(July 9, 2024) – United Way of Southern Kentucky announced today that it is investing a total of $645,639 in Education, Health, Income, and Safety Net programs and services in Warren County. These investments start July 1, 2024 and will continue through June 30, 2025. In total, $1,013,484 will be invested across the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD), supporting 50 programs.

In September of 2023, organizations with programs impacting UWSK’s strategic imperatives in each of the defined Community Impact issue areas (Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net) were asked to submit a Letter of Intent indicating their desire to complete a full application request for funding. Across the 10-county BRADD, 76 total Letters of Intent were submitted.

In March 2024, Warren County specific programs who had the opportunity to complete the full application moved forward to a full review and visit with the Allocations Committee. With the full review by the Allocations Committee and recommendation to and approval by the UWSK Board of Directors complete, funding will now be awarded to the programs selected. In Warren County, 25 local programs provided through 17 service providers will receive the allocated campaign dollars and donor designations.

Allocation dollars were determined based on the work of 95 volunteers working specifically in their home counties of Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren. In total, these volunteers invested 1,145 hours in the process which began with training sessions for all volunteers. This time generated an impact of $38,346.05 in service to our community (based on National Rate of Volunteer Time: $33.49 per hour). Volunteers reviewed programs, finances, governance, and outcomes to develop the recommendations for program investments.

In WARREN COUNTY, $645,639 will be allocated by volunteers, led by Warren County Allocations Committee Chair Tad Pardue.

EDUCATION: $339,390

Kindergarten Readiness: Led by Committee Chairs, Kenly Ames and Joe Tinius

Family Enrichment Center, Parents as Teachers Little Learners Program: $28,000

Family Enrichment, Wee Care Child Care Center: $55,000

The Foundry Christian Community Center, Preschool Academy: $67,237

Warren County Public Schools, Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy: $25,000

Warren County Public Schools, Little Learners Mobile Classroom: $40,000

College/Career Readiness: Led by Committee Chairs, Dr. James McCaslin & Erin Ballou

Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green, The CLUB Teen Center – CAREER LAUNCH: $30,000

Junior Achievement of South Central KY, Preparing Our Youth: $10,000

Warren County Public Schools, Connecting Students to Success: $42,000

WROTE Foundation, Bridging the Gap After-School/Summer Enrichment Program: $42,153

INCOME: $24,375

Workforce Development: Led by Committee Chairs, Lincoln Skaggs and Jonathan Wysong

Down Syndrome of Southern Kentucky, Scoops of Joy: $4,284

Refuge Bowling Green, English Academy: $10,091

SKYCTC Foundation, CDL Program: $10,000

HEALTH: $160,000

Access to Affordable Health Care: Led by Committee Chairs, Lindsay Sanson and Brooke Schakat

CARE USTZ, Resettlement & Empowerment Program: $10,000

Kentucky Legal Aid, Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman: $35,000

Kentucky Legal Aid, Benefits Counseling: $35,000

Safe Home & Community: Led by Committee Chairs, Brenda Polley and Thomas Manco

BRASS, Emergency Shelter & Crisis to Protect & Empower (ESCAPE): $30,500

Bowling Green Independent Schools, Black Male Scholars Family Thrive Program: $22,500

Kentucky Legal Aid, Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower (ESCAPE): $27,000

SAFETY NET: $121,874

Access to Basic Needs: Led by Committee Chairs, Tom Flynn and Angela Dossey

First Christian Church, Community Grocery Store: $28,000

GLEAN of South Central Kentucky: $15,000

Kentucky Legal Aid, Emergency Legal Assistance: $42,500

New Path Recovery Home: $6,000

Transportation: Led by Committee Chairs, Lincoln Skaggs and Jonathan Wysong

Down Syndrome of Southern Kentucky, Buddy Transportation: $3,783

BRASS, Shelter Transportation Assistance Program: $6,500

Refuge Bowling Green, Driver’s Education Program: $20,091

Remaining summer investments to be made in Warren County: $7,500

As our region continues to grow at a steady pace, so also do the needs in our community. We are grateful for all the of local business, organizations, and individuals that continue to give, advocate, and volunteer in an effort to meet the growing needs. This year, we are especially thankful to be able to allocate more funding to local profits than we did last year. Our we hope that every year the generosity of others will allow the upward trend of giving and impact to continue.” said Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky.

To receive funding from United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK), programs had to align with the four areas deemed most important by a community research project conducted by United Way that began in 2012 and included nearly 5,000 surveys, 55 Community Conversations, and large amounts of secondary data. The four broad areas of most concern were defined by the community as: Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net. Programs were also evaluated on the following IMPACT criteria: Innovative, Measured, Partnered/Collaborative, Accountable, Community-centered, and Transformative. This includes an emphasis on programs that provide services within a best practices framework, that are collaborative and integrated into the fabric of other community education, income, health, and safety net efforts, that consider the goals, needs and aspirations of the communities they serve, and that are innovative.

If you would like to volunteer to participate in the United Way of Southern Kentucky Allocation Process, please visit www.uwsk.org or call 270-843-3205 to learn more.

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work.


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