palsy.




Ms. Katie Martin, Executive Director
P.O. Box 22072
Knoxville, TN 37933
Fax: 865-288-7352

Dialysis Transportation Program – $54,600
The Dialysis Transportation program provides financial assistance for transportation to and from a dialysis patient’s life-sustaining dialysis treatment.




Mr. Patrick Bowen, Executive Director
116 Childress Street
Knoxville, TN 37920
Fax 865-219-0137

Tech:  Assist for People with Disabilities – $100,000
This program provides direct assistance to any individuals with disabilities and their families specifically related to assistive technology information, funding, advocacy, evaluations, consultations, training, technical support, educational management, and the loan and manufacture of specific devices, toys and software.  In addition, clients will be connected to resources such as respite care, home modifications, and access to education and job training.




Dr. Jon Rysewyk, School Director
220 Carrick Street
Knoxville, TN 37921
Fax: 865-249-7826

Emerald Academy – $124,500

Emerald Academy, Knoxville’s first K-8 public charter school, will provide urban students with the academic foundation, skills, habits, and character traits that they need to succeed in high school, college, and in life. Emerald Academy will prepare our scholars for success through our four pillars: academic excellence, effective teaching, a highly relational culture grounded in high expectations, and robust parent and community engagement.




Mr. Steve Diggs, Executive Director
1718 N. Central Street
Knoxville, TN 37917

Emerald Youth Sports – $50,000
This program uses sports to transform urban neighborhoods into healthier communities. Through Emerald Youth Sports, urban youth have access to traditional and non-traditional sports that are not readily available in the city. Youth learn skills and play at a competitive level, developing healthy habits, decreasing risky behaviors, and learning leadership skills.

Inner-City Learning Imitative: Access and Achievement – $133,500

The Inner-City Learning Initiative program views academic achievement as key for them to finish high school, complete college or further training, and find a good job or career.  The program provides academic supports such as afterschool and summer programs, ACT Prep, tutoring, post-secondary preparedness workshops, life coaches, etc. for elementary through young adults.




Ms. Pam Hughes, Executive Director
1715 Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37927‑3156
Fax 865-546‑5531

Client Services – $40,000
This program provides up-to-date information, financial assistance and emotional support to people with epilepsy and their families. Financial counseling and some assistance is provided for needed seizure medication while locating a permanent option through various patient assistance programs. Helmets are provided free of charge to children who could not otherwise afford them along with proper safety instruction. 


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Ms. Mary LeMense, Executive Director
3545 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37921
Fax 865-584-7748

Interfaith Hospitality Network/Going Home: Staying Home – $38,000
A program that provides shelter and food for homeless families with children a week at a time through a network of faith-based organizations.  Case management services are offered to guide the families in the process of achieving long-term financial independence.



Mr. Diondre Jackson, Executive Director and CEO
2351 Dandridge Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915

The First Tee Learning Center – $55,800
A program that targets inner-city youth under the age of 18 involved with The First Tee of Williams Creek.  The learning center provides an after-school and summer program for elementary and middle school participants to focus on academics, character education, physical activity, and promotion of healthy eating habits.

First Tee Life Skills Experience – $19,826
This program provides physical activities, promotes healthy active lifestyles, and teaches life skills and core values to young people through the game of golf.



Ms. Nancy Christian, President/CEO
1531 Dick Lonas Road
Knoxville, TN 37909-1218
Fax 865-602‑2039

New Pathways Academy – $25,000
A non-public school, licensed by the Board of Education that offers a year-round school schedule that provides the academic needs of middle and high school aged residential clients.  Individualized programming makes the academy a critical resource that addresses the behavioral and mental difficulties of classroom engagement as well as academics. 

Residential Treatment Services – $90,000
This is a Level II residential program for adolescent females ages 13-17 who are in state custody and are referred by the Department of Children’s Services.  These young women have moderate to emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with their ability to live at home or with a relative.  In addition to room and board, counseling, education, medical care, supervision and wholesome recreation are provided with a goal of finding appropriate permanent placements with family or foster care.




Ms. Melissa Nance, Executive Director
Regency Business Park
900 E. Hill Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915
Fax 865-594-1198

Adult Literacy Program – $66,000
This program helps individuals obtain their GEDs, improve their reading skills, and provide free literacy education in areas such as language, math, science and social studies through its Adult Education Program.  It partners with the Knox County Adult Education Program, Pellissippi State’s Adult Education, CAC Ross Learning Center, and the GED class at the Knox County Sheriff’s Detention facility.

