The Housing Hour presents: United Way of Greater Knoxville Series

We have developed a series titled “being a united neighbor” to help more people learn about the incredible work that is being done by the United Way of Greater Knoxville and the agencies they serve. Their mission is to continue to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of the people in our community. Throughout this series, you will hear from the United Way, past campaign chair’s, volunteers and most importantly the agencies who are on the frontline serving those who are in the most need in greater Knoxville.



Part I

David Brace, United Way Board Chair and City of Knoxville’s Public Works Director and Ben Landers, President of United Way Of Greater Knoxville, joins The Housing Hour this week discuss the rich history of the United Way of Greater Knoxville and their deep tradition of helping a host of non-profit agencies across the region. The United Way is working to bring people together to create lasting change that will improve lives in our surrounding community.


Part II

Part II Special Guests Randy Boyd Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee and Brewton Couch Vice President/Branding and Messaging with United Way of Greater Knoxville join The Housing Hour this week to continue Part II of our United Way of Greater Knoxville Series.


Part III

Our special guests this week are Bob Kesling, The Voice of the Vols, and Rebekah Fetzer, Susannah’s House, United Way has been Bob’s passion for several years now, and on this week show, Bob discusses the wonderful things that they are involved in and explains his role in adding Susannah’s House as part of the United Way.


Part IV

Julie Goodrich, Agent Marketing Manager at U.S. Cellular, Emily Reichard, Branding and Messaging Associate, and Claudia Caballero, Executive Director at Centro Hispano of East Tennessee, join The Housing Hour for Part IV of our United Way Series. Our three guest talks about the importance of United Way to the Health, Education and Financial stability to the surrounding agency partners.

Part V

This week on The Housing Hour, we have Brandon Parks, Associate General Manager at IMG College – The Vol Network, Tyler Boldin, Manager of Major Gifts and Leadership Giving / United Way of Greater Knoxville and Joel Simmons, Rehabilitation Counseling and Public Relations at East Tennessee Technology Access Center. Each of our guests brings a unique perspective to the collective power of ‘community’ through The United Way of Greater Knoxville.


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Claudia Caballero discusses Centro Hispano of East Tennessee. Their mission is to promote empowerment and civic participation of the multicultural community through education and social services.

Rebekah Fetzer describes the phone call she received from Bob and how that phone call enabled Susannah’s House to become a part of The United Way. Rebekah explains the role of Susannah’s House and how they change and transforms lives.

Joel Simmons was a beneficiary of United Way of Greater Knoxville through one of their many agencies. Joel had a devastating car accident in 2010 that left him a quadriplegic. United Way of Greater Knoxville connected Joel with East Tennessee Technology Access Center to help train Joel with new skill sets that prepared him for his future.