This change was driven by both organizations’ desire to expand services and reach more individuals and families in need throughout Middle Tennessee. UWGCR President and CEO Valerie Guzman and UWGN President and CEO Brian Hassett began working together in 2022 to bring this merger to fruition, with a strong focus on how best to partner and serve clients, agencies and businesses throughout the region.
“We believe that by streamlining operations and joining under one organization, we can improve our programs and impact more people for the better, ultimately creating a more equitable and vibrant region for all,” said Hassett. “The United Way system is uniquely positioned to mobilize resources and drive change—and both organizations agree that we are stronger together. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the staff and the dedicated volunteers of such a close-knit, thriving community and look forward to working together to serve our neighbors.”
United Way has been a strong presence serving Clarksville and the surrounding region for more than 50 years. The merger with UWGN will provide UWGCR with more resources and support, allowing them to make an even bigger impact on families in need. With the administrative support of the combined networks, United Way hopes to see increased fundraising and engagement from local businesses throughout Montgomery, Stewart and Houston counties and the expansion of valuable programs that help ensure families have their basic needs met and the opportunities to grow and thrive.
“This partnership with UWGN will enhance UWGCR’s operational and competitive edge while honoring our local history and strengthening our relationships throughout Clarksville and the Montgomery, Houston and Stewart county areas,” said Guzman. “The benefits to merging our two organizations are significant—greater efficiency, increased impact and improved lives for individuals and families throughout our region.”
While many factors contributed to this decision, leadership from both sides acknowledged that communities throughout Middle Tennessee are growing at an unprecedented pace, and the lines between counties or cities are becoming less defined. Our neighbors commute across counties to get to and from work and home, and many local companies have a presence in multiple counties or cities across the region.
United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region will continue to operate independently and maintain its office in Clarksville. United Way of Greater Nashville now serves Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Houston, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart and Williamson counties.