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Demonstrating a commitment to strengthening our community, approximately 126 local community members took time out of their day on Saturday, June 21 to volunteer at local nonprofit agencies.

For the third consecutive year, June 21s marked the United Way of Central Kentucky’s Day of Action - a region-wide volunteer event that convenes a broad spectrum of community members, families, and local companies to give a day of service to local non-profit agencies. They joined thousands of others throughout the U.S. and around the world who were engaged in service to their respective communities on the same day.

The 126 volunteers supporting this year’s Day of Action represents nearly triple the participation over the previous year’s event.

Projects took place at 15 separate sites throughout United Way of Central Kentucky’s service area of Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue, and Meade Counties and included such diverse work as painting indoors and outdoors, cleaning and organizing, landscaping, distributing food to the hungry, and data entry. A conservative estimate indicates the projects will impact over 2,200 individuals. The total Day of Action project value, including donated items and over 500 hours of volunteer time, exceeds $11,500.

Volunteers included company teams from businesses like Dow Corning, Fischbach, USA, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, First Citizens, and Americas Best Value Inn. Individuals and families also participated, some bringing children along to help and learn the value of giving back. Organizations hosting projects included UWCK-funded agencies like Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ Panther Place, Breckinridge County Good Samaritan Center, and LaRue County Schools. Other partner agencies included Meade County’s Pets in Need Society, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen, and Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services.

“Volunteers are the life-blood of our community,” said Christopher Wilborn, Executive Director of United Way of Central Kentucky. “We saw people from all walks of life come together to help their neighbors. After all, we all win when a child is successful in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy.”

Even though the local Day of Action falls on June 21 each year, over the course of the last year hundreds of volunteers have been giving their time to read with elementary school students, to pack weekend food for low-income children, and to teach Bank On classes to grant individuals a second chance at financial stability. The local United Way is committed to creating opportunities for local residents to volunteer and be part of the long-lasting change that is needed to reduce poverty in our community.

United Way of Central Kentucky brings together necessary resources, including volunteers’ time and talent, financial investments, as well as those lending their voice as advocates with the goal of improving lives and creating hope for a better tomorrow. With an annual fundraising campaign, UWCK funds 22 local human service agencies and 31 programs that advance education, financial stability, and health - the building blocks for a good quality of life for all. To learn more about volunteering, contact UWCK at 270-737-6608 or visit unitedwayck.org.

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