Next Step Phase 2: Beyond the GED – $12,000
A 12-month education, training and mentoring program for GED students and recent GED graduates.  It provides training and resources needed to enter a post secondary course of study, attain gainful employment, or advance in their level of employment.




Ms. Suzette Lacy, Interim Chief Executive Officer
1567 Downtown West Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37919
Fax 865-689‑9835

Girl Scout Leadership Experience – $50,900
An integrated leadership experience program that develops leadership and life skills in girls.  Using the Journeys curriculum the girls discover what they can do, connect with others, and take action to improve the world around them.  Using The Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting, the program incorporates skill building, leadership, science and technology, financial and business literacy, healthy living, environmental leadership, and global citizenship.




Ms. Elizabeth Nother, Executive Vice President
P.O Box 11066
Knoxville, TN 37939
Fax 865-588-0075


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Mr. Buzz Thomas, President
912 S. Gay Street, L210
Knoxville, TN 37902
P.O. Box 2188
Knoxville, TN 37901

Community Schools – $50,000
The Community Schools program strives to achieve healthy communities. The program provides staffing, services, expanded learning opportunities to the local communities and families by utilizing school facilities as a community hub for activities. The hub provides opportunities to more effectively deliver services by extending the hours that the school facility is open and coordinating efforts around students, parents, and partner organizations.

Knox County Community Schools Tutoring Intervention – $200,000

The Knox County Community Schools Tutoring Intervention aims to maximize student learning and academic outcomes at low performing schools. The initiative will provide direct tutoring services to at risk youth and will work with community based tutoring programs to reduce duplication and improve effectiveness of resources.




Mr. Jerry Vagnier, President
201 West Springdale Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax 865-637-7180

Connections: In-Home Family Preservation – $94,500

A program that provides crisis intervention and family preservation through flexible, family-focused in-home services designed to address the problems of at-risk children and families in Knox County. The result of the service is strengthened families and safer children.

Continuum for Permanency Services – $63,000

This program provides a wide range of services from intensive residential care to in-home services that help families stay together. Additional services such as an accredited school, nursing and psychological care are also provided. Children work through this continued transitioning to less restrictive environments until the ultimate goal of reunification with family, family foster care, or independent living is achieved.

Family Crisis Center – $72,560 

This program provides an emergency shelter for abused women ages 18 and older, with or without children. In addition to shelter, they receive treatment and case management services. 

Great Starts – $37,218 

A residential or day treatment program that provides services for drug-exposed, HIV positive and/or medically fragile infants up to three years of age and their pregnant or postpartum mothers. This program was established to help prevent abandonment of infants and maintain family unity.

Great Starts Nursery – $21,675

A program that serves children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years who are born drug exposed or addicted to one or more substance.  The nursery assists the children to get developmentally on track to be successful in school. 

 LIFE Afterschool Program – $25,500

This program serves foster care youth ages 12 to 18.  LIFE provides afterschool enrichment learning opportunities for foster youth that reinforces their classroom lessons and engages them in creative ways to encourage curiosity and support school learning to become capable and self-sufficient adults. 

 Parent Place – $35,190

Parent Place provides a safe, nurturing environment for parents and their children to visit in a home-like atmosphere, serving children from infants to 17 years. While at Parent Place children and their families are able to engage in activities to help them establish healthy, positive relationships.

Partners for Child Abuse Prevention – $46,800

This is an interactive case management approach to provide linkage, continuous support, and follow-up for parents. The goal of the program is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing parenting education and child development classes and other supportive services. 

PleasanTree Apartments – $42,300

A residential program that assists the homeless, mentally ill, and single-parent families with their children so they can learn to function independently in the community. 

Project Against the Sexual Abuse of Children (PASAAC) – $73,800

This program assists individuals and families affected by sexual abuse. The program helps them to cope with the trauma and understand their individual and family dynamics so they can lead personally satisfying, socially useful lives and prevent further occurrences of abuse. 

 Redirections Adolescent Alcohol & Drug Services – $4,725

An intensive short-term chemical abuse residential rehabilitation program for adolescents ages 13-18. 

Sexual Assault Advocacy – $34,920

A program providing a variety of services to victims of rape and sexual abuse to assist them with making informed choices about their legal rights including 24-hour crisis counseling, medical information, hospital and court accompaniment, legal information, and cooperation with law enforcement officials.

Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee – Education – $17,820

The Sexual Assault Center of East TN Education Program provides education services to equip Knox County elementary, middle and high school students with tools to ensure their safety and allow them to successfully perform in school. The program provides presentations in local schools and community venues utilizing an evidence-based curriculum which teaches topics including safety skills, bullying, healthy and unhealthy relationships, and conflict resolution.  The program also helps schools identify early warning signs of trauma and link students to resources and support in order to address traumatic issues that hinder academic achievement and promote productive and engaged young adults.

