Census 2020

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a partner, we will be working to make sure our community is accurately represented in the upcoming decennial count.
The census counts everyone in the United States. Census results are the basis for congressional representation and help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed each year to support vital programs in states and communities across the country. These funds shape local health care, housing, education, transportation, employment, and public policy.

Be sure to count everyone who lives in your home on your 2020 Census form. This includes babies and young children, who are often missed in the census. Not counting newborn babies and children impacts support for programs such as children’s health insurance, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development. It is important to count all the babies and children in your home, even if they aren’t related to you or are only staying with you temporarily.  Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, DHS, or ICE.
Learn more at 2020CENSUS.GOV.


ALICE, a United Way acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working but unable to afford basic necessities.

United Way is igniting a movement where nonprofits, corporations, policymakers, and the faith community can better understand and address the problems faced by hardworking Tennesseans.

This data helps us understand our communities in new ways, helping us address root causes, and ultimately measure results. We bring together national, regional, and local data for a picture of our community.

39% of our State is struggling economically. 15% is considered poor, and 24% are considered ALICE. 1 in 3 are just one emergency away from falling into poverty.

Through community investments, collaborations, and advocacy, Roane County United Way remains committed to uplifting ALICE and ensuring all Roane County citizens have opportunities to advance their financial stability.


Emergency Food and Shelter Program: Phase 36

Roane County has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding is a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

            Roane County will receive $8,470 (SSA funding) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs which serve Roane County residents.

A local board, made up of local government representatives, agency representatives and the United Way of Roane County will determine how the funds awarded to Roane County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies who serve Roane County residents. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funding made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • Be nonprofit or an agency of government
  • Have a checking account and sign up for EFT (cash payments are not allowed)
  • Have an accounting system or fiscal agent approved by the Local Board
  • Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and provide along with other required associated information;
  • Have a valid email address for program communication and electronic signature processes;
  • Conduct annual audit, if expending $750,000 or more in Federal funds.
  • Be providing services and using its’ other resources in the area in which they are seeking funding;
  • Practice nondiscrimination (those agencies with a religious affiliation wishing to participate in the program must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance, nor will such groups engage in any religious proselytizing in any program receiving EFSP funds;
  • Have a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit
  • To the extent practicable, involve homeless individuals and families, through employment, volunteer programs, etc., in providing emergency food and shelter service
  • Funding given through this grant must go toward the support of Roane County citizens. The award amount designated for each civil jurisdiction is used to provide assistance to individuals within that jurisdiction.

All qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Agencies interested in applying for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Phase 36 funds must contact Corinne Shaw at the Roane County United Way for an application. Your application must be submitted back to Corinne Shaw by: Thursday, September 5th , 2019

Contact can be made by phone: 865-882-7711 or by e-mail: