(Southern Kentucky) – United Way of Southern Kentucky announced today that it has made an investment of $37,000 into programs impacting the critical issue areas of Safety Net (Transportation) and Income (Workforce Development) in addition to previously allocated funds in Warren County.

These additional allocations are a part of the third year of investments into United Way’s Community Impact focus on the issues of Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net. The new platform was completed in 2015 with a base of more than 18 months of research including 55 community conversations, nearly 5,000 surveys and extensive secondary research evaluation.

Guided by the community’s input, available dollars in the allocations pool from campaign dollars that were raised last year were designated towards programs impacting issues with Transportation and Workforce Development. In Warren County, there were remaining dollars left to impact these area based on the lack of sufficient applications to assist with Transportation and Workforce Development needs. These gaps in program applications allowed for several organizations to submit an application for the summer investments process and subsequent volunteer review during this abbreviated timeline.

United Way’s Regional Safety Net and Income Committees worked over the summer to determine the best approach to allocating the remaining Transportation and Workforce Development dollars that were available after the initial allocations process in Warren County. The Regional Safety Net and Income Committees are comprised of experts from across the region who volunteered their time to review all the applications submitted for summer investments and evaluated the program descriptions and outcomes, matching them against the United Way Community Impact Platform strategies. These dedicated volunteers took their jobs seriously to ensure the utmost impact would be made through this funding.

The United Way Board of Directors reviewed and approved the 2018-19 Transportation and Workforce Development Summer Investments program funding recommendations as presented by the committees on August 23, 2018.

As a result, the following funding amounts have been awarded to the following Transportation programs in Warren County:

                        Hotel Inc. Transportation   $5,000

The Hotel Inc. Transportation Program provides transportation via car, offers bus passes, and also distributes gas vouchers to low income individuals with a car. The program will be expanding to offer bike purchase/ rental. These funds will be used to purchase the bike equipment including the bikes, locks, helmets, and vests.

                        The International Center of Kentucky Sustaining Self Sufficiency Program  $8,500

The International Center of Kentucky’s Sustaining Self Sufficiency Program will provide additional transportation to work, health facilities, and to receive proper government documentation for our local refugee and international population.

                        WROTE, INC’s Mobile Grocery Store Program  $15,000

WROTE, INC’s Mobile Grocery Store Program will serve the “food desert” around the area of the Bowling Green Housing Authority. This program will acquire a bus to transport groceries into those neighborhoods so that residents may purchase inexpensive and healthy food. A collaboration with SOKY Marketplace and the community garden will assist in providing the low-cost food.


The following funding amount has also been awarded to the following Workforce Development program in Warren County:



SKYCTC’S SKY FAME Program is a partnership with regional manufacturers to provide a work-and-learn style training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. At the end of the program, students will earn an Associates in Applied Science degree and have garnered 1,800 hours of work experience.



“Transportation is barrier for so many residents in Warren County,” says Debbie Hills, President and CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky. “We have heard time and time again how difficult it can be to maintain employment without proper transportation. We’ve also heard people fearful of declining health because they are unable to make medical appointments or access groceries as they have no way of getting to those important locations. And we know that our fellow community members are struggling to earn a sustainable living due to a lack of skills for the available workforce. In total, this $37,000 investment will make a difference in the lives of individuals who are focused on providing a better life for themselves and their families. These are exactly the type of investments in our community that we envisioned when creating the Community Impact Platform.”          


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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