 Therapeutic Preschool – $85,500

A program providing comprehensive assessment and treatment services to abused and neglected preschool children, ages three to six, and their families. The program goals are to reduce the risk of ongoing abuse, overcome developmental delays, restructure family and home environments, and to improve parental child-rearing skills.

Therapy Center – $49,500 

The program provides a licensed outpatient mental health program that provides psychotherapy for individual and family emotional problems. Services are provided for people of all ages and income levels on a sliding scale basis. 

Transitional Living – $21,600

This program offers long-term residential and outreach services for youth who currently do not have a safe, viable living situation or who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Services include case management, counseling, life skills training, career counseling, and liaison services with a variety of community agencies.

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Ms. Melissa H. Knight, Executive Director
315 Gill Avenue Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax 865-546-6643 

Healthcare for the Working Uninsured – $165,000
This program provides on-site family practice health care to working individuals without insurance. Services include lab work and x-rays on a sliding fee scale. Specialty clinics including podiatry, gynecology, diabetic counseling and minor surgery are held at the clinic on a regular basis. Dental care, mental health counseling, and affordable medications are also offered on-site.


Ms. Jennifer Searle, Executive Director
1000 N. Central Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax 865-594‑1674

PTA Clothing Center – $45,000
This service provides clothing to children enrolled in the Knox County Schools whose families do not have the resources to purchase needed items.  Each child is provided with two pairs of new jeans, new socks and underwear, and a new shirt. Other clothing is distributed from donated items.  Students receive sufficient clothing to last for at least five school days. Coats are provided if needed and available. Students are eligible to receive clothing twice a year.



Mr. Danielle DuFur Sims, Program Director
115 Suburban Road
Knoxville, Tennessee 37923

Knoxville Area Project Access – $29,825
The Knoxville Area Project Access (KAPA) Program provides services to ensure that patients are receiving a full continuum of care and the medical services they require. KAPA offers enrollment services, care management and education needed to became more responsible and better healhcare consumers. The medical services coordinated through KAPA include primary care, specialty physician care, hospital inpatient care, outpatient and ancillary services, psychiatric care, and pharmacy support.




Ms. Phyllis Nichols, Chief Executive Officer
1514 East Fifth Avenue
P. O. Box 1911
Knoxville, TN 37901‑1911
Fax 865-525‑5154

Co. Starters Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp – $25,000

The Knoxville Area Urban League’s CO.STARTERS Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp is an innovative approach to teach at-risk youth skills relevant to the real world to improve student’s academic development, social development, and cultural and global awareness. The Boot Camp inspires students to explore entrepreneurial skills they possess while demonstrating how to apply entrepreneurial skills to education, career, and community service.

Homeownership and Foreclosure Prevention – $58,145
A service providing housing-related consultation and referrals, homebuyer’s education, mortgage default intervention strategies, and budgeting/credit repair. It encourages lenders, developers, and other service providers to develop affordable housing services and policies to maximize housing opportunities and foster community development. 

Workforce Development – $102,758
This program provides outreach, assessment, pre-employment consultation, skills training, and referrals to promote access to employment/career, business, and other opportunities. It also provides mediation and workforce consultation with stakeholders to foster a cohesive and inclusive working environment and an assessment of area workforce needs and policies particularly in the areas of health care, building/trades, and service industries.


Ms. Susan Long, Director
Office on Aging
2247 Western Avenue
P. O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650
Fax 865-546-0832

Homeless Prevention and Rehousing – $46,607
This program assists families with children to achieve long-term housing and financial stability. A case manager identifies eligible families, assesses the risk of homelessness, and develops a plan for stabilizing the housing and financial situation.

Mobile Meals – $150,000
A program which delivers meals five days a week, including holidays, to Knox County citizens who are at least 60 years old and who cannot cook for themselves or have no one to prepare a meal for them. The program also provides a stay shelf meal for clients.

Senior Citizens Information and Referral Service (SCIRS) – $38,000
A service providing detailed information and referral to/for senior citizens seeking help in such areas as housing, transportation, health, recreation, finances, retirement, or simply a listening ear.




