Spotlight on United Way of Wilson County & the Upper Cumberland

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Join Cynthia Whittaker Putman this week for WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show as she welcomes special guest from United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland, Campaign Coordinator Mistie Ragland. They discuss opportunities for local donation dollars to support local programs in our area.

During this holiday season, many folks are often interested in programs in their communities that serve different populations and those in need. But a challenge can be choosing which organizations to support as well as feeling confident that the money stays in our community and has the most impact. United Way is a good option because it makes a big impact in many local organizations and programs right in our own backyards.

Ragland, who joined United Way in October of 2015, works closely with area programs to share the impact that United Way has on the Upper Cumberland. Prior to joining United Way, Ragland served the community in various roles with Genesis House, MCHRA, and the Department of Human Services.

Ragland stresses that the money raised locally stays local. United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland is proud to serve our community in Middle Tennessee.

Counties served include:

  • Clay

  • Cumberland

  • DeKalb

  • Fentress

  • Jackson

  • Macon

  • Putnam

  • Overton

  • Smith

  • Trousdale

  • Van Buren

  • White

  • Wilson

From child advocacy to adult ed, mental health issues and programs for children and adults with special needs, as well as meals for those struggling to have enough food, there is no shortage of different types of programs that receive support from United Way. Click here to check out a list of programs that members of our community were able to support through the gifts to United Way.

To Make A Donation

United Way uses the funds in your community, and benefits many in need through our partner programs. Get started with your donation today by clicking here.

For more information call:615.443.1871 or email

Learn More about Corporate Campaigns

United Way chapters have traditionally relied on corporate donors and employee campaigns which require an assisted campaign coordinator and payroll deductions to facilitate giving. As a result, campaigns were typically held by larger companies with many employees and the resources necessary to hold a campaign.

Corporate campaigns make it easy for anyone to make a difference. Any sized company, civic group, organization, church, community, etc. can now hold their own campaigns without the resources of larger organizations. Because donors use their own debit/credit cards to make donations, it makes it easy to track campaign progress and donations with no paperwork or you may opt for our traditional process by downloading the forms here.

You can register to start your own United Way corporate campaign on behalf of a company by contacting United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland. Once you are approved, your campaign becomes active - and you can help support United Way by promoting online donations and giving through your campaign!

Curious what a successful campaign might entail? Check out this handy guide:

There are many ways to be involved. Payroll deduction is the most common way that companies and individuals give to United Way.

Here are some ideas to encourage participation and increase your company's United Way campaign contribution.

Requesting Funding from United Way:

Ragland encourages anyone who is interested in in the United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland funding to submit a request. The funding cycle is currently closed but United Ways application process typically opens in January. Please check back at the beginning of the year for more information on the funding application process. Ragland also shared the information about who is able to apply and what the funding guidelines consist of.

You are eligible to apply if your organization provides health and human services to individuals in one or more of the following counties: Clay, Cumberland, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Putnam, Smith, Trousdale, Van Buren, White, Wilson. Please take time to familiarize yourself with our funding guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Mistie Ragland at 931.409.0386 or or 

Jennifer Pitt at 615.443.1871 or


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM

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