UNITED WAY OF SOUTHERN KENTUCKY ANNOUNCES OVER $940,000 IN INVESTMENTS IN LOCAL EDUCATION, INCOME, H

29-Jun-2017

UNITED WAY OF SOUTHERN KENTUCKY ANNOUNCES OVER $940,000 IN INVESTMENTS IN LOCAL EDUCATION, INCOME, HEALTH, AND SAFETY NET PROGRAMS

(June 27, 2017) - United Way of Southern Kentucky announced today that it is investing a total of $942,909 in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net programs and services for its July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 funding period. 48 local programs provided through 38 service providers will receive the allocated campaign dollars and donor designations.

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 September of 2016, 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. 85 total Letters of Intent were submitted requesting $2,575,000 in funding. Upon review by the Letter of Intent Committee, 70 of those that were submitted were invited to complete the full application. In February 2017, 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 complete the full application 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 48 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. Provide a source of food to children who are at-risk for lack of access to healthy meals
    2. Provide emergency housing to individuals who are homeless or in crisis

2017/18 marks the second funding cycle for the new community impact plan in these areas welcoming 15 new programs. The Community Impact plan was originally 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 122 volunteers from Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren Counties. These volunteers invested approximately 1,367 hours in the process which began with training sessions for all volunteers.

This time generated an impact of $32,999 in service to our community (based on National Rate of Volunteer Time: $24.14 per hour). Volunteers reviewed programs, finances, governance, and outcomes to develop the recommendations for program investments.

The issue areas of focus will receive funding based upon the recommendations of the Allocations Committees based upon the guidelines set forth by the United Way of Southern Kentucky Board of Directors for allocations percentages (Kindergarten Readiness: 25%; College and Career Readiness: 20%; Workforce Development: 5%; Access to Affordable Healthcare: 15%; Safe Home and Community: 15%; Access to Basic Needs: 15%; Transportation: 5%) as follows:

EDUCATION INVESTMENTS TOTAL: $431,532

            Kindergarten Readiness: $227,813    Led by Co-chairs: Kenly Ames & Joe Tinius

            College & Career Readiness: $203,719    Led by Co-chairs: Mark Langevin & Scott Taylor

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. Most recent scores have been updated to 53.4%.

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. Most recent scores have been updated to 74.7%.

INCOME INVESTMENTS TOTAL: $48,144

            Workforce Development: $48,144    Led by Co-chairs: Travis Armstrong & Dr. James McCaslin

HEALTH INVESTMENTS TOTAL: $275,295

            Access to Affordable Healthcare: $129,406    Led by Co-chairs: Tad Pardue & Jan Peeler

Safe Home & Community: $145,889    Led by Co-chairs: Lee Alcott & Mike Grubbs

SAFETY NET INVESTMENTS TOTAL: $187,938

            Access to Basic Needs: $155,788    Led by Co-chairs: Karen Foley & Bill Waltrip

            Transportation: $32,150    Led by Co-chairs: Travis Armstrong & Dr. James McCaslin

These investments include the following programs broken down by county:

            ALLEN COUNTY: $77,667 TOTAL FUNDING

            Led by Allen County Chair: Dana Russell

                        EDUCATION: $36,000

                                    Kindergarten Readiness:

Allen County Health Department HANDS (Health Access Nurturing Development Services) Program $5,000

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Head Start $832

Family Enrichment Center Little Patriot Learners Parents as Teachers – In Home Parent Education $13,168

College/ Career Readiness:

AC-Scottsville Career & Technical Center College & Career Ready Program $15,000

Junior Achievement Equipped for Success: Hard Skills + Soft Skills = Workforce Ready $2,000

                        HEALTH: $24,948

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

                                   Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $7,000

                                   Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $4,400

                                    Safe Home & Community:

                                   BRASS Branches of BRASS $7,024

                                    BRASS Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $3,024

                                   Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention Program $1,500

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

                        SAFETY NET: $16,719

                                    Access to Basic Needs:

                                    Allen County Schools FRC Family Support Services $14,719                                                                                    

    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $2,000

BARREN COUNTY: $33,000 TOTAL FUNDING

Led by Barren County Chair: Lee Alcott

EDUCATION: $15,332

            Kindergarten Readiness:

Barren County School District Kindergarten Readiness Camp $3,000

            Community Action of Southern Kentucky Children’s Services $832

            College/ Career Readiness:

Barren County School District College & Career Readiness Program $9,000


Junior Achievement Equipped for Success: Hard Skill + Soft Skill = Workforce Ready $2,500

                        HEALTH: $11,068

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $3,000

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $1,950

                                    Safe Home & Community:

                                    BRASS Branches of BRASS $2,618

                                    Hope Harbor Community Violence Prevention & Education $2,500

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $1,000

                        SAFETY NET: $6,600

                                    Access to Basic Needs:

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $1,000

                                    Kentucky’s Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $3,950

                                    Transportation:

                                    ARC of Barren County William Shaw Transportation Program $1,650

BUTLER COUNTY: $19,261 TOTAL FUNDING Led by Butler County Chair: Jason Jones

EDUCATION: $8,184

            Kindergarten Readiness:

Butler County Schools BCHS Playschool/ Early Childhood Education $1,500

Butler County Schools Early Childhood Program $2,352

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Children’s Services $832

College/ Career Readiness:

Junior Achievement Equipped for Success: Hard Skills + Soft Skills = Workforce Ready $3,500

                        HEALTH: $8,267

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

Butler County Schools FRC Family Assistance $2,457

Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $1,310                        

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $500

                                    Safe Home & Community:

Family Enrichment Center Parent Education $3,000

Hope Harbor Community Violence Prevention & Education Program $500

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

                        SAFETY NET: $2,810

                                    Access to Basic Needs:

                                    Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $1,500

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $1,310

EDMONSON COUNTY: $8,325 TOTAL FUNDING

EDUCATION: $832

            Kindergarten Readiness:

            Community Action of Southern Kentucky Head Start $832

                        INCOME: $3,746

                                    Workforce Development:

                                    Edmonson County Adult Education Adult & Family Education $3,746

                        HEALTH: $2,498

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $1,000

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $249

                                    Safe Home & Community:

                                    Hope Harbor Community Education and Prevention $500

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $749

                        SAFETY NET: $1,249

                                    Access to Basic Needs:

                                    Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $1,000

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $249

HART COUNTY: $8,281 TOTAL FUNDING

EDUCATION: $2,212

            Kindergarten Readiness:

            Community Action of Southern Kentucky Head Start $416

            College/ Career Readiness:

Junior Achievement Equipped for Success: Hard Skills + Soft Skills = Workforce Ready

$1,796

                        INCOME: $1,700

                                    Workforce Development:

                                    Hart County Adult Education $1,700

                        HEALTH: $2,694

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $847

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $500

                                    Safe Home & Community:

                                    Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $550

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $797

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                        SAFETY NET: $1,675

                                    Access to Basic Needs:

                                    Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $675

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $1,000

LOGAN COUNTY: $119,147 TOTAL FUNDING

Led by Logan County Co-chairs: Ken Campbell & Nichole Brown

EDUCATION: $53,853

Kindergarten Readiness:

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Children’s Services $832

Logan County Schools Adairville/ Lewisburg FRYSC Born Learning Academy $3,267

Logan County Schools Auburn/ Chandlers/ Olmstead FRYSC Born Learning Academy $11,569

Logan County Schools Little Cougar Academy $1,106

Russellville Independent Schools Little Panther Academy $8,742

Russellville Independent Schools Poca academia de Pantera $5,070

College/ Career Readiness:

Junior Achievement Equipped for Success: Hard Skills + Soft Skills = Workforce Ready $6,500       

Logan County Schools Adairville/ Lewisburg FRYSC Oh the Places You Will Go $4,767

Logan County Schools Auburn/ Chandlers/ Olmstead FRYSC Oh the Places You Will Go Middle School College & Career Camp $5,000

Logan County Schools Logan County School to Work $7,000

INCOME: $12,198

            Workforce Development:

Logan County Adult Education & Workforce Development’s Remedial Makes ‘em Ready/ Transition to Future/ Lifechanging Careers $12,198

                        HEALTH: $34,500

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $9,875

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $7,375

                                    Safe Home & Community:

                                    BRASS Branches of BRASS $5,250

                                    BRASS Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $1,000

                                    Family Enrichment Center Parent Education $6,000

                                    Hope Harbor Community Violence Prevention & Education $2,000

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

                        SAFETY NET: $18,596

                                    Access to Basic Needs:

                                    Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $1,000

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $7,000

Logan County Good Samaritan Emergency Assistance $10,596

METCALFE COUNTY: $4,218 TOTAL FUNDING

EDUCATION: $832

            Kindergarten Readiness:

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Head Start $832

                        HEALTH: $1,433

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $307

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $307

                                    Safe Home & Community:

Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $100

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $719

                        SAFETY NET: $1,953

                                    Access to Basic Needs:

                                    Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $600

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $200

                                    Metcalfe County Schools FRYSC $1,153

MONROE COUNTY: $1,955 TOTAL FUNDING

EDUCATION: $489

            Kindergarten Readiness:

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Head Start $489

                        HEALTH: $966

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $200

                                    Safe Home & Community:

Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $400

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $366

                        SAFETY NET: $500

                                    Access to Basic Needs:

