United Way of Williamson County Patricia Hart Society to honor local childcare icon as 2017 Woman of Inspiration

Jan. 17, 2017


Where do children go when their parents have to work, but can’t afford childcare costs? For years, this was an issue that plagued Williamson County. So, in 1971, the Church Women of Franklin opened the doors to Community Child Care to offer affordable, safe and nurturing childcare for children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years old.

When Hattie Baines, a young educator with an education degree from Tennessee State University and a passion for nurturing children, learned of the new facility, she was quickly hired on.

And for the next 45 years, she devoted herself to providing children in Williamson County’s underserved populations with strong educational foundations in an environment where they could grow and thrive.

On Dec. 30, 2016, Hattie officially retired as Executive Director of Community Child Care, but the effects of her leadership will remain felt for a long time. Hattie has inspired countless numbers of people — teaching young parents that temporary situations did not have to become permanent, and inspiring all she meets to really see the needs of the community and cast their nets wider to address those needs.

So, it’s only fitting that Baines is this year’s Patricia Hart Society Woman of Inspiration.

On Feb. 10, United Way of Williamson County will hold its annual HeART to Heart Luncheon, this year honoring Baines for her decades of work caring for the community’s children and services to the Williamson County community.

The event, which will be held at Embassy Suites Cool Springs in Franklin, opens at 11 a.m. with a silent auction, and lunch will be served beginning at 12:10 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $50 and are available now at uwwc.org/heart-to-heart-luncheon/ or by contacting Debby Rainey at 615-771-2312 or drainey@uwwc.org.

Funds raised by the event go directly to support community programs that work to remove barriers to learning, reduce burdens of financial need and support the community’s most vulnerable. The Patricia Hart Society was founded by local women who wanted to use their strengths, experiences and resources to engage women in improving lives. Society member Patricia Hart lent her name to the organization because she believes that “extraordinary things happen when women come together.”

Sponsors for this year’s HeART to Heart Luncheon include Ford, Century II, Simmons, Nissan North America, Atmos Energy, Fifth Third Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.
About the United Way of Williamson County Patricia Hart Society

The Patricia Hart Society is a group of dedicated women in Williamson County who support the needs of the community and have joined together to encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to help in the work of United Way. The vision of the Patricia Hart Society, named after Williamson County community volunteer, philanthropist and advocate Patricia Hart, is to create an opportunity for women to take a leadership role in positively impacting the community. To find out more, please visit uwwc.org/patriciahart or call 615-771-2312.