About Us


The mission of United Way is to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

"Mobilizing the Caring Power of Communities"

United Ways bring communities together to focus on the most important human needs-building partnerships, forging consensus and leveraging resources to make a measurable difference. Focus areas are identified at the local level and vary from community to community.

Common focus areas include: helping children and youth succeed, strengthening and supporting families, promoting self-sufficiency, building vital and safe neighborhoods and supporting vulnerable and aging populations.


The history of the United Way in the United States goes back to 1887 in Denver, Colorado where the first federated Fund Raising Campaign was held.

Locally, the Johnson City Community Chest was organized in 1930 and continued until 1942 when it was deactivated. It was reactivated in 1949 and became the basis for the United Fund of Johnson City, Inc.

During 1972 this same organization began to use the name, United Way, and officially adopted the name, Johnson City Area United Way, Inc. As of January 1, 2009, the Johnson City Area United Way became the United Way of Washington County TN, Inc. The name was changed in order for it to more closely represent the service areas. The United Way of Washington County, TN is not only responsible for fund raising and the distribution of those funds to our member agencies; we also staff and operate the Volunteer Center of Johnson City.

The United Way also administers the funds of the Heisse Johnson Hand Up Fund as well as the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The United Way of Washington County, TN currently has four full-time and one part-time employees.