Q: What is required when conducting a United Way campaign?

A: Generally companies offer their associates the opportunity to give through payroll deduction. We can tailor campaigns to meet the needs of individual companies. Some other suggestions for successful campaigns are: Presentations at prescheduled company meetings (10-15 minutes) Speakers can be scheduled to participate in company meetings (20-25 minutes) Other opportunities available that create greater awareness of the health and human services available in our community Agency tours Days of Caring (a hands-on volunteer opportunity scheduled for September)

Q: Who decides where the contributions go?

A: Community volunteers, knowledgeable of local needs, study and monitor the agencies and programs to make sure all monies are invested where they will do the most good

Q: How can I get my business involved in a United Way campaign?

A: We welcome new workplace campaigns and would love to come and speak with you about how to become involved and participate in the annual campaign. Please call the development staff at 615-771-2312.

Q: Who do I call if I need help?

A: Throughout Middle Tennessee you can dial 2-1-1 (or out of area call 800-318-9335), for assistance from trained professionals who will refer you to agencies who can help. You can also go to the Partner Agency page of our web site to locate information for a particular agency. Please feel free to call any of these agencies for assistance if you are in need.

Q: If I work outside of Williamson County, but I participate in a workplace campaign, how can I be sure my money will go to fund my local community?

A: If you work outside of Williamson County, write “Williamson County” on your United Way pledge card in the designation space provided or ask your United Way representative to show you how to designate your gift to Williamson County. By writing “Williamson County” on your pledge card, you can ensure your gift will be used to help your local community.

Q: Does United Way of America set the policy for local United Ways?

A: There are approximately 1,400 United Ways across the country. Each has its own mission and regulations. Therefore, each United Way is separate from one another and has its own local, volunteer, Board of Directors that makes decisions about what best meets the community’s unique needs.

Q: Does United Way fund Planned Parenthood?

A: United Way of Williamson County has not funded any programs of Planned Parenthood, nor have they been a partner agency with our organization. Gifts to United Way of Williamson County do not go to Planned Parenthood unless a donor designates otherwise.

We have included below an additional statement from United Way Worldwide for further clarification on this subject:

United Way Worldwide, the leadership and support organization for the network of local United Ways, does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood.

All funding decisions by local United Ways are made by individual United Ways based on an assessment of local needs. United Way Worldwide does not dictate funding decisions to local United Ways. Out of nearly 1,200 local United Ways in the United States, only a small number (less than 6 percent) provide support to Planned Parenthood. The amount of financial support represents less than one tenth of one percent of total United Way revenue. In many of these instances, funding for Planned Parenthood is the result of specific requests from individual donors.

No United Way funds are currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services. Several local United Way partners provide professional family and individual counseling services, which include professional counseling on pregnancy-related problems. Local United Way-funded Planned Parenthood programs focus on community health maintenance (e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation) and strengthening services like counseling and family life education.

Q: My employees live in several different counties. Why United Way of Williamson County?

A: Your employees may give to the community of their choice by simply indicating their wishes in writing on their pledge card. You can ensure your gift will be used to help your local community.

Q: Does United Way fund the Boys Scouts?

A: United Way exists for one reason – to help us come together as one community to identify and work on the issues we agree are most important. The volunteers who lead United Way of Williamson County are continuing support for Boy Scout programs this year, placing the needs of local youth in our community above any other considerations. These volunteers, from all walks of life, grapple with extremely difficult decisions about where best to invest your contributions each year. Thousands of local boys – including hard-to-reach, low-income, at-risk youth – greatly benefit from Scouting’s proven record of safe, structured, after-school programs that foster self-esteem, build discipline and teach personal responsibility

Q: Why does affluent Williamson County need United Way?

A: Statistics show not every Williamson County resident is blessed with prosperity. There are still many rural areas in this county where people don’t have easy access to help for their needs. As the community continues to grow, so does the number of requests for services. Any one of us can face disease, natural disasters or crises at any time.

Q: What is the easiest way to contribute?

A: Payroll deduction is by far the most convenient method of contribution. A small amount is taken from your paycheck each pay day, allowing you to make a small contribution each week that can make a big difference in the course of a year.

Q: What if I don’t want my money to go to a certain agency?

A: Not every agency appeals to every donor, but all agencies have met the meticulous standards of our United Way, and the programs we fund meet needs within our seven impact areas. If you like, you can designate to any one agency that fits your needs.

Q: Are all United Ways the same?

A: There are approximately 1,400 United Ways across the country that exist in their respective communities. These United Ways exist to build partnerships and leverage resources to create plans for long-lasting community change. Though United Ways share a logo and have similar missions, each United Way is independently incorporated and is led by local staff and volunteers. The work of each United Way is determined by its community needs.

Q: Why should I give to the United Way?

A: Charitable giving is a personal and voluntary decision, and the United Way encourages you to do what is most comfortable to you. A gift to the United Way is an investment that benefits the entire community, not just one program, issue, or population.