2021 Annual Campaign Report
A LETTER FROM OUR BOARD CHAIR
To our Community,
On behalf of the United Way of Central Kentucky board of directors, I want to say thank you to our community members for your ongoing support of the organization’s mission in Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties. Your generous donations and volunteer efforts are not only appreciated, but essential to the continuation of important programs in the areas we serve. Donors and volunteers like you have helped us create a stronger, more united community. When we unite our efforts toward common goals, we can bring people and communities together to advance the common good.
I personally have been a United Way donor and volunteer since 2019. I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for three years and visit the agencies that receive funding thanks to the generosity of our donors. Trust me when I say that your donations are needed and are making an incredible difference in the lives of many. Residents within our service area are granted opportunities they would not have if it were not for these agencies and their programs that your donations directly support.
United Way’s mission is to improve the quality of life of Central Kentuckians by focusing on creating measurable outcomes in the areas of education, health, basic needs and financial stability. The Board and staff work hard to make this mission a reality each day. 99 cents out of every dollar donated goes to local agencies in our community. The people you are supporting are neighbors.
In addition to programs, volunteers spend nearly 3,000 hours each year giving back to the community through United Way’s volunteer management process and projects. Whether it’s on a committee, at and event or simply taking time to help an agency fulfill their promise to the community, we thank you, volunteers. Without you we would not achieve the goals we set. We cannot say it enough.
As we continue our journey to a stronger community in the next year, we are honored that you have chosen to join United Way of Central Kentucky as a partner, supporter and friend. We are delighted to #createcommunity for another year.
United, we will build a brighter, stronger tomorrow.
PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
WHO WE ARE
United Way of Central Kentucky solves complex and costly community challenges by forging partnerships and mobilizing resources to find new solutions to old problems that not one organization can address alone. Together, we win by inspiring other to join the fight against our community's most persistent problems and empowering individuals and families to reach their fullest potential. Serving Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue and Meade Counties, United Way of Central Kentucky invites your to change the odds for residents across our region.
Connecting our community for the common good.
Each individual in our community is self-sufficient in the areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability.
HOW WE INVEST
The organizations we invest in help real people - which is why real people just like you determine where the donations go. Corporate donors, community members, as well as individuals from philanthropic and community organizations make up our Community Investment Team. These dedicated volunteers pore over each grant proposal and identify the local programs that align with our strategies and goals to create lasting impact. With over 3,000 nonprofits in Central Kentucky, identifying which programs align with our community's goals and aspirations is no small task. Our Community Investment Team volunteers spend over 900 hours determining which partnerships will create a lasting impact in our community.
2022 BOARD CHAIR
ELIZABETHTOWN INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
THE CECILIAN BANK
ENGAGE COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR
ELIZABETHTOWN COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE
ASSISTANT HARDIN COUNTY COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY
DR. JOHN GODFREY
BAPTIST HARDIN HEALTHCARE
THRIVE WELLNESS STUDIO
BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY SCHOOLS
PASTOR JEFF NOEL
GRACE HEARTLAND CHURCH
GRAYSON COUNTY SCHOOLS
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
OUR FUNDED AGENCY PARTNERS
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana: $15,000 to facilitate meaningful, monitored mentoring between adult volunteers and children.
CASA of the Heartland: $25,000 to provide children in the Hardin County court system with trained volunteer advocates who care for their best interests and help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes.
Cloverport Independent School District: $3,000 to increase access to basic hygiene supplies and support career-focused initiatives for students.
Community Health Clinic: $50,000 to improve access to medical, dental, and patient advocacy services for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our community.
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College: ECTC's Student Emergency Fund serves students who face non-academic barriers to their education.
Elizabethtown Independent Schools: $30,000 to provide free, high-quality books to young children and support after-school initiatives which provide at-risk students with homework assistance and enrichment opportunities otherwise not afforded to them.
Grayson County Alliance: $40,000 to improve food stability for local families.
Grayson County Ministerial Association: $20,000 to provide rent, utility, and other basic need assistance which improve stability.
Hardin County Schools: $10,000 to improve kindergarten readiness through United Way Born Learning Academies, encourage positive parent/child relationships, conduct educational home visits, and keep teen parents on track to graduate.
Helping Hand of Hope: $20,000 to provide beds, pillows, and linens to children who otherwise do not have a bed to sleep in and emergency financial assistance to individuals and families.
Magnolia Cumberland Presbyterian Church: $20,000 to provide fresh produce, meat, and other food items to families struggling with hunger.
Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services: $25,000 to provide counseling to children who have suffered sexual abuse, preventing future mental health and substance abuse which can stem from untreated trauma.
SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program: $25,000 to provide safety and advocacy support for survivors of domestic violence as well as resources needed to regain independence.
Tri County CASA: $14,000 to afford abused and neglected children in the Breckinridge, Grayson, and Meade County court system with trained volunteer advocates who care for their best interests and help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes.
United Way’s Power of the Purse was hosted at The Garage at Haycraft in August. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Heartland Catering, a live auction and fashion show of new, designer handbags modeled by local gentlemen. Each of the thirteen handbags were filled with various donated goods that included tickets to sporting events, high end beauty products, a variety of gift cards for local restaurants, jewelry and more.
Thanks to our many generous sponsors, United Way of Central Kentucky was able to host this event to benefit early childhood education initiatives in our community. In our region, 51% of children enter Kindergarten unprepared, having the potential to lead to significant future challenges in those children’s lives. The recent partnership between United Way Born Learning academies and Dolly Parton Imagination Library encourages and facilitates their learning. These programs give children in our community the opportunity overcome setbacks through earlier access to reading materials. This year, 170 tickets were sold to Power of the Purse raising $23,428.69 through the event.
898 HOURS OF SERVICE
United Way’s Day of Action provides opportunities for volunteers, donors and advocates to be part of solutions that make a difference in people’s lives. Through a partnership with Metalsa, Altec, and Cox Enterprises, United Way of Central Kentucky mobilized 149 employees who volunteered with ten nonprofits, giving over 898 hours in service at a value of $19,235 to our community.
The event’s major sponsors, Altec and Cox Enterprises, brought together teams of volunteers from more than eight states across the country to install new playground equipment at Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ Panther Place After-school Program. Teams on site restored and painted existing equipment, installed new swing sets, and resurfaced the playground with fresh mulch.
Throughout the community more than 100 additional volunteers from Metalsa worked on landscaping at CASA of The Heartland, prepared care kits for Silverleaf Sexual Trauma & Recovery Services, sorted through boutique donations at Mission Hope for Kids, packed senior care boxes at Feeding America, and more.