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The Cecilian Bank, demonstrating its philanthropic spirit and commitment to the region, is partnering with United Way of Central Kentucky to provide free training to local nonprofits. The bank is sponsoring Kate Bringardner, with The Speaker’s Studio, who will use her public speaking and theater background help nonprofits unlock meaningful, personal stories to engage supporters.

Bringardner will present a workshop on Wednesday, September 24th from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (EST) and will be held at Nolin RECC (411 Ring Road, Elizabethtown). There is no charge to attend, and the event is open to the staff, volunteers, and board members of any nonprofit organization that serves Hardin, Breckinridge, LaRue, Grayson, and Meade Counties. Participants will learn how to craft brief but memorable “elevator speeches” that empower agencies to raise funds, grow their volunteer base, and communicate their vision through the use of stories. As a result of this experience, attendees will identify several personal stories that can be used to communicate both the importance of their program’s work and how it relates to solving bigger problems across the community.

Bringardner recently presented a similar workshop to United Way of Central Kentucky’s Employee Campaign Managers and an additional session is planned for the staff leadership of UWCK-funded nonprofit agencies.

Bringardner earned her Masters of Fine Arts from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation she returned to Louisville and began looking for a way to put her 20 years of training and stage and film experience to good use. Since taking her first client, word of Kate’s work has spread quickly. Her work with clients has taken her to Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Minnesota and beyond. She remains active in stage and film work, which always keeps her close to the technique and discipline of voice. It also serves as a reminder of the power of the human voice and its ability to evoke emotion, inspire action and captivate an audience.

“The Cecilian Bank has been a long-time supporter of United Way,” said The Cecilian Bank President Greg Pawley. “When we learned that one in four local children live in poverty, we were not only compelled to partner with United Way to reduce those numbers, but also welcomed the opportunity to hear the stories of the children and families who are being impacted through the work of our nonprofit community. United Way’s leadership in making sure these stories are told will help mobilize supporters to create opportunities for a good quality of life for all.”

“This storytelling workshop is a tremendous learning opportunity for both UWCK and local nonprofits,” stated UWCK’s Executive Director Christopher Wilborn. “United Way is committed to working across organizations and toward the same common goal in order to solve the problems in our region. Helping nonprofits communicate the results of their work ensures that the clients we serve have a voice in the community,” Wilborn added.

Space is limited and RSVPs are required to attend. To register your agency for the workshop, contact the United Way of Central Kentucky office at 270-737-6608 or email rsvp@unitedwayck.org.

United Way of Central Kentucky brings together necessary resources - volunteer time and talent, money, advocacy, expertise - and local business and industry, with the goal of improving lives and creating hope for a better tomorrow. With an annual fundraising campaign, UWCK funds 22 human service agencies and 31 programs in the five-county service area. To learn more about how you can lend your voice to the movement to reduce poverty in our community, visit unitedwayck.org.

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