United Way of Blount County is advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people have good health. That's why United Way is focused on the building blocks for a better life by supporting programs that help kids succeed, strengthen and support families, promote self-sufficiency, improve people's health, and protect community well-being. Our goal is to create lasting changes in our community by addressing the root causes of Blount County's problems. Together, we can accomplish more than any single group can on its own. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED


Our President

Jennifer Wackerhagen,
President & CEO

Jennifer is a 1993 graduate of Alcoa High School and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Tennessee in 1997. She started working at United Way in 2001 as Communications & Marketing Director and was promoted to Vice President of Resource Development in 2006. She was named President & CEO of United Way of Blount County in August 2013. She is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Blount and a 2008 graduate of East Tennessee Regional Leadership. In 2010, she received the Leadership Blount Alumni Service Award. Jennifer was also nominated for the Athena Leadership Award in 2015 and 2018.

Jennifer is thankful for the opportunity to lead United Way of Blount County. She said there's no place she'd rather be than serving our community with a talented staff, volunteers, and her family by her side.

Meet Our Staff


Lisa Atkinson
Community Resource Coordinator


Alyssa Ikner
Finance & Administration Manager


Marie Owen
Administrative Coordinator


Amy Roberts
Events Coordinator


Julie Stansberry
Communications Manager


Jennifer Wackerhagen
President & CEO


Wendy Wand
Director of Community Impact

Emily Mantooth

Emily Mantooth
Resource Development Manager


Our Location

The office of United Way of Blount County is located at:

‌ 1615 East Broadway Avenue
      Maryville, TN 37804

From Knoxville, take Alcoa Highway to Pellissippi Parkway (I-140 East). At the end of the parkway, turn right onto East Broadway Avenue. The United Way of Blount County Office is 2.5 miles on the right.

Our 2018 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Adriel McCord
First Tennessee Bank,

Dr. Cathy Hammon
University of Tennessee,
Immediate Past Chair

Mike Honeycutt
Chair Elect/Community Impact Chair

Kathy Johnson

Regina Jennings
Pinnacle Financial Partners,
Campaign Chair

Kurt Wilkerson
Director at Large

Bob Booker
DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.,
Director at Large

Members of the Board

Phyllis Crisp
Blount County Government

Betsy Cunningham
Y-12 Federal Credit Union

Caitlin Darras
Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority

Tammi Ford
Blount Partnership

Kim Golly

Jeff Ingle
Maryville College

Sempangi Jones

Anna Love
Vanquish Worldwide

Kelly Love Manning
Kizer & Black

Steve White
Community Volunteer

Dr. Mike Winstead
Maryville City Schools

Our History

Chartered in June 1954, Mr. H.L. Miller became the first President of United Community Fund of Blount County's Board of Directors. The board began planning a fall campaign right away. Mr. Dick Goddard was asked to be the Campaign Chairman for this young and growing charity organization. In that year, $86,150 was raised to assist 14 agencies that provided help to hundreds of people in our community.

In 1973, the Board of Directors voted to change the organization's name to United Way of Blount County (UWBC). That year $229,132 was raised under the leadership of Campaign Chair Dean Stone. That money helped 17 agencies make a difference in the lives of people of Blount County. In 1997, UWBC began program funding, and over 50 people participated in the allocations process. UWBC celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2004. That year, UWBC moved into a new facility and the campaign raised $1,850,424 for our partner agencies with the help of our Campaign Chair Greg McClain and a host of volunteers.

In 2008, UWBC hired new President & CEO Michelle Hankes following Sandra Davis' retirement after 17 years with United Way. In that same year, volunteers began to spearhead an incentive to create measurable goals to improve self-sufficiency, education and health in Blount County. Over 75 people attended focus groups and created 5 year goals and prioritized sub-categories for each benchmark and community need.

In 2013, UWBC hired new President & CEO Jennifer Wackerhagen, who most recently was Vice President of Resource Development at United Way of Blount County. That same year, United Way raised over $2 million in the annual campaign.

UWBC fights for the health, education and self-sufficiency of every person in Blount County.

To view our Daily Times insert highlighting our 60th anniversary, click here!


Click here for the
2017 Annual Report
Click here for the
2017 990
Click here for the
2017 Audit
Click here for the
2017 Financial Statement
Click here for the
IRS tax exempt
determination letter

Job Openings

We currently do not have any job openings at this time.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are core values for United Way of Blount County. We aspire to involve every segment of the community in every aspect of our work and to demonstrate our commitment to and accountability for an inclusive environment in which differences are recognized, respected, valued and celebrated.