Letter from Our CEO

Dear Friends,

Thank you for taking time to visit our website and learn more about how United Way of Central Kentucky is fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We are grateful for supporters like you who provide the passion, tools, and knowledge needed to achieve lasting change.

Over the past several years, United Way of Central Kentucky has evolved from its roots as a fundraising organization to a community convener that mobilizes businesses, organizations, community leaders, public officials, and local residents to expand opportunities for people to succeed. Through this transition our role in the region has become clearer and more critical than ever. We bring new solutions to old problems. We forge unlikely partnerships. We bring the best resources together and inspire individuals to join our cause.

Most importantly, we create success stories by empowering people to achieve their fullest potential. Whether is helping a single mother obtain her GED and become employed, raising the grades of at-risk children, or providing affordable healthcare to the working poor who slip through the cracks of changing insurance systems, United Way changes the odds for families and the future of our entire region.

The solutions we create for our community go beyond short-term charity for a few. When we support kindergarten readiness programs that teach caregivers how to support their child's development, it’s not just those students or their families who benefit. Those children who enter school ready to learn and are kept on track with the support of mentors become proud graduates now have a much better chance of landing a job that pays a livable wage, of staying out of trouble with the law, and of living longer, healthier lives — and that translates into a safer, healthier and more prosperous community for everyone.

We hope you will join us as we deploy a range of resources- including funding, volunteer time and talent, and expertise- to strengthen our community’s ability to respond to the complex challenges we face. Thank you for all you have done and we look forward to working alongside you in the future.
Best regards,
Megan Stith, President & CEO