The United Way of the Highland Rim has changed its name to United Way of Coffee and Moore Counties in order for people to better understand that it is the local United Way currently supporting 14 non-profits.
The announcement was made at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tullahoma during a breakfast prepared by Pastor Alex Hoffner and Richard Gross.
Brian Coate, 2012 UW President, welcomed everyone and introduced Pastor Hoffner, who gave the invocation. After breakfast, Brian introduced Sande Hayes, the Executive Director, who talked with Melissa Moore.
Moore is the grandmother of Kyle and Kaitlyn Lamb, who talked about their book bags filled with school supplies, and the clothes, shoes and physical exams they received through Moore Care, Inc., one of United Way’s agencies in Lynchburg.
Lynne Farrar, of CASA Works, Inc., spoke about how United Way provides money to help provide advocates for children who have no one to represent them in court cases, and staff to work with families who are in need.
Jason Ray, of the Tullahoma Utilities Board, talked about how easy it is to do payroll deduction, that once it is entered, you have a year before any changes are made, and usually that is only for anyone who has not been a part of the process in the past.
Lane Yoder, a board member — who was also the co-chairman with Jan Rayburn for the Pay It Forward Breakfast — got the crowd of business people excited about helping, and many gave donations, while also letting the United Way know how to make contact with them to talk about payroll deduction to their employees.
She also talked about the gold dollar that was at each seat, which was for the individual to go out and pass it on to someone in need. This is what United Way is all about.
Current president Judy Carter gave the closing remarks and then presented the signed football by Titans Coach and Hall of Fame recipient Coach Mike Munchak to Dawn Casey, President of the Moore Care, Inc. board, whose name was drawn at the close of the breakfast.
Since the breakfast, Hayes said that she has heard from a number of individuals who told her who they had given their dollars too.
Giving to United Way of Coffee and Moore Counties helps many agencies, which in turn are helping many people. The community itself helps keep this process going.