UNITED WAY OF SOUTHERN KENTUCKY ANNOUNCES INVESTMENTS IN LOCAL EDUCATION, INCOME, HEALTH, AND SAFETY

28-Sep-2016

UNITED WAY OF SOUTHERN KENTUCKY ANNOUNCES INVESTMENTS IN LOCAL EDUCATION, INCOME, HEALTH, AND SAFETY NET PROGRAMS

(July 21, 2016) - United Way of Southern Kentucky announced today that it is investing a total of $947,666 in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net programs and services for its July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 funding period. Twenty-four local service providers and 35 programs will receive the allocated campaign dollars and donor designations. As part of this investment, $95,382 will be directed to Education and Transportation initiatives that will be allocated separately within the next several months in areas identified with service gaps.

To receive funding from United Way of Southern Kentucky, programs had to align with the four areas deemed most important by a recent 3-year long community research project conducted by United Way which 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 also were evaluated on the following IMPACT criteria: (Innovative, Measured, Partnered/Collaborative, Accountable, Community-centered, 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.

In October of 2015, 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. 83 total Letters of Intent were submitted requesting $2,935,069 in funding. Upon review by the Letter of Intent Committee, 54 of those that were submitted were invited to complete the full application. In February 2016, Warren County full applications were submitted for pre-review by the Pre-Review Committee with the remainder of the county applications being submitted in March. The Pre-Review committee evaluated the applications submitted based upon three pieces of foundational criteria: the program’s meaningful impact on the identified strategy; if UW has the means to fulfill the funding request; and that the funding would expand or improve the program for existing programs.

Those who were invited to move forward upon Pre-Review had the opportunity to move forward in the application process and be evaluated by a more detailed set of criteria. Programs that cleared this phase of evaluation 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.

Through the 35 funded programs, United Way will provide the opportunities for services to individuals for the following building blocks for a good quality of life such as:

  1. Education
    1. Create career pathways for students through a state-of-the art learning environment
    2. Increase access to high-quality licensed childcare
    3. Train parents to be their child’s first and best teacher
  2. Income
    1. Provide training skills to increase wages of single parents while simultaneously providing low cost afterschool programming for their children
    2. Assist adults with obtaining academic skills and credentials needed to transition to post-secondary education, function productively in the workforce, and support their families.
  3. Health
    1. Provide victims of domestic violence and their children a safe environment in order to focus on treatment options, safety planning, and eventual recovery
    2. Educate and advocate for elderly long-term care residents to improve health and well being
    3. Educate school age children about the dangers of bullying, sexual harassment, dating violence, and stalking
  4. Safety Net
    1. Increase awareness and advocate for safe, affordable housing
    2. Provide emergency housing to individuals who are homeless or in crisis

2016/17 marks the first funding cycle for the new community impact plan in these areas welcoming new partners such as The Barren County School District, The Foundry Christian Community Center, and The Housing Authority’s WROTE program to the table. The Community Impact plan was developed to create long-term community change and serve as a road map for United Way and its partners on how to build a better community that provides opportunity for all. At its core, Community Impact harnesses the power of the entire community to create significant, sustainable improvements, and thus it requires many community partners working together to solve complex, systematic problems.

Allocation dollars were determined based on the work of 114 volunteers from Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren Counties. These volunteers invested approximately 1,500 hours to the process which began with training sessions for all volunteers. Volunteers reviewed programs, finances, governance, and outcomes to develop the recommendations for program investments.

The following issue areas will receive funding based upon those recommendations:

EDUCATION INVESTMENTS TOTAL: $430,147

            Led by Education Committee Chair: Joe Tinius

            Kindergarten Readiness: $237,646   

            College & Career Readiness: $192,501

Investments made into Education programs were made with the primary goal in advancing United Way’s BIG BOLD GOALS in Education:

KINDERGARTEN READINESS BIG BOLD GOAL: Increase BRADD area kindergarten readiness scores to 75% by 2020. Scores were at 49.4% when the goal was established.

COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS BIG BOLD GOAL: Increase BRADD area college & career readiness scores to 80% by the year 2020.  Scores were at 65% when the goal was established.

INCOME INVESTMENTS TOTAL: $45,862

            Led by Income Committee Chair: Dr. James McCaslin

            Workforce Development: $45,862

HEALTH INVESTMENTS TOTAL: $284,838

            Led by Health Committee Co-chairs: Dr. Neale Chumbler and Mike Sherrod

            Access to Affordable Healthcare: $137,733

Safe Home & Community: $147,105

SAFETY NET INVESTMENTS TOTAL: $186,819

            Led by Safety Committee Chair: Bill Waltrip

            Access to Basic Needs: $154,720

            Transportation: $32,099

These investments include the following programs broken down by county:

            ALLEN COUNTY: $75,100

            Led by Allen County Chair: Dana Russell

                        EDUCATION: $37,329

Community Action Head Start $6,486

Summer investments to be made in Kindergarten Readiness $11,843

ACS Technical Center College & Career Ready Program $15,000

Junior Achievement Future Prepared Program $4,000

                        HEALTH: $22,349

                                    Haven4Change $349

                                   Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $7,000

                                   Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $4,000

                                   BRASS Branches of BRASS $8,000

                                   Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention Program $1,000

                                    KLA Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $2,000

                        SAFETY NET: $15,422

                                    Allen County Schools FRC’s Family Support Services $11,427                                                            Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $2,995

