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.