Mr. Christopher Martin, Executive Director
The Regas Building
318 North Gay Street, Suite 210
Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax 865-523-4213 

Amachi Mentoring – $35,000

The Amachi Knoxville offers mentoring services for Knox County youth ages 4-17 who are experiencing parental incarceration, and consequently, are at risk for behavioral problems in school, poor school attendance, poor academic performance and juvenile delinquency.  Amachi mentoring has emerged as a promising preventative practice and evolved as an evidence-based intervention that promotes positive outcomes in educational, emotional and social well-being.


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Mr. John Whited, Director
512 Chilhowee Drive, NE
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-546‑4821 (Emergencies)
Fax 865-525‑5411 

Rescue and Safety Services – $108,000
This program provides emergency primary vehicle rescue services and water rescue services for KnoxCounty. It also provides specialized rescue service for Knoxville and KnoxCounty including cave/vertical, support, heavy rescue, trench, and search services.



Ms. Susan Unbehaun, Executive Director
120 W. Baxter Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax 865-474-9367

Emergency Assistance Program – $47,500
This program provides emergency assistance such as a nutritious three-day supply of food based on family size, rent, medication, clothing, baby layettes, and limited utility assistance to individuals and families.  Non-utility fuel assistance is also available for kerosene.




Mr. David Yoder, Director
502 South Gay Street, Suite 404
Knoxville, TN 37902‑1595
Fax 865-525‑1162

Domestic Violence Civil Legal Services – $131,693
This program provides legal representation to victims of domestic violence with the goal of ending physical and psychological abuse.




Mr. Ben Harrington, Executive Director
9050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 104-A
P. O. Box 32731
Knoxville, TN 37930-2731
Fax 865-824-0040 

Client Services – $45,000
This program assists individuals who are mentally and emotionally disturbed and their families with direct services such as free mental health/depression screenings, information and referral services for treatment, and direct assistance to children of mentally ill parents with shoes, clothing and school supplies upon referral from child serving agencies in the community. 

Education – $55,000
Services include the following programs: Mental Health 101, a school-based outreach program to increase students’ knowledge of mental illness and suicidal behaviors; Mental Health Matters in the Workplace for employers; Mental Health Matters in the Faith Community; and Mental Health Matters in the Law Enforcement Community to train new recruits to recognize and understand mental illness in their community policing role. 



Mr. Scott Payne, Executive Director
4930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Richard Yoakley Accelerated Reading Program – $17,554
The Accelerated Reader program combines a literature-based reading program with the use of technology to provide detailed reports to parents, teachers and administrators on each child’s reading progress.  The purpose of utilizing the accelerated reader program is to help students develop skills they need to succeed in school and then move on to be productive adults through gainful employment.




Ms. Mary Nelle Osborne, Manager of Recovery Services Independent Living Program
1451 Dowell Springs Boulevard, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37909
Fax 865-558-5392

Independent Living Program – $68,000
A program providing intensive treatment, case management, and wraparound supports for individuals who are seriously and persistently mentally ill to live as independently as possible in community settings.




Major Todd Smith, Commanding Officer
409 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax 865-524‑7748 

Emergency Assistance Program – $145,000
This is an emergency service program that provides financial assistance and supplementary aid such as food, clothing, prescriptions, and furniture to local families and individuals in emergency situations. 

Joy Baker Center/Women’s Shelter – $69,000
This program for women and women with children provides emergency residential services and ongoing treatment and support. Information and referrals, case management, advocacy, therapeutic services, and specialized services for children are also provided in an effort to end the cycle of victimization and enable clients to positively restructure their lives. 

Operation Bootstrap/Men’s Shelter – $131,000
A service that provides transitional shelter to single, homeless males in an effort to help them rebuild their lives by obtaining employment.  Services include lodging, meals, clothing, counseling, computer training, case management, transportation assistance, and employment referrals.



Ms. Elaine Streno, Executive Director
136 Harvest Lane
Maryville, TN 37801
Fax 865-243-8241

Healthy Food Initiative – $60,930
A program designed to increase the ability of low-income families to secure a healthier diet by providing supplemental food to those in need and increasing the nutritional component of food that is distributed to those at risk.


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Mr. Timothy Howell, Executive Director
215 Bearden Place
Knoxville, TN 37927‑3025
Fax 865-637‑3817

Homemaker Program – $128,000
A service in which trained and bonded Home Assistants provide homemaker tasks including meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care, and companionship to elderly and handicapped clients.

Home Hair Care – $5,000
The service offers licensed cosmetologists to provide personal care including shaves, shampoos, permanents, and diabetic foot care to homebound clients.


