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Meredith Clark began her career at United Way of Greater Chattanooga in 2012 as a loaned executive and is now a part of the Impact team as the Director of Partner Relations. She enjoys coming to work every day. “The work we do is impactful and I love being a connector to help both United Way and Non-profits. I am a native of Chattanooga and I love this community” Said Clark.

Not only does Meredith have a passion for her career, she also volunteers along with her sister Malone as mentors to 8 year old Jaleria and 9 year old, Marcus at least once a month. “We felt that we wanted to get involved someway other than our job. I have volunteered since I was in college working with youth in the community,” says Clark. “My parents have poured into me my entire life and my family values giving back. And besides, my mentees are super cute.” Meredith has been with United Way of Greater Chattanooga for five years and she says she fights for stability. “I want every person in the community to have someone they can depend on.”

For almost 100 years United Way of Greater Chattanooga has been a trusted leader, mobilizing resources to address the community’s most pressing issues, resulting in solutions that create real, meaningful change for our friends, coworkers, families and community. We encourage our team to implement five core values; Impact is our business- Our value is more than money, Think we before me- Prioritize team and community over self, Own it- Be accountable for your actions, Challenge the process- Always seek a breakthrough to a better way, and Be the stretch- 50%/25%/25% learn continuously.

Thank you for Joining the Fight for Education, Stability and Support for every person in the community and having confidence in our team to follow through the process. United we fight. United we win. If you would like to find out more about partner relations or mentoring opportunities please visit unitedwaychatt.org.

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For years, Derek Dickerson held awesome jobs as a painter andgraphic design artist in Chattanooga, but he never understood why he hadtrouble keeping the jobs he loved. Over time, Derek developed an anxietydisorder,   was on disability for a medical condition, and was out ofwork for many years. Like many others in his situation, Derek isolated himselffrom everyone and faced depression. 

At United Way of Greater Chattanooga, we fight for Education,Support, and Stability for every person in the community. Because of handraisers and game changers like you, Derek has won that fight through ourBuilding Stable Lives program at the AIM Center. 

Derek found the courage to take the first step and received helpwith job search and support through the clubhouse program. Thanks to yourinvestment at United Way of Greater Chattanooga, Derek is an outstandingcitizen that holds a job, has a stable living situation, and recently purchasedhis own car.  

 Thankyou for Joining the Fight! United We fight. United We Win! Live UNITED!

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Thank you for Joining the Fight for Education!

Like many parents, Marcus and DarWaynia Dunson were ecstatic when they learned that they would be first time parents in February 2017. After celebrating, the Dunson’s began decorating their nursery, sharing the arrival of their bundle of joy with friends and family, and praying for a happy and healthy baby girl. But on November 18, 2016 their world changed forever. Their daughter Madisyn arrived three months early, weighing only 1lb and 2 ounces, and was immediately placed in the NICU.

Over the next three months, the NICU became the second home for the Dunsons. It was here that they learned reading to their daughter each day would help with any developmental delays. Wanting to do whatever they could to help, Marcus began reading his favorite comic books to his baby girl. One day, a nurse informed the family that they could receive free books each month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, funded by United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

Finally, Madisyn was released from NICU after three months. Family and friends would come to visit the Dunson home with the intention of reading Imagination Library books off of her book shelf to help with continued progress.

“There were so many victories and challenges in NICU. Having a micro preemie introduces you to a whole new world.” Said, Ms. Dunson, “But with great people in the community like United Way of Greater Chattanooga, it has helped bring our family closer together and help Madisyn along the way!”

Thank you for joining United Way of Greater Chattanooga in the fight for education, stability, and support for every individual in the TN Valley. Because of donors like you, all babies born in Hamilton County will be able to receive books from birth to five years old absolutely free to help with early literacy and help children become successful.

 

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