Partner Agencies

United Way of McMinn & Meigs Counties

Partner Agencies

     The funds raised by United Way and allocated to Partner Agencies are used to strengthen families, assure readiness for school and work, and to improve community health. United Way of McMinn and Meigs Counties continues its tradition of keeping operating costs below the national average, so more than 90% of the funds raised go to the agencies.


Athens-McMinn Family YMCA
P.O. Box 376, Athens, TN 37371-0376; (423) 745-4904.
Provides programs that promote good health, strong families, and youth programs (including daycare) based on Christian principles. Open to all regardless of the ability to pay.

Boys and Girls Club - Meigs Unit
17699 Highway 58, Decatur, TN  37322; (423) 790-8147.
Boys and Girls Club of the Ocoee Region, Meigs Unit aims to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.  

Etowah Area Senior Citizen Center
435 Cooper St., Etowah, TN  37331; (423) 781-7632
We provide education and activities that will enhance their lives by providing encouragement to them to remain active mentally, physically, and socially.

Etowah Rescue Squad
P.O. Box 151, Etowah, TN 37331; (423) 263-9312.
Professional emergency fire prevention and suppression, basic and specialized rescue, and safety education for eastern McMinn County on a volunteer basis.

Good Faith Clinic
P.O. Box 1517, Athens, TN 37302; (423) 745-4541
Meets primary health care needs of the uninsured through physician evaluations, consultations, diagnostic efforts, necessary medical testing, and medication. Call for information on clinic dates and sites.

The H.O.P.E. Center
P.O. Box 1561, Athens, TN 37371-1561; (423) 745-5289.
Provides shelter and support services for victims of partner abuse. Advocacy and community education services/programs are also available and are designed to prevent abuse

McMinn County Department of Juvenile Services
9 E. Madison Ave., Athens, TN 37303; (423) 745-8782.
Guidance of a preventative and rehabilitative nature for youth and parents. Services include: family assistance consultations, referral services, para-legal advice, preventative programs, school-based services, and community awareness. Community service work program for juvenile offenders.

McMinn County Educational & Community Foundation
619 Francis St., P.O. Box 2 Athens, TN  37371; (423) 744-5895
MCEF organizes, manages, funds, and/or participates in educational programs: Imagination Library, Eighth Grade Career Day, Youth Leadership, Teacher Mini-Grants, Stuff the Bus, and Newspapers in Education. Provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged adults in our community. 

McMinn County Rescue Squad
P.O. Box 214, Athens, TN 37371-0214; (423) 745-6666.
Volunteers provide fire fighting, search and rescue, and training services to residents of McMinn County.

Tri-County Center
P.O. Box 793, Athens, TN 37371-0793; (423) 745-8902.
Comprehensive services from evaluations to education for disabled adults. Programs include transportation, education, vocational training, supported employment, and residential services.

In order to be eligible for funding from the United Way of McMinn & Meigs Counties, the agency must meet the following criteria:

  • The organization is an incorporated nonprofit organization under the laws of the state of Tennessee and has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code. 
  • The organization must have been in operation and established as a 501(c)3 for at least two years to demonstrate it has a reasonable degree of continuity and permanence.
  • The organization has a Board of Directors that is an active, representative voluntary governing body, with regular meetings and is responsible for developing its mission, determining its strategic direction, and providing oversight.  The Board of Directors has inspected an approved annual audit or review, as well as the IRS Form 990.
  • The organization has bylaws that state the purpose of the organization, make provisions for the size of the Board of Directors, and provide rules for selection, tenure, number of officers and committees, financial and legal procedures, conflicts of interest, and quorum requirements.
  • The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that sufficient funds are available for the organization to meet its objectives.
  • The organization maintains current registration as a Charitable Organization with the Tennessee Secretary of State or has a current registration exemption from the Tennessee Secretary of State.
  • The organization must provide services in McMinn & Meigs Counties and its services are provided without discrimination in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.
  • The organization will adhere to the funding agreement and will provide all documentation and reports by established deadlines.  The organization will provide quarterly reports detailing revenue sources, expenses and the number of clients served.
  • The agency demonstrates reasonable efficiency in program management and adequacy of resources, both in materials and personnel (voluntary and paid) to sustain a quality level of service.
  • The agency must sign and comply with the Partner Agency Code of Conduct and educate agency employees and volunteers regarding the Code of  Conduct.
  • The organization certifies that all funds and donations will be used in compliance with all applicable anti-terrorist financing and asset control laws, statutes, and executive orders.
  • Eligibility for funding does not extend to individuals, school fundraisers, capital campaigns or endowments, sponsorships, marketing opportunities, event fundraisers, or sports events.


For more information about the fund allocation process, contact the United Way office by calling 423-745-9606 or via email at