UWGK Nears $3M Raised in 2019

KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE – The United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) has raised $2,978,083.08, or 85.09% of its $3.5 million campaign goal. The dollars raised through the campaign remain within our Greater Kingsport community to improve lives within the areas of health, education and financial stability. UWGK can leverage funds to support 41 programs and 30 member agencies to sustain positive community impact. UWGK fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every member of the community.


AveNew Update

AveNew, a collaborative effort between the United Way of Greater Kingsport and other community representatives, is focused on the areas of drug education, prevention, community awareness and stigma reduction associated with substance use and misuse. AveNew will also work towards building resiliency in both children and adults through positive parenting programs. AveNew recognizes that successfully combatting this difficult issue requires a collective response from the community. 

To this point, AveNew recently had the opportunity to provide financial assistance to community organizations that were providing programs or plan to start initiatives in these key focus areas in the Greater Kingsport community. 15 organizations applied for funding by completing a grant application. Those applications were reviewed and rated based on criteria such as the program’s scope and impact, identified measures and outcomes, program readiness, and collaboration. AveNew is excited to announce that during 2019 a total of $39,210 were awarded in the form of eight (8) community grants.


Below are the programs that received funding and the organization they are associated with.


   Youth Coalitions - Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition (SCAD)

   Lock Box Program - Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition (SCAD)

   Opioid Education & Prevention Program – Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport

   Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) – Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport

   VRLAC & Health Education – A Step Ahead Foundation Tri-Cities

   Student Assistance Prevention Program – Holston Children and Youth

   Parent-Child Interaction Therapy – Covenant Counseling

   Parenting Intervention – Families Free


            United Way of Greater Kingsport is nearing the end of their campaign and is in need of donations from the community now more than ever. With the work of UWGK, 1400 lives are impacted every day. This level of impact helps to create a better community and a better life for all in the Greater Kingsport area.

            Individuals, companies, or organizations interested in donating to United Way’s work in key community issues are encouraged to visit www.uwaykpt.org to learn more. Contributions may be made directly to the organization by mailing a check to UWGK, 301 Louis Street, Suite 201, Kingsport, TN 37660. Easy to give online options are also available at www.uwaykpt.org/give. Inquiries may be made by calling (423) 378-3409, ext. 14.


United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) fights for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in our community. UWGK’s mission is to improve lives. Our vision is a better life for all.