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United Way of SoKY announces over $24K in investments in Butler County

(June 25, 2021) - United Way of Southern Kentucky announced today that it is investing a total of $24,170 in Education, Health, and Safety Net programs and services for its July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 funding period in Butler County. Eight local programs provided through 5 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 community research project conducted by United Way that began in 2012 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 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.

In October of 2021, 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 region, 66 total Letters of Intent were submitted requesting funding. Upon review by the Letter of Intent Committee, 49 of those application that were submitted across the 10 county BRADD region were approved for funding.

Allocation dollars were determined based on the work of 97 volunteers working specifically in their home counties of Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren. In total, $1,013,758 will be invested across the 10 county BRADD region as part of the 2021/22 funding cycle.

In BUTLER COUNTY, $24,170 was allocated by volunteers led by Butler County Chair Jason Jones as follows:

EDUCATION: $13,670

Kindergarten Readiness:

Family Enrichment Center, Little Learners: $7,000

College & Career Readiness:

Butler County Schools, Duel Credit Scholarship Program: $3,250

Junior Achievement, Prepared for Success: the JA At-risk High School Initiative: $3,420

HEALTH: $4,500

Access to Affordable Health Care:

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

Kentucky Legal Aid, Benefits Counseling: $500

Safe Home & Community:

Kentucky Legal Aid, Emergency Shelter and Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower (ESCAPE): $1,000

SAFETY NET: $6,000

Access to Basic Needs:

Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland, BackPack Program: $4,000

Kentucky Legal Aid, Emergency Legal Assistance: $2,000

Remaining Investments to be made in Butler County: $20,830

“Although our sixth year of work in Education, Income, Health and Safety Net was an unprecedented one, due to the dedication of our organizational partners and the commitment of our volunteers, these investments were made possible, said Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky. “The change being made, especially in times like these, continues to effect the community positively. The challenges that families in our community are facing make the work even more crucial to the community’s success. We are grateful for the incredible nonprofit agencies that have partnered with us and are excited to see new agencies partnering with us each year. We look forward to continuing this progress through our collective efforts both now and in the future.”

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  

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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