The United Way of Central Kentucky, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives and impacting communities for the better, is making sure their presence is known in Grayson County.
This five-county wide chapter of the national organization is headquartered in Elizabethtown, but recently held their monthly board meeting in Grayson County as part of an effort to spread out their operation as much as possible throughout their service area.
One of the items on the agenda was awarding the “Voice of Grayson County Award” to recognize an outstanding contributor to the non-profit’s focus on ensuring that everyone has the building blocks for the best, healthiest life style possible.
This year’s recipient was Steve Meredith, President and CEO of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. Meredith was recognized for his fundraising efforts and credited as being a big part of last year’s 300 percent increase in giving to the organization in Grayson County, an unparallelled giving increase.
Meredith gracefully accepted the award, admitting that he is “one of the most blessed men in life” for having the good fortune of working with such a caring, giving group of people at the hospital.
“I accept this on behalf of my employees and share this with them,” Meredith said, holding up the certificate presented to him by UWCK Executive Director Christopher Wilborn.
Another local humanitarian was also introduced as the new Agency Advisory Chairperson with UWCK. Donna Wilson, who serves as Director of the Grayson County Food Pantry and is a long-time member of Grayson County Alliance, has begun in her new capacity with United Way as of Friday.
The Agency Advisory Chairperson is a volunteer position with a one-year-term. Wilson is taking over from the most recent chairperson, David Dozer, Executive Director of Helping Hand of Hope in Elizabethtown.
Two other familiar Grayson County faces spoke at the meeting. Superintendent of Grayson County Schools, Barry Anderson took a few moments out of his busy last-day-of-school schedule to address the United Way board and compliment their local efforts, while Chamber of Commerce Director Tara Elder discussed the upcoming June Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which will be hosted by United Way.
Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center has graciously offered to cover the costs of the luncheon so that the entrance fees can be donated to United Way.
The funds raised by the organization may be designated to go to a particular agency if the donor wishes. The group, which is largely volunteer-based, redistributes donated funds to agencies proven to make a difference in their communities.
According to the UWCK website, the group focuses on education, income and health in order to advance the common good, since these are “the building blocks for a good life.”
The group’s statement adds that the “goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.”