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JACKSON – The Board of Directors for the United Way of West Tennessee is proud to announce the Community Impact Funding for 2012 - 2013. Over the next year $1,346,906 will be invested into 115 local programs, run by 81 partner agencies serving our friends and neighbors here in the West Tennessee Community. The United Way will also be honoring donor designations totaling over $216,000 to other designated organizations, not partnered with UWWT. All funding will be for a one-year cycle.

The United Way of West Tennessee (UWWT) has volunteers organized into 8 region committees representing its 14 counties. These volunteers review applications sent in by agencies that have applied for funding, and decide which programs can best positively affect our communities. UWWT focuses on funding programs that advance the Common Good and work to create opportunities for a better life for all in three areas; Education, Income and Health.

Roy Heatherly, President & Publisher of the Jackson Sun and Chair of the UWWT Board praised the donors and volunteers that made this possible saying, “West Tennessee is made up of many loving and caring communities. These generous gifts reflect thousands of donors and hundreds of volunteers without whom none of this would be possible. We want to thank each donor and each volunteer who strengthen our community and support those in need. Everyday West Tennessee is truly living United.”

Under the guidance of Dr. Andre Temple, the Vice Chair of UWWT Community Impact and Economic Development Specialist for the UT Institute for Public Service, this past year United Way has implemented an improved and more efficient reporting procedure that focuses on the impact the Partner Agencies and Programs are making through United Way funding. “This past year partner agencies, volunteers and staff members across West Tennessee have worked diligently to implement new United Way procedures designed to quantify and report the many positive contributions each agency delivers to our West Tennessee communities every day. As a result, I believe all parties will be better equipped to share their success stories with our community. Moreover, throughout this (win-win) process, I have developed a deeper appreciation and thankfulness to everyone regarding their efforts to increase the quality of life for all West Tennesseans.”

In the Madison, Crockett, Hardeman and Chester County Region $508,968 is being invested into 25 programs run by 20 partner agencies. The 2012-2013 Partner Agencies and Programs for this Region are American Red Cross - Jackson Area Chapter: Single Family Disaster ($55,000), Area Relief Ministries: Homeless Services ($55,000), Boy Scouts of America - West TN Council: Youth Development ($4,510), Boys & Girls Club: Power Hour - Project Learn, SMART Moves, and Summer Learning Loss ($93,897), Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse: Child Advocacy and Relative Caregiver ($19,417), Dream Center: Transitional Housing ($40,000), Girl Scouts - Heart of the South: Leadership Training ($3,000), Jackson Center for Independent Living: Accessible Housing ($12,000), JACOA: Parkview House for Women ($8,417), Madison Haywood Developmental Services: Day Services ($5,500), Salvation Army: Emergency Assistance ($25,000), STAR: Assistive Technology Services($28,000), SWHRA: Home Delivered Meals($40,000), T.A.M.B.: Aspell Recovery Center ($22,343), Therapy & Learning Center: Early Intervention Education and Pediatric Therapy Services ($40,417), West Madison Senior Citizens Center: Recreational Activities ($4,200), West TN Hearing & Speech Center: Language Camp and Speech & Hearing Screenings ($3,300), WRAP: Shelter ($34,417), YMCA: Youth Wellness & Fitness ($10,000), and Youth Town: Adolescent Alcohol & Drug Treatment ($4,550).

United Way of West Tennessee’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living United means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future.

United Way of West Tennessee is a local, volunteer-driven organization that helps strengthen the communities it serves by supporting health and human service non-profits in the area. To learn how you can help, please contact United Way of West Tennessee at (731) 422-1816 or visit us on the web at, and remember when we reach out a hand to one, we impact the condition of all.
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