TN_State_CapitolLast week’s “Day on the Hill” for United Way organizations in Tennessee provided a great opportunity to meet and speak with state legislators.

Fred Ashwill, VP of Public Policy for United Way of the Mid-South, spoke with officials about needs for Pre-Kindergarten, after school education, and substance abuse programs for teens. Ashwill also discussed funding for HIV/AIDS care and other issues that are directly related to United Way’s efforts to improve education, financial stability and health, such as continued grant funding for the Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance program.

Ashwill and other United Way representatives met with the following State Representatives:

Barbara Cooper, District 86 in Shelby County
G.A. Hardaway, District 93 in Shelby County
Larry Miller, District 88 in Shelby County
Mark White, District 83 in Shelby County
John DeBerry, District 90 in Shelby County
Jim Coley, District 97 in Shelby County
Curry Todd, District 95 in Shelby County
Johnnie Turner, District 85 in Shelby County
Steve McManus, District 96 in Shelby County
Karen Camper, District 87 in Shelby County
Raumesh Akbari, District 91 in Shelby County
Ron Lollar, District 99 in Shelby County
Jimmy Eldridge, District 73 in Madison County
Craig Fitzhugh, District 82 in Lauderdale County
Joe Armstrong, District 15 in Knox County

Ashwill also provided reports on the impact that TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) has on education, financial stability, and health to the following State Representative offices:

Mike Harrison, District 9 in Hancock and Hawkins County
David Alexander, District 39 in Moore, Franklin and Marion counties
Kevin Brooks, District 24 in Bradley County
David Hawk, District 5 in Greene County
Ryan Haynes, District 14 in a portion of Knox County
Gerald McCormick, District 26 in a portion of Hamilton County
Steve McDaniel, District 72 in Chester, Decatur, Henderson & Perry counties
Charles Sargent, District 61 in part of Williamson County

Ashwill had short conversations with other Representatives and Senators in at the Legislative Plaza. “It was a very busy two days, and we were able to meet with a good number of officials,” Ashwill said.

For more information about United Ways of Tennessee’s “Day On The Hill,” click here.