The United Way Fall Campaign is now underway. “In this our 21st United Way Fall Campaign, the challenges are great,” said Judy McGuire.  “Our goal is $40,000, which will help 16 human care agencies who applied for United Way funding.  The needs of our community continue to grow, and the agencies do an incredible job of serving Johnson County.   Every day someone uses one of those agencies.  The volunteer fire departments are continually updating and/or rebuilding their equipment to better serve.  They are responsible for the cost of their own training and better training is critical.  In 2018 United Way will be funding 2nd District, Trade, Neva, Dry Run, Butler, Doe Valley, as well as Shady Valley Volunteer Fire Departments.”
Other agencies who receive funding from the Johnson County United Way are as follows: the American Red Cross who assist in helping victims of single family fires in Johnson County; the Imagination Library, bringing the gift of reading to children from birth to age five.  Every month more than 650 children receive a free and age appropriate book delivered to their homes; the Johnson County 4-H, dedicated to helping our youth develop life skills. The United Way funding helps by providing camperships to those children wanting to attend camp.
Additionally, another recipient, the Johnson County Cancer Support Group, provides emotional, material and financial helps to cancer patients dealing with the hardships of this terrible disease. Johnson County Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors also receives funding as they provide a variety of heating options that include wood, kerosene, electric, and propane to those seniors unable to afford the cost of heating. Johnson County Safe Haven, a shelter for women and children when the situation in their own homes becomes intolerable because of domestic abuse, will also receive funding from the Johnson County United Way.
“Johnson County Senior Center is an amazing experience for anyone over 55,” said McGuire.  “Every day sees 100 plus people gathering for a meal, conversation, games, and other daily activities.” The senior center will also receive funding from the United Way of Johnson County. According to McGuire, the Legal Aid of East Tennessee has also applied for assistance as it provides legal assistance to victims of domestic abuse and works closely with our own Safe Haven.
Mountain City Community Center, another recipient of the generosity of Johnson Countians, is a busy wholesome environment offering many programs and services to our children.  “United Way is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to children attending the annual Oak Tree Day Camp,” said McGuire. “All of the people involved with these agencies are completely committed to serving Johnson County and they are making a big difference in the way we live our life. Please help them by helping United Way,” said McGuire.  “Your donations stay in the county helping you and your neighbors.
Board members for the Johnson County United Way include: President Ruth Ann Osborne,
Treasurer Judy McGuire, and board members Flo Bellamy, Bobbie Smith, Leni Smith, Brianna Reece, RoseEdda Slemp, Norma Sutherland, Frank Arnold, Tom Neaves, Priscilla Davis and Kim Pope.