United Way of Blount County meets national membership requirements

Michelle Hankes, President and Chief Executive Officer, announced that the United Way of Blount County has successfully completed all of the United Way of America membership requirements to become certified by the national organization.

National certification is a thorough process which includes a survey that captures the full extent of a community’s resource development efforts during the year and a report of the United Way’s annual income and expenses. Over and above the annual requirements, United Way of Blount County completed a mandatory organizational self-assessment in 2006.

“The membership requirements must be certified annually in order for us to remain a member of the United Way,” stated Hankes. “It is important for us to maintain high standards of accountability, and this is part of the process to confirm that our operations are transparent and meet or exceed United Way membership requirements.”

The board of United Way of Blount County reviewed and approved the Membership Requirements Certification in April. The certification mandates completion of 13 requirements for United Way of America membership along with verification of the status of 44 indicators that a United Way demonstrates the intent of the membership requirements.

“It is critical that all United Ways meet the highest standards and verify on paper that they have conformed to the requirements of membership in the United Way system,” said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO, United Way of America. “We applaud United Way of Blount County’s accountability efforts that support its important work to improve lives and build a stronger community.”

As an integral part of Blount County, United Way advances the common good by promoting self-sufficiency, strengthening and supporting families, helping kids succeed, protecting community well-being, and improving people’s health.

Each local United Way must complete United Way of America’s requirements annually in order to retain its United Way of America membership.

For more information, visit liveunitedblount.org or call 865-982-2251.

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