United Way

The Annual Community Baby Shower RETURNS!

The Community Baby Shower showers new & expectant mothers and families with love and resources. 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – With the explosive growth the City and surrounding counties continue to experience, providing another platform to assist expecting families with needed first-start baby supplies makes sense. The Rutherford County Health Department is hosting its 8th Annual Community Baby Shower. This yeThe Community Baby Shower 2023 Eventar's shower is presented by LaShan Dixon, LLC, and will return to the Patterson Park Community Center located at 521 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37130.

This FREE informative and festive event will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2023, from 10:00 am-1:00 pm in the Adult Gym. “We are very excited about the in-person return of our annual Community Baby Shower,” said Rutherford County Health Director Byron Cumbie. “After 8 years of doing it, it has become an intrinsic part of the Health Department’s connection with the community and gives us the opportunity to build relationships with partners that share our mission.” 

New and expecting families will benefit from educational workshops and resources from over 40 local businesses and organizations. "We look forward to a fun-filled day of giving new and expecting families a healthy beginning through educational workshops, community resources, car seat safety checks, door prizes, and more," said LaShan Dixon, founder, and coordinator of the Community Baby Shower. 

The Community Baby Shower provides essential resources for healthy beginnings and equips families with critical tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle with their newborns and little ones in their care. The event has a rich history. Since 2014, the Community Baby Shower has showered more than 3,200 new and expecting families with love and resources by providing necessary baby supplies, community resources, and educational workshops. This year's shower will not disappoint the attendees' thanks to the support and sponsorships by generous donors from the Pi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., First Baptist Church-Murfreesboro, City of Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation- Patterson Park, and Smithfork District Association. The Community Baby Shower aligns with the core values of its donors and the original presenting sponsor. The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.

300 NW. Broad Street, Murfreesboro

ITEMS NEEDED: Newborn - 6-month-old items, diapers, onesies, receiving blankets, bottles, and baby wipes.

"Stuff The Bus" School Supply Drive

Each summer, The Murfreesboro Water Resources Department partners with United Way to collect school supplies for at-risk students around the Rutherford County area. Murfreesboro residents, businesses, and City employees are urged to donate backpacks, Crayola crayons, colored pencils, dry-erase markers, glue sticks, scissors, #2 pencils, hand sanitizer, and notebooks to help students start their school year off right!

For another year, MWRD is participating as a donation site for those wanting to give. "Stuff The Bus" usually kicks off at the end of June and usually ends just in time for school at the end of July.

What We’re Doing At MWRD

For those wanting to donate monetarily, Murfreesboro Water’s Community Affairs is opening its ’Stuff The Bus’ Donation Store. Just come into the office and drop your donation off in the box at the front. We’re accepting CASH or CHECKS and all checks should be made out to "United Way for Stuff The Bus." Be sure to write your contact information on the front of the envelope for a chance to be submitted into a drawing for a special gift from our Community Affairs Division! 

How You Can Get Involved 

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is always looking for individuals who enjoy networking with new people, becoming a better leader, and those eager to make a personal commitment to help our community. To get involved with this campaign, visit United Way's volunteer website.