United Way of Central Kentucky delivered again on its mission of “connecting the community for the common good” by investing $294,745.26 into 10 local agencies and 15 programs that serve Grayson County residents.
“Our investors play such an influential role in our work,” said Christopher Wilborn, Executive Director of United Way of Central Kentucky. “Those that invest their time, talent, and treasure in United Way - our donors, advocates, and volunteers - made our record-breaking campaign a reality. With the funds raised we are in a stronger position to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable children, families and seniors in our community. We believe that by reaching out a hand to one of these local residents, we are improving the condition for all.”
Representatives from United Way’s five county service area of Grayson, Hardin, Breckinridge, LaRue, and Meade Counties are convened annually as members of an all-volunteer Community Investment Team (CIT). While spending hundreds of hours collectively vetting non-profit grant applicants, the CIT ensures each agency is providing measurable outcomes in the key focus areas of education, financial stability, health, and basic needs - the building blocks for a good quality of life for all. In order for a non-profit applicant to be eligible for United Way funding, the agency must be serving one or more counties in UWCK’s region and have in place the infrastructure to effectively and efficiently manage the entrusted funds. The CIT-awarded funding to the following local agencies and programs for 2014-2015:
•American Red Cross (Serves all five counties): Disaster Relief and Emergency Financial Assistance ($45,000).
•Central Kentucky Community Action: Senior Companion Program (Serves Breckinridge, Hardin, and Grayson Counties - $8,000).
•Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (Serves all five counties): Food Pantry ($38,242.26); Backpack Program ($36,757.74).
•Grayson County Alliance: Food Pantry ($55,930); Furniture ($5,264); Repair Affair ($4,606).
•Grayson County Schools: GCHS/Lawler – Family Resource Youth Service Center ($7,890); Caneyville - Family Resource Youth Service ($5,313); Leitchfield - Family Resource Youth Service ($2,500).
•Grayson County Ministerial Association: Financial Assistance/School Supplies ($5,000).
•Legal Aid (Serves all five counties): Central KY Legal Services Program ($5,000)
•Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts (Serves Hardin, Meade, Grayson Counties): Scouting Unlimited/Champions ($15,000).
•SpringHaven Inc. (Serves all five counties): Domestic Violence Program ($65,000).
•Tri-County CASA (Serves Breckinridge, Grayson, and Meade Counties): Court Appointed Special Advocates ($32,000).
Last year, these funded programs provided 37,588 services to local residents of Grayson County.
United Way of Central Kentucky is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. UWCK galvanizes and connects a diverse set of individuals and institutions, mobilizing resources to create long-term community change. To get involved or learn more, contact 270-737-6608 or visit: unitedwayck.org.