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United Way fundraises for 24 charities

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

The United Way of Hamblen County serves as the umbrella fundraising organization for 24 charitable agencies serving thousands of residents with a variety of needs. More than 200 health and human services programs are administered through the individual agencies, and participants can range from newborns to seniors.

The United Way funds the agencies through an annual collaborative drive, traditionally a six-week comprehensive capital campaign. Each year’s goal is determined after the organization’s budget and allocations committee hears budget requests from all of the agencies. A campaign chair spearheads the drive and is assisted by an 19-member cabinet, several Pacesetter companies and more than 20 loaned executives. All are volunteer positions.

Now in its 58th year, the United Way began in Morristown as the United Fund — a unified effort to raise funds for area nonprofit agencies and replacing many of the individual campaign drives.

ALPS Adult Day Services

Provides compassionate, comprehensive and affordable care for adults who should not be alone during the day. 423-587-9149

American Red Cross, Lakeway Area Chapter

Helps disaster victims begin putting their lives back together by furnishing emergency and emotional support. 423-586-2442

Boys and Girls Club of Morristown

The club provides a safe, positive and caring environment for all young people with a special focus on those whose opportunities are often limited. 423-586-2331

Boy Scouts of America, Cherokee District

Develops character in young people through the teaching of ethical decision making, leadership and mental/physical fi tness. 865-310-5515

Court Appointed Special Advocate, Lakeway CASA

Improving the lives of abused and neglected children through trained volunteers who advocate for a safe, loving and permanent home. 865-329-3399.

Community Effort Against Spouse Abuse (C.E.A.S.E.)

Protects victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and provides safety/skills for violence-free living. 423-581-7029. Hotline: 1-800-303-2220

Central Services

Provides families with rent, utilities and food to prevent homelessness and hunger. Additional programs offered include: Arthritis Program, Crippled Adults and Children, Travelers Assistance, Tuberculosis Program, Cerebral Palsy Program, Toys for Tots and Heart Council. 423-586-9431

Epilepsy Foundation

Provides basic education, client support, seizure first aid training, and diversity awareness aimed at improving the quality of life for everyone affected (or who may be affected) by epilepsy. 1-800-951-4991 Friends of Hospice of the Lakeway Area

The group’s mission is to make it possible for dying patients to spend their last days in the comfort of their own home. The group’s 2012 project is Serenity House, a facility that will provide care for patients who are unable to remain in their home. The group also provides a children’s grief camp for young people. 423-586-5284

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

Empowers girls to become competent, courageous and compassionate young women. 1-800-474-1912

Girls Inc.

Inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold by building spirit and mind. 423-581-4430

Helping Hands Clinic

Delivers primary health care to the residents and employees of Hamblen County who have no health insurance and whose household income is less than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. 423-581-4100

Kingswood School

Provides neglected and abandoned children a place to live and learn. 865-767-2121

Lakeway Achievement Center

Provides life opportunities and skills to citizens with developmental disability. 423-586-2196.

Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter (M.A.T.S.)

Gives homeless people hope for a brighter future. Shelter: 423-581-4325 Offi ce: 423-587-9215.

Morristown-Hamblen Child Care Centers

Offer developmental child care for special needs and children from lowincome families. 423-587-3001.

Morristown Rescue Squad

Administers life-saving first aid to an accident victim. 423-586-1313.

New Hope Recovery Center

Helps individuals end the downward spiral of addiction and find a new beginning in life. 423-581-2411.

Rose Center Council for the Arts

Cultural center for the Lakeway Area that provides meeting space in addition to hosting art and special interest shows, including providing school children the opportunity to expand their world and build self esteem through the arts. 423-581-4330.

Senior Citizens Center

Keeps senior citizens actively involved and provides hot, nutritious meals for the homebound elderly. 423-581-5166.

Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service

Makes it possible for a frail, elderly or handicapped person to remain independent in the home. 423-586-2359.

Stepping Out Inc.

Offers educational workshops to teach people to step out in confidence for a better future. 423-318-0999.

United Way of Hamblen County

Uniting people and resources to build a stronger and healthier community. 423-581-8601.

YES Inc. of Morristown

Gives abused, neglected and troubled children a fighting chance. 423-586-7740.