Day of Caring luncheon

2018 Day of Caring Kickoff Luncheon

It was a near perfect beautiful October fall day as United Way of Bedford County celebrated Day of Caring and the Kickoff Luncheon for the 2018 campaign.

Sanford and Jostens, both under the Newell Brand umbrella responded with large numbers of volunteers. First Community Bank also had a team in place.

We cannot thank all of you enough. Next year, with so many volunteers available, we plan to expand the partners we will serve.

Some of the partners who received help during the morning hours were First Choice Pregnancy, Boys and Girls Clubs, Great Strides, Caregiver Relief, Senior Citizens Center, Child Development Center and the Bedford County Humane Association.

More than 160 people gathered at the large pavilion at H.V. Griffin Park for a chicken dinner buffet hosted and sponsored by Tyson Foods. Tina Winslow coordinated the effort, which is always delicious.

The Board of Directors for United Way of Bedford County wants to thank everyone who found the time to volunteer. Everyone is also pleased so many enjoyed the lunch.

Special thanks to Mike Alsup, director of the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department, and his staff for making the event possible at the park.

Also a big thank you is extended to the Times-Gazette, especially John Carney, who not only covered the event but graciously offered the blessing for the food.

It is campaign season for 2019 and many of you will be offered the chance to enroll in a payroll deduction plan. Also, it is now possible to donate on the web at

This is an extremely important campaign. The need is great for so many in Bedford County. All money raised locally benefits local partners. Please help us to provide even more assistance.

The Senior Citizens class at the Shelbyville Recreation Center made a contribution to "Stuff the Bus"

2018 Stuff the Bus Campaign

The annual “Stuff the Bus” drive was a great success this season as United Way of Bedford County teamed with the Bedford County Board of Education to collect school supplies.

Yellow boxes were furnished around town during the month of July. The official date for “Stuff the Bus” was July 28 at the Walmart in Shelbyville. You can see and read more in the article from the Times Gazette.

“We want to thank the many people who made purchases of school supplies as well as those who made financial contributions,” Mark McGee, United Way of Bedford County executive director, said. “The weather was perfect and so many responded to the needs of local school children who might not otherwise have the proper supplies for school this year.

“Walmart was once again a great host. And we also want to thank Kenny Parker for delivering the bus to the event.”

Members of the Cascade Interact Club, including Tori Hull and Savanah Emery, helped with the collection of supplies. Also active in helping during the event were UW board chairman Joseph Forsee, his wife, Carye, and their daughter, Elizabeth.  Board member Vickie Hull also helped with the collection of items along with Connie Boutwell and Marilyn Morgan from the Bedford County Board of Education.

Also providing assistance were Glen Forsee, who picked up many filled boxes, Linda Forsee who assisted with inventorying supplies and Margaret and Mitchell McGee who helped deliver boxes.

Community Middle School, Jostens, Musgrave Pencil Company, Newell Brands and Shepenco provided cartons of various supplies.

Tyson Foods presented a check for $758.95 as well as collecting supplies from employees at the production facility.

Several generous cash contributions were made by individuals as well with Tennova Healthcare collecting both supplies and money.

Boxes were available at the Bedford County Republican Party, H.B. Cowan Insurance, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, FirstBank, First Community Bank, Heritage South Community Credit Union, Peoples Bank of Middle Tennessee, Pinnacle Financial, Regions Bank, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette and Traders Bank.

“The response was overwhelming,” McGee said. “The need to help thousands of students is great.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for all they did for us. We are hopeful for an even bigger response next year.”