Complex community problems and the barriers individuals face don't go away on their own. United Way of Central Kentucky is uniquely positioned to bring together the resources of volunteer talent, funds, advocacy, expertise, businesses, government, and religious leadership to solve community challenges and put families back on a path to self-sufficiency. Take a moment to put yourself in the shoes of our nonprofit partners who work with us to achieve this goal.
Many nonprofits, especially those serving children, are required to have certain ratios of staff to clients to ensure the quality of their interventions. Because few funders are willing to grant funds for operational expenses, many children in need linger on waiting lists until there is administrative capacity to serve them. Our local, flexible funding source is the only option many organizations have for supporting staff needed to do their critical work. United Way reviews funded agencies’ overhead rates and financial positions to make sure they are operating within best practice guidelines while having a measurable, effective impact. Last year UWCK's funded programs leveraged $2.49 million in volunteer support and in-kind donations, meaning that for every $1 we awarded in grants, these partners added an additional $3 in value because they had the right tools to make a difference. That's a positive return on investment not only for our entire community, but for those children who would otherwise not be helped.
Thank You for Creating Success Stories
Jane came into foster care at age 15 after reporting on her parents making meth in their home and they were incarcerated. A CASA volunteer began visiting her regularly and provided encouragement, monitored Jane’s grades and therapeutic progress, and built a trust-based relationship with her. With this support, Jane graduated high school a year early and left the foster system at age 18. Jane is still in contact with her CASA volunteer, has entered college, works part-time, and continues to openly communicate with and rely on advice and support from her CASA volunteer. Jane has no family support system and considers her volunteer to be the only consistent, stable source of support in her life.