What does United Way of East TN Highlands do?

United Way of East TN Highlands is a 501c3 non-profit organization that raises and allocates funds for more than 40 programs pertaining to improvement in health, education and financial stability administered by itself and 21 partner agencies in our community.  We bring people and organizations together to do more together than any of us can do on our own. Employers, nonprofits, government, faith organizations, educators, labor, health providers, community leaders, youth and many others partner with us. Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest issues. We’re after solutions that create real change. It’s not simple, or easy. But we’re making progress and seeing results.

How much of my donation actually goes toward helping others?

With combined administrative, non-operating and fundraising expenses of 12%, 88 cents of every dollar goes directly to help your neighbor.

What is a United Way Campaign?

The United Way workplace campaign unites employees in all offices or branches of a company, and gives them an opportunity to donate, volunteer and speak out for causes that matter to them. You can see the results of successful programming right in your community because funds stay local.

Why should I give to United Way instead of directly to one of their partner agencies?

While our partner agencies certainly rely on and appreciate direct donations, they have applied to and been chosen as United Partners for maximum community building impact.  Donors know partner programs have been well vetted for both effectiveness and fiscal responsibility.  Being a United Way partner gives agencies and programs access to additional funding, volunteers and other area social services professionals.  By working together, duplication of services can be reduced as well.

How does United Way of Washington County decide how much funding each partner receives?

It doesn’t!  Thirty community members from a wide range of ages, genders, races and socio-economic backgrounds are assembled each year to form an Allocations Team.  Team members visit the agencies, speak with directors (and participants when appropriate), review program descriptions and financials then meet to determine how to allocate funds raised the previous year to be of the greatest benefit for our community. 

How can I be certain you don’t support organizations that with which I disagree?

Please click here to view the programs for which we provide funding. All donations we receive support only the programs listed.


United Way of East TN Highlands fights for the health of our community by partnering with programs that provide physical, dental and mental health care to our most vulnerable neighbors.


United Way of East TN Highlands fights for the education of our community by partnering with programs that work to ensure that children and teens have access to the materials, instruction and support they need to be successful students.

Financial Stability

United Way of East TN Highlands fights or the financial stability of our community by partnering with programs that assist individuals and families with basic necessities as well as career training, financial management skills and protection for the elderly from financial abuse.

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Your donation will make a difference in our community.


United Way brings communities together to focus on the most important human needs-building partnerships, forging consensus and leveraging resources to make a measurable difference.


United Way of East TN Highlands serves Washington, Carter, Johnson & Southern Sullivan Counties of Northeast Tennessee.

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