Power of the Purse


What an amazing evening for Women United! On Friday, May 6, 2022, over 300 women gathered at the Schnormeier Event Center to enjoy great BBQ, ice cream from Round Hill Dairy, donate money to local Women United causes, bid on purses, and enjoy an amazing show made possible by local men, willing to put themselves on the stage to raise money for women and children in Knox County! It was a new venue, which provided some challenges, but the members of Women United and the United Way Board worked together to set up, tear down, run the raffle, and Bag Lady Boulevard stations and organized the models and waiters. All of the hard work paid off as $120,000 was raised to fund programs supporting women and children in Knox County. The Women United Founders met on August 18, 2022 and made the following recommendations for funding:

Knox Public Health—Family Preservation Project, $700.00

Funds will be used to create “mindfulness bags” (journals, stress balls, fidgets, etc.) that children will use when their parents are working with the new Family Preservation Advocate.

LifePoint Church—Backpacks of Hope Program, $2,500.00

Funds will be used to stuff backpacks with food for children on the weekends (when out of school).

Twin Oak Elementary-- “Who Wants to Be a Princess When You Can Be a Scientist?” Program, $1,024.11

Funds will be used to purchase lab coats for 5th-grade students at Twin Oak Elementary during their ROX program (the applicant is a newly trained ROX facilitator—training was sponsored by UWKC).

The Center for Cancer Care at Knox Community Hospital—Oncology Patient Financial Assistance Program, $3,500

This project will provide oncology patients with gas cards for transportation to and from cancer treatments ($2,000 for 80 $25 gift cards) and assistance with medications ($1,500) not covered through insurance (anti-nausea, pain, inflammation, treatment for mouth sores, hair loss, etc.).

Hope Now Furniture Bank—Beds for Kids Program, $3,600.00

Funds will be used to purchase 12 single mattresses, 12 box springs, and 12 bedding for children.

Fredericktown United Methodist Church – Buddy Break Program, requested $2,000 Funds will be used to purchase activities and craft supplies for families utilizing respite services. The program supports families who have children with special abilities.

New Directions—ROX (Ruling Our Experiences) Summer Camp, $4,500

New Directions would like to host the first-ever KNOX ROX Summer Camp for girls in summer 2023. This camp would be 5 days, 6 hours per day. Two funding requests were submitted: (* used in calculations below) $4500 will send 48 girls to camp

Wiggin Street City Project, $1,209.90

The City Project, provided to kindergarten and 3rd graders at Wiggin Street, gives children the opportunity to take on roles as city employees (firefighter, grocery store, pet store, beautician, etc.). They learn about various jobs in the community, provide/utilize services to classmates, practice counting money, etc. Funds will be used to purchase supplies for the “city” and various job roles.

TouchPointe—Knox Works Follow-Up Assistance, $1,500.00

Funds will be utilized to support clients with car payments, car repairs, and assistance with obtaining driver’s licenses.

Designated Funds from the Power of the Purse

Dolly Parton Imaginary Library  $2,300

New Directions $6,200

Chris Fit Scholarships $9,500

Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) $26,500

Women United will continue to accept grant applications until all funds are exhausted.

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2023 Power of the Purse Date: Friday May 12, 2023

If you have questions, please contact United Way at 740.397.5721 or email lindsay@uwayknox.org.