by: Jennifer B. Winkler
At the time of our official campaign kick-off on Thursday, September 8th, we had already notched the 32% mark on our goal 👏🏻 and it’s all thanks to ALL of YOU! Nothing like good news to start your day.
Pacesetter companies – First Horizon, Morristown Utilities, and Rich Products – reported they had more than doubled their goal of $70,000 combined. Roni Snyder, chair of this division, updated everyone that they had raised $144,977 since late July, which is a remarkable 207% of their goal! Doubling this goal is a first in United Way of Hamblen County’s history according to Executive Director Gary Matthews 🌟 A representative from each Pacesetter company received a plaque of distinction for their greatly appreciated efforts.
Keynote speaker Superintendent General Arnold Bunch & Campaign Chair Drew Rowe each invoked spirited remarks of encouragement and thoughtfulness alluding to state history, their military backgrounds, and sharing illustrations of what a hero means to them.
“When you look at these 22 agencies that benefit from this fundraiser, with programs ranging from youth to those of us who are more senior, the work these agencies do makes a dramatic impact on the community,” said Bunch. “And the impact these agencies have on our community is truly heroic,” said Rowe, “they need us to succeed: even
heroes need a strong support network.”
United Way of Hamblen County is a local collaborative effort of volunteers, partner agencies, advocates, and donors committed to advancing the common good of all who live or work in the county through the financial support of multiple health and human service agencies. By empowering those in need with the resources and tools
necessary to be successful, our entire community benefits directly through increased access to education, support for housing and basic needs, care at all ages, financial stability, and improved health and wellness.
Our Partner Agencies support the community by Responding to Crisis and providing Temporary or Long-Term Shelter, Improving Health and Abilities, Caring for our Seniors, and Helping Everyone Succeed through the Arts, Education, and Social Support. Our partner agencies for this campaign year are: American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club of Morristown, Boy Scouts – Great Smoky Mountain Council, Central
Appointed Special Advocate), McNabb Center, Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter (M.A.T.S.), Morristown Hamblen Child Care Center, Morristown Rescue Squad, Rose Center, SafeSpace, Senior Citizens Center, Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, and Stepping Out.