United Way Announces Plan to Impact Local Community

United Way Announces Plan to Impact Local Community
Annual Meeting Celebrates Year of Impact

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties recently hosted its Community Celebration, an annual meeting recognizing the organization's impact and accomplishments over the most previous fiscal year. With a record-breaking fundraising year, the United Way announced its plans to invest in 63 local services impacting the areas of education and youth success, health and financial stability.

In alignment with United Way’s community impact model, the organization’s investment strategy focuses on systematically addressing community needs. The United Way continues to partner with local agencies to align programs within priority issues that will produce lasting, sustainable change.

The United Way also announced that more than $600,000 was saved by Rutherford and Cannon county residents through United Way’s partnership with the FamilyWize prescription discount program, $1,219,228 was returned into Rutherford and Cannon counties through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Additionally, the United Way plans to invest $784,000 into the community through programs and services including 2-1-1 and Books from Birth.

Kathy Jones, 2016-17 United Way Board Chair, said, “I look forward to carrying out the mission of United Way as board chair this year. The organization is positively impacting our community in a multitude of ways, which was reflected at today’s annual meeting. Our local United Way is committed to community needs and sustainable change.”

The Volunteer of the Year award for the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties was named in memory of and awarded to former board member, Carl Quakenbush. Additional recognition included Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital as recipient of the Community Impact Award. The Community Impact Award is awarded based on partnerships that advance the mission of United Way. The City of Murfreesboro received the Innovation Award for their creative engagement with United Way, and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation received the Engagement Award for their outstanding participation in United Way volunteer events.

 The 2016-2017 incoming members for the United Way Board of Directors were also announced. Those new board members include:

Dr. Susan Andrews
Family Practice Partners

Gerald Coggin

I’Ashea Myles Dihigo
The Hagan Law Group

Vicki Eastham
Middle Tennessee State University

Chase Salas
Liberty Mutual

Terry Schneider

Tim Slate
Nissan North America

For a full listing of United Way’s Board of Directors, please visit www.yourlocaluw.org/board-directors.

Investors contributing $10,000 or more annually to the United Way were recognized for their Alexis de Tocqueville Society membership. New members include Dr. Liz Rhea and David and Lori Tincher.

The Community Celebration also recognized individuals who have made a planned gift to the United Way through their will or estate plan. Those individuals include:

Billy Bruce
Drs. Russ and Sherry Galloway
Brian and Pat Hercules
The Salas Family
Dr. Liz Rhea
Carolyn Tumbleson
Don and Hanna Witherspoon
Andy and Cherry Womack

Community Celebration event sponsors include Publix Super Markets Charities, City Auto and Regions Bank. For more information about the United Way, visit www.yourlocaluw.org.


About United Way

United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. United Way focuses on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done through giving, advocating, and volunteering.


Mission Statement

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties improves lives by advancing opportunities for education, health and financial stability for all.


Vision Statement

To be the primary community solutions leader for human services.



The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. For more information, please call (615) 893-7303 or visit www.yourlocaluw.org.