                                    Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $500

SIMPSON COUNTY: $44,451 TOTAL FUNDING Led by Simpson County Chair: Steve Thurmond

EDUCATION: $15,916

            Kindergarten Readiness:

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Children’s Services $416

Simpson County Schools Little Cats & Jump Start Academy $4,000

Simpson County Schools Kids First Daycare $6,000

College/ Career Readiness:

Junior Achievement Equipped for Success: Hard Skills + Soft Skills = Workforce Ready $5,500

                        HEALTH: $14,515

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $5,255

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $2,500

                                    Safe Home & Community:

Hope Harbor Community Violence Education & Prevention $ 2,760

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $4,000

SAFETY NET: $14,020

            Access to Basic Needs:

                                    Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $1,000

Franklin-Simpson Good Samaritan Utilities Assistance $9,020

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $4,000

WARREN COUNTY: $626,604 TOTAL FUNDING

Led by Allocations Steering Committee Chair: Mike O’Kelly

EDUCATION: $297,882

            Kindergarten Readiness:

Family Enrichment Center Wee Care Child Care Center $61,359

Family Enrichment Center In-home Parent Education $29,359

The Foundry Christian Community Center Preschool Academy $50,408

WKU Research Foundation More Than Words – The Hanen Program $15,600

College/ Career Readiness:

Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green Teen Center $52,160

Junior Achievement Equipped for Success: Hard Skills + Soft Skills = Workforce Ready $6,388

WKU Research Foundation Soft Skills and Service $1,500

WROTE, Inc. Bridging the Gap After-School/ Summer Enrichment Program $81,108

                        INCOME: $30,500

                                    Workforce Development:

Bowling Green Warren County Community Education’s Hand Up, Hand Back $20,500

International Center Learn English and Become Self-Sufficient $10,000

                        HEALTH: $174,406

                                    Access to Affordable Health Care:

                                    BRASS Safety First $21,374

Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $26,000

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Benefit Counseling $33,000

                                    Safe Home & Community:

                                    BRASS Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $33,375

                                    CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates $15,159

                                    Hope Harbor Community Education & Prevention $19,498

Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $26,000

                        SAFETY NET: $123,816

                                    Access to Basic Needs:

                                    Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $5,073

                                    Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $39,000

                                    The Salvation Army Center for Hope Homeless Shelter $49,243

                                    Transportation:

Association of Rescue & Intervention of KY (ARIKY) Dispatch and Transportation $15,000

Summer Investments to be made in Transportation $15,500

As a result of last year’s funding, United Way funded programs were able to share some of the following examples of outcomes during the Allocations process (a select few only listed below in addition to many others):

* Barren County Schools Readiness Camp: 20 attendees in 2015; 122 attendees in 2016 as a result of United Way funding

- 56.5% of attendees tested ready in 2015/16; 60.8% of attendees tested ready in 2016/17 as a result of United Way funding

* Russellville Schools Little Panthers Academy: Attendance has doubled for children and parents moving from 15 children attending to 30 and from 9 parents to 18 as a result of United Way funding

* Richardsville Little Bobcats Parents as Teachers: 15 children were served by in-home visits; 18 additional were served in group sessions

- 4 out of 5 of the children served entering kindergarten will test ready as a result of United Way funding

* The Foundry Christian Community Center Preschool Academy: 18 out of 19 preschoolers are on track to be kindergarten ready as a result of United Way funding

- 80% of students from the previous year entered Dishman McGinnis and Parker Bennett-Curry kindergarten ready as a result of United Way’s previous year’s funding

            * This represents an overall increase of 15% at these 2 schools

            * Junior Achievement: During the 2016-17 school year, United Way awarded funding to support classes

            in four different counties including Allen, Logan, Simpson, and Warren.

- 45 additional community volunteers were able to provide the curriculum to 950 more students who demonstrated a 10-15% knowledge gain as a result.

* Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Assistance: 126 people received emergency assistance including food stamps, utility supplements, and housing in nine area counties allowing them to continue down the path towards financial stability

* Bowling Green-Warren County Community Action’s Hand Up, Hand Back: 52 people received training to improve their job skills

            - 17 of those 52 found employment

            - 9 of those 52 enrolled in further education

“As we finish the second year of investments in our new Community Impact platform of work, we are thrilled that new partners continue to join forces with us along with the tremendous impact being achieved by current partners,” says Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky. “We are now beginning to see the true impact of our efforts with the significant outcomes.  These outcomes, along with our other efforts in the community such as the kindergarten readiness public relations campaign and the MyChildIsReady.com microsite, will continue to impact the positive movement forward in our community’s Kindergarten Readiness and College & Career Readiness.  We look forward to continuing the movement forward through our collaborative efforts.”

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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