July 12th, 2021

At United Ways of Tennessee (UWTN), we fundamentally believe all citizens have a precious right to vote, and our civic engagement is essential and critical to our community’s future.  We are committed to fighting for the education, health, andfinancial stability of our communities. So, we are proud to partner withthe TN Secretary of State’s Office to help more people register and vote. Everyone wins when Tennesseans embrace civic responsibility, especially by voting.

In Tennessee it has never been easier to register to vote or to cast to a vote, and UWTN is fully committed to giving you the tools to both register to vote as well as cast your vote. We believe in being proactive in providing information from our state and local officials to support our organization’s commitment to civic involvement.

While we may not all agree politically, we can hopefully all agree that our state and our nation are stronger when all of us register to vote and exercise our right to vote on Election Day.

We understand that there are many reasons why you may not have voted in the past, but by voting, you can have an impact on your life, your community and future generations. One thing is for certain, when you do not vote, you place the keys to our form of government in the hands of the voters that do exercise their right to vote.

If you don’t vote, you are letting other people decide who gets to represent you. Local, state and national elected officials make decisions that affect our lives every day, including roads, schools, healthcare, parks and more.

While your vote may not be the deciding vote in an election, your vote still makes a difference especially in state and local elections. In Tennessee, there are races that were decided by only a handful of votes.  

The first step in becoming a voter is to register to vote.  You can register to vote, update your address or check your registration status with the Secretary of State’s fast, easy and secure online voter registration system,

Using a computer, phone or tablet, any U.S. citizen with a driver’s license or a photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security can register in minutes at A paper voter registration application is also available to download at

For more information about how to register to vote, go to or call the Division of Elections at 1-877-850-4959Your vote is your voice and your vote matters. That’s why if you are not registered to vote in Tennessee, we encourage you to take a few minutes and register today.

Please join us in our efforts to help our fellow citizens register and vote to make our communities stronger and to effect positive change in our government.  You can do that by simply sharing this social media campaign across your social media channels. 

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  • It’s never been easier to register to vote in Tennessee. So why wait? Register today in minutes with the Secretary of State’s fast and secure online voter registration system, We are proud to support #YourVoteMattersTN. #GoVoteTN
  • Are you #VoteReadyTN? Registering to vote has never been easier with the Tennessee Secretary of State’sfast and secure online voter registration system. Visit to register in minutes or make sure your info is up to date. #GoVoteTN #YourVoteMattersTN
  • We believe #YourVoteMattersTN. That’s why we’re encouraging all eligible Tennesseans to register to vote or make sure their info is up to date using the Secretary of State’s fast and secure online voter registration system, #GoVoteTN
  • Our state and our nation are stronger when we all vote. If you’re not #VoteReadyTN, register now with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s fast and secure online voter registration system, #YourVoteMattersTN #GoVoteTN
  • We believe your vote is your voice and #YourVoteMattersTN. If you’re not registered to vote in Tennessee, you can register in minutes with the Secretary of State’s fast and secure online voter registration system, #YourVoteMattersTN #GoVoteTN

Please tag us in any Your Vote Matters related posts: Twitter: @SecTreHargett, Facebook: Tennessee Secretary of State and Instagram: @tnsecofstate.

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COVID Survey Highlights Pandemic's Financial Effect on TN 

Erratum Note:

In the previously issued version of the COVID-19 Impact Survey: 2020 Tennessee Results Report, an error in the database lead to the incorrect ALICE Threshold categorization for households with income above $100,000. That issue has been corrected in the latest version, which now shows that 33% of respondents had income below the ALICE Threshold and 66% had income above the ALICE Threshold. All statistical analyses of the differences between these groups have also been updated (shown in gold boxes throughout the document).

United Ways of TN COVID-19 Impact Survey
Illuminates the Pandemic’s Financial Impact
on Tennesseans

Media Contact: Mary Graham 
Cell: 615-495-9970 
Email: [email protected]  
Date: 11/19/2020

Murfreesboro, TN – United Ways of Tennessee (UWTN) released a survey report which gives the first snapshot of how individual households have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey shows that contracting the virus is the top concern for most Tennesseans (80%), but a significant portion of respondents also have struggled with mental health issues, access to child care, and providing for basic needs. The survey report and additional information can be found here: 

Learn More About COVID's Impact on ALICE

UWTN conducted a COVID-19 Impact Survey in September to assess the financial and household burdens that the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused on our state’s families. The survey received more than 2000 responses from people of all income levels and with both urban and rural representation.

“United Way hopes these survey results will inform policymakers, advocates, and community leaders as we work towards recovery and a prosperous future for all Tennesseans,” said Mary Graham, president of UWTN.  “Financial struggles are real and deep.  Half of respondents said they had taken money out of savings, 30% increased credit card balances, and 30% applied for unemployment.”

“United Ways of Tennessee would like to remind all in our community who are struggling to provide for their families’ basic needs that 2-1-1 is a one-stop call for help. But please reach out for assistance as soon as possible. Do not wait until eviction or utility shutoff are imminent, because our community partners need time to determine eligibility and connect you to emergency resources if you qualify. Anyone can dial 2-1-1 or search for resources at Graham said.

The Tennessee Afterschool Network was a sponsor of this survey initiative because as expected, the results demonstrate that childcare and remote learning challenges are top of mind for parents in Tennessee. Just over half of parents noted that they had struggled with juggling work and child care, 45% have had concerns with helping with distanced learning, and 40% said child care issues impacted household members’ ability to work during the pandemic.

“Public investment to support accessible, affordable high-quality child care including afterschool and summer programming is essential to help our economy recover from the pandemic. Many parents to do not get to choose to work from home or step away from a career to care for children during a pandemic. We need safe child care to be ready and available for every phase of the recovery,” Graham said.

About United Ways of Tennessee

United Ways ofTennessee (UWTN) is the association of 32 United Ways, coming together for collective action to fight for the health, education and financial stability of everyone living in our state.  AsTennessee’s leading community solutions provider, we are the driving force behind many initiatives that provide solutions to the most critical needs.

About Tennessee Afterschool Network

The Tennessee Afterschool Network supports children, youth, families and communities by advocating and building capacity with a unified voice for sustainable investments in safe, healthy and nurturing afterschool, childcare, and summer experiences.


Posted by Kelley Nave

Attention advocates!  On March 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. Central (11 a.m. to noon Eastern), we will hold a webinar to prepare for the TN Afterschool Network/Save the Children/United Way Digital Week on the Hill from March 23 to 27. 

During this week, we will contact our legislators about our issues via email, mail, and phone, as well as educate them and the general public by sharing our message on social media.  Of note, in-person visits to legislators are also welcomed and encouraged. 

Message content will focus on anti-vaping legislation, TANF funds, and out-of-school-time programming.  Advocates will also receive general information around logistics and social media, as well as tips for engaging their legislators. 

In addition to materials housed on our resource pages (UWTN & TAN) , we will be sharing a template letter/email you can customize and use for your communications with legislators, as well as social media messaging.   

Please RSVP to [email protected] to ensure you receive all the materials you’ll need for the call on Monday.

Call-in information is: 
Dial-in Number:  1-712-775-7031
Meeting ID:  611-496-968

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