Mr. Christopher Martin, Executive Director
The Regas Building
318 North Gay Street, Suite 210
Knoxville, TN 37917
901 E. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 300, Knoxville, TN 37915

Flenniken Landing Service Coordination – $35,000
Flenniken Landing, a permanent supportive housing development, offers apartments for men and women who have experienced chronic homelessness. Critical supportive services are provided to assist and empower every resident to maintain housing, access physical and mental health services and lead productive lives within the community.



TNACHIEVES – $25,000

Ms. Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director
10427 Petsafe Way
Knoxville, TN 37932

tnACHIEVES – $25,000

tnAchieves is a post-secondary access and success program with the mission of increasing higher education opportunities for Tennessee students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance.  The program seeks to promise students a better quality of life and the ability to make a lasting impact in their communities by providing the pathway to a college degree.




Mr. Bruce Spangler, Executive Director
511 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37901-0325
Fax 865-524-7065 

The Bush Family Refuge – $30,000
This program provides services to individuals and families in crisis to prevent homelessness through assistance with rent, utilities, and a variety of other services. 

The Resource Center – $80,000
This program is a client-centered, case managed program for homeless persons to provide resources to individuals committed to achieving permanent housing.  It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides shelter, meals, showers, and laundry facilities. The program also offers alcohol/drug recovery classes, budgeting classes, and anger management classes.



Mr. Tim Adams, Executive Director
1719 Reynolds St, Knoxville, TN 37921
Knoxville, TN 37921‑3500
Fax 865-524‑5495 

C.A.R.E.S.(Children’s After-school Recreation, Education and Support) – $91,000
A program providing after-school enrichment focusing on education, performing arts,  life skills, character building, and recreation to at-risk youth in the first through fifth grades. Area children and youth are served from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. daily. 

S.T.E.P. (Summer Time Enrichment Program) – $40,950

A summer day camp for elementary school-aged children which focuses on supervised recreational activities. Academic enrichment, community service, cooking, and residential camping are only a few of the opportunities offered to participants in this program which runs for eight weeks, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served daily. 

W.I.S.E. (Wellness in Senior Education)  – $8,000

This service provides a variety of senior citizen programs which include a well-balanced meal and transportation to and from the Center on a weekly basis.



YMCA – $293,012

Mr. Jim Dickson, Chief Executive Officer
616 Jessamine Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax 865-521‑7418 

Community Gardens – $5,000
The program builds community gardens to provide people in need greater access to nutritious foods. The gardens provide fruits and vegetables for inner city childcare sites, food pantries, and other agencies at no cost.

Community Health and Wellness– $71,000
This service includes health, wellness and membership programs for YMCA facilities, including scholarships for individuals in need. Activities include programs for the disabled, memberships for families of deployed military, and alternative physical education programs in local schools. 

School Age Child Care – $175,000
A 3 STAR childcare program supporting the educational curriculum of Knox County Schools, developing life skills, and encouraging the healthy development of each child.  In addition, the program provides support for the entire family with classes in parenting, life skills, family support groups and connection to other services. 

Teen Leadership – $23,012
The goal of this program is to provide leadership development and support which is individually designed for youth and teens to reach their personal potential. Activities include college tours, field trips, computer training, service projects and life skills workshops.  Scholarships are available for qualified youth.

Aquatics and Safety – $19,000
A program offering swimming instruction and basic water safety for preschool, school-age children and their families. Other swimming programs include adult instruction, adult exercises and arthritic programs for senior citizens, handicapped programs, recreational swims, and swim teams.  Scholarships for courses are offered on a sliding scale or reduced rate basis. 



YWCA – $409,139

Ms. Marigail Mullin, Executive Director
420 West Clinch Avenue, SW
Knoxville, TN 37902‑2198
Fax 865-637‑5263 

Club W – $53,500
Club W offers lost cost fitness programming including health screenings and nutrition workshops to low income families in addition to free classes designed for clients in the Transitional Housing and After-School Enrichment programs. 

Educating Youth – $200,000
The Educating Youth program provides comprehensive, evidence-based youth programming that targets K-12 students who are at risk through three overlapping components: Summer Kids in Play, After-School Enrichment, and Y-Teens.  The program gives young people the tools necessary to overcome social, mental, and emotional obstacles to succeed in school.

Transitional Housing – $103,362

This service includes residence for women who are in transitional situations brought about after personal traumas such as divorce, the death of spouse, or escape from abuse from a spouse or family member. 

Victim Advocacy – $52,277
The program provides direct services to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse. These services include crisis intervention, intake and needs assessment, assistance in completing court documents, preparation of victims for court appearances, accompaniment to court, and referral to other community agencies. This program also includes community education presentations and training sessions for local police officers and attorneys.