TENNESSEE SCHOLARS INITIATIVE
A program sponsored by United Way of Humphreys County, in partnership with Scepter, Inc.,and United Way of Benton County, in partnership with Ray and Wilma Smith, to encourage students to take a more rigorous path of study that better prepares them for their futures. A $500 scholarship is awarded each year to a senior at McEwen High and Waverly Central High and a senior at Big Sandy School and Camden High. A major component of the TN Scholars Program is community volunteer service. Currently, TN Scholars must have completed 40 hours of community service during their high school years. Beginning in 2013, TN Scholars must have 80 hours. (See Youth Volunteerism tab for ideas.) To find out more in Humphreys County, contact United Way Community Impact Chair Eva Rushton or the guidance counselors at MHS, MJHS, WCHS, or WJHS. To find out more in Benton County, contact United Way Community Impact Chair Janice Taylor or the guidance counselors at Big Sandy School, CHS, or CJHS.
“STUFF THE BUS”- An initiative at the beginning of each school year to collect school supplies for the youth of Humphreys County and the youth of Benton County. If you’d like to join this effort, please call the United Way office at 931.296.4588.
|What is 2-1-1? 211 provides a free, easy to use, comprehensive information and referral system which links people in need with appropriate health and human service resources. Thousands of individuals and families search every day for financial assistance, food, or shelter. Individuals looking for help can spend precious time calling numerous organizations and be passed through a confusing maze of agencies and services before finding the right one. By making services easier to access, 211 encourages prevention and fosters self-sufficiency. Much like dialing a three-digit number for directory assistance or emergency help, 211 is a universal number and a free call that creates a critical connection between an individual in need and the appropriate human-service resources. By dialing 211, individuals can also be matched with volunteer and donor opportunities. For more information about 2-1-1, go to the Tennessee 2-1-1 Website: www.211tn.org
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
A grant was secured in 2011 to offer this initiative, which provides free income tax assistance to individuals with an annual income of $49,000 or less. The 2011 VITA site in Benton Co. is the Benton Co. Public Library in Camden and in Humphreys Co. is the Waverly First United Methodist Church. To schedule an appointment, you may call 931-703-5612.