United Way Announces New Director of Agency and Volunteer Relations

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties recently announced the hiring of Stephanie Patton as its new Director of Agency and Volunteer Relations. Patton came to United Way from Regions Bank where she has served in various roles, including Branch Manager and Business Banker, since 1998. The Director of Agency and Volunteer Relations is responsible for managing the allocation process, including the panel of volunteers who determine the amount of funds to be received by each partnering agency and program. Patton will also serve as the liaison between United Way and its partner agencies and volunteers.

Patton, who received a B.S. in Business Management from Harding University in Arkansas, said “I am compassionate about what United Way stands for and the difference this organization can make to Rutherford and Cannon counties. By uniting with our partnering agencies we have become multiple voices speaking for one joint cause-to do all we can to create positive changes in the lives of neighbors.”
“We are excited to have Stephanie join us in this role,” said Brian Hercules, President and CEO of the local United Way. “Her innovative perspective, relationship-building and organizational skills will serve to strengthen our partnerships with our agencies and volunteers, and her extensive history in banking will be valuable during the allocation process.”

United Way is currently underway with its annual fundraising campaign, and last week the total amount raised reached $1.78 million. This year’s goal is $2.8 million and the campaign deadline is January 31st. Funds raised during the campaign are allocated to the United Way’s partner agencies and programs by a panel of volunteers and funds are distributed according to need.

The United Way and its 45 partner agencies and programs work to advance the common good in Rutherford and Cannon counties by focusing on the essentials for building a strong community: education, income and health.