To our donors, partners, volunteers & friends,

"During times of uncertainty and crisis, the United Way steps up when our community needs us. That is why United Way of Blount County's board made the decision to set aside $45,000 to start a COVID-19 response fund here.  We knew individuals and families would have a tougher time feeding their children, paying the rent, and keeping the lights on because of the effects of COVID-19. In just five weeks, individuals and companies in Blount County have stood beside us and collectively donated over $145,000 to our relief efforts. It makes me very proud to live and work in Blount County now more than ever. We are so thankful to these donors who have made it possible to meet not only emergency needs, but needs that will come in the weeks and months ahead. We are united together and we will be stronger on the other side of this pandemic." --Jennifer Wackerhagen, President & CEO
 
UWBC has awarded 15 COVID-19 Response Fund grants and is continuing to accept applications. Agencies that have received grants are as follows:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee – virtual outreach and mentoring for participants
Blount County Habitat for Humanity – homeowners escrow assistance
Boys & Girls Club of Blount County – extended service hours support
COMPASSion Counseling – telehealth therapy services
Family Promise of Blount County – transitional housing rent
Gate – Gateway to Independence – telecommunication programming
Good Neighbors of Blount County – rent and utility assistance (two grants have been awarded)
Helen Ross McNabb Center, Inc . – basic financial assistance for Firm Foundations clients
Helen Ross McNabb Center, Inc . – telehealth support and phone cards for mental healthcare services
LTVEC - Birth-to-Three - tele-intervention support services
New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center – telehealth therapy services
Salvation Army - gas cards, food pantry support and hot meals
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee – food to support local pantries
Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service – meal deliveries for seniors