                                    Scottsville-Allen County Faith Coalition $1,000

BARREN COUNTY: $42,229

Led by Barren County Co-chairs: Candy Wethington and Lee Alcott

EDUCATION: $20,804

Barren County School District School Readiness Camp $3,010

            Community Action Foster Grandparents $2,154

            Community Action Head Start $6,000

Barren County School District Engineering College & Career Readiness $9,640

                        HEALTH: $13,131

                                    Community Medical Care Senior Program $3,229

                                    Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $3,000

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $500

                                    Branches of BRASS $4,402

                                    Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $2,000

                        SAFETY NET: $8,294

                                    Community Relief Fund’s Direct Assistance $4,195

                                    Kentucky’s Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $2,000

                                    ARC of Barren County William Shaw Transportation Program $2,099

BUTLER COUNTY: $18,324

Led by Butler County Chair: Kay Romans

EDUCATION: $8,824

Community Action Foster Grandparent Program $500

Community Action Head Start $4,324

Summer Investments to be made in College and Career Readiness $4,000

                        HEALTH: $9,000

                                    Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $1,500

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $500

Family Enrichment Center Parent Education $6,000

Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $500

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $500

                        SAFETY NET: $500

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $500

EDMONSON COUNTY: $13,222

Led by Edmonson, Metcalfe, Monroe County Chair: Craig Browning

EDUCATION: $3,295

            Community Action Head Start $3,295

                        INCOME: $7,077

                                    Edmonson County Adult Education $7,077

                        HEALTH: $2,450

                                    Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $900

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $500

                                    Hope Harbor Community Education and Prevention $550

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $500

                        SAFETY NET: $400

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $400

HART COUNTY: $7,262

Led by Hart County Chair: Terry Martin

EDUCATION: $4,585

            Community Action Foster Grandparent Program $261

            Community Action Head Start $4,324

                        HEALTH: $2,177

                                    Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $839

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $250

                                    Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $544

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $544

                        SAFETY NET: $500

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $500

LOGAN COUNTY: $120,663

Led by Logan County Chair: Ken Campbell

EDUCATION: $52,828

Community Action Head Start $6,486

Junior Achievement Future Prepared $4,000

Summer Investment to be made in Kindergarten Readiness $22,863

Summer Investments to be made in College and Career Readiness $19,479

                        INCOME: $8,785

Logan County Adult Education & Workforce Development’s ABE/GED Support Services $8,785

                        HEALTH: $33,189

                                    Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $9,000

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $6,500

                                    Branches of BRASS $6,000

                                    Family Enrichment Center Parent Education $5,500

                                    Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $3,079

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $3,110

                        SAFETY NET: $25,861

                                    Logan County Good Samaritan Emergency Assistance $21,861

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $4,000

METCALFE COUNTY: $ 4,120

Led by Edmonson, Metcalfe, Monroe County Chair: Craig Browning

EDUCATION: $2,302

Community Action Head Start $2,302

                        HEALTH: $1,418

                                    Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $309

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $309

Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $200

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $600

                        SAFETY NET: $400

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $400

MONROE COUNTY: $4,546

Led by Edmonson, Metcalfe, Monroe County Chair: Craig Browning

EDUCATION: $2,446

Community Action Head Start $2,446

                        HEALTH: $2,100

                                    Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $1,200

Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $400

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $500

SIMPSON COUNTY: $38,203

Led by Simpson County Chair: Steve Thurmond

EDUCATION: $17,021

Community Action Foster Grandparents $1,000

Community Action Head Start $4,324

Summer Investments to be made in Kindergarten Readiness $4,132

Junior Achievement Future Prepared $4,500

Summer Investments to be made in College and Career Readiness $3,065

                        HEALTH: $11,221

                                    Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $4,047

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $1,674

Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $ 2,500

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $3,000

SAFETY NET: $9,961

                                    Franklin-Simpson Good Samaritan Financial Assistance $6,961

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $3,000

WARREN COUNTY: $623,997

Led by Warren County Chair: Mike O’Kelly

EDUCATION: $280,713

Community Action Head Start $30,000

Family Enrichment Center Wee Care Child Care Center $61,896

Family Enrichment Center In-home Parent Education $28,000

Foundry Christian Community Center Preschool Academy $32,000

Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green Great Futures Start Here $54,418

WROTE After School & Summer Academic Enrichment $68,462

Junior Achievement Future Prepared $5,937

                        INCOME: $30,000

Bowling Green Warren County Community Education’s Hand Up, Hand Back $30,000

                        HEALTH: $187,803

                                    BRASS Safety First $11,286

Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $20,000

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefit Counseling $30,161

                                    Haven4Change $30,680

                                    BRASS Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $39,786

                                    Family Enrichment Center Safe Families for Children $11,895

                                    Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $19,782

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $24,213

                        SAFETY NET: $125,481

                                    Community Action Supportive Housing Program $15,000

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $35,000

                                    Salvation Army Center for Hope Homeless Shelter $35,481

                                    Salvation Army Soup Kitchen & Food Box Program $10,000

                                    Summer investments to be made in Transportation $30,000

“It is incredibly exciting to finally reach this point where we are announcing the initial investments in our new platform of work,” says Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky. “What began nearly four years ago as a long thought out decision by the UWSK Board of Directors to chart a new course for long term community change, culminates today with these important investments.  In that four-year period, extensive community input from our ten-county service area was amassed, and it served as the foundation for the new focus.  While we have called it “United Way’s Community Impact Focus”, it truly is “the Community’s Impact Focus”.  Thousands of people have invested time, passion and energy in this transition including survey and community conversation participants, area experts, allocations volunteers and board members.  We are ready to forge ahead with our collaborative efforts and to begin to affect critical community issues.”

For more information on how you can make the choice to LIVE UNITED through giving, advocating and volunteering, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.  

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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