United Way of Central Kentucky is proud to announce the following 2017-2018 Funded Partners:
1. American Red Cross: $7,500 to support fire and disaster recovery efforts.
2. Big Brothers Big Sisters: $55,000 to provide supportive mentoring relationships to at-risk children.
3. Breckinridge County Schools’ Preschool Program: $12,500 to help preschoolers enter kindergarten ready to learn, support after-school vocational training for middle-schoolers, and to provide career opportunities for special needs students.
4. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Heartland: $56,139 to provide abused and neglected children in the Hardin County court system with trained volunteer mentors who advocate for their best interests and help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes.
5. Central Kentucky Community Action: $17,000 to help families with children move out of poverty, engage seniors in volunteerism and community service at local nonprofits, and to allow seniors to live independently in their own homes.
6. Cloverport Independent Schools: $5,355 to provide hygiene supplies for students, and to purchase laptops which will be used to conduct resume writing and computer classes for parents.
7. Community Health Clinic: $80,000 to provide healthcare for the working poor who fall through the cracks in the insurance system.
8. Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ Panther Place After School Program: $30,000 to provide at-risk students with homework assistance, educational enrichment, physical activities, and family events.
9. Feeding America: $77,000 to keep local students from going hungry over the weekend through the BackPack program and distribute produce from the Farms to Foodbanks program.
10. Grayson County Alliance: $55,000 to prevent children and families from going hungry.
11. Grayson County Ministerial Association: $10,000 to improve the self-sufficiency of those struggling to meet their basic needs.
12. Grayson County Schools: $21,138 to support Lawler and Clarkson Elementary’s United Way Born Learning Academies which engage parents in preparing their children for kindergarten, provide technology for H.W. Wilkey, and meet at-risk Caneyville students’ basic needs so they can be successful in the classroom. A new Better Families Workshop series will also be developed to teach parenting, money management, stress reduction, and household management skills to families.
13. Hardin County Adult Education: $15,000 to provide wraparound success coaching for adults pursuing their GEDs.
14. Hardin County Schools First Connections: $55,000 to prepare children for kindergarten, conduct educational home visits, and keep teen parents on track to graduate.
15. Helping Hand of Hope: $117,500 to provide emergency assistance with rent, utilities, and other basic needs and to facilitate job placement services that remove barriers to employment.
16. Legal Aid: $5,000 to provide legal services to help families prevent foreclosure and eviction, protect domestic violence victims from their abusers, and put clients back on the path to financial stability through expungement.
17. Learning For Life Champions Program: $5,000 to help children with special needs transition to careers and independent living.
18. Magnolia Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry: $18,000 to provide fresh produce, meat, and other foods to families struggling with hunger.
19. Meade Activity Center: $20,000 to provide scholarships for low-income children to participate in youth sports and summer camps.
20. Meade County Angel Ministry: $2,000 to equip at-risk children with school supplies.
21. Meade County Schools: $22,000 to prevent kindergarteners from entering school behind, to support after-school vocational training for middle-schoolers, and to help teen parents stay on the path to self-sufficiency.
22. Silverleaf Sexual Trauma & Recovery Services: $40,000 to provide counseling to children who have suffered sexual abuse and to prevent future mental health and substance abuse which can stem from untreated trauma.
23. SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program: $60,000 to provide safety for survivors of domestic violence as well as the advocacy, education, and resources needed for them to regain their independence and self-sufficiency.
24. Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): $25,000 to provide abused and neglected children in the court system with trained volunteer mentors who advocate for their best interests and help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes.