Since 1949 Heart of Kentucky United Way has served Boyle County. As the organization grew, Lincoln county joined the effort to change lives in 2004, Mercer county joined forces with Heart of Kentucky United Way in 2006 to more efficiently serve the community & benefit clients in need, followed by Garrard county-- the area of our most recent growth. Heart of Kentucky United Way collaborates with over 30 area agencies that provide 50+ vital programs in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Emergency Crisis service to improve the lives of over 55,000 families and individuals in our 4-county service area each year. In 2006 Heart of Kentucky United Way partnered with Ephraim McDowell Health, The Salvation Army and the Boyle County Health Dept. to launch the HOPE Clinic and Pharmacy to provide health care to the uninsured and low-income population with chronic diseases. The Hope Clinic continues to provide vital services in our community and exemplifies the community impact model we strive toward.
As part of the United Way system that started in 1887, when a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city’s welfare problems. Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William J.O’Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman put their heads together to plan the first united campaign for ten health and welfare agencies. They created an organization to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities, as well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred. That year, Denver raised $21,700 and created a movement that would spread throughout the country to become the United Way. More than 125 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people’s lives.
In 1949 Heart of Kentucky United Way began serving the community of Boyle County. As the organization grew, the communities of Garrard and Lincoln joined the effort to change lives. In 2006, Mercer county joined forces with Heart of Kentucky United Way to more efficiently serve the community. It is the vision of Heart of Kentucky United Way to serve as a catalyst to transform communities. By mobilizing people to give, advocate, and volunteer, Heart of Kentucky United Way is creating opportunities for a good life for all.
*Committed to 41 community partner programs across 4 counties; serve 41,000+ beneficiaries yearly
*In 2ndyear of providing web-based interactive system for agency & community organization programs to apply for funding, 100+ area volunteers review & evaluate program impacts, improved staff efficiency & year round communication with partners & volunteers
*Adopted 3-yr Strategic Plan that identifies key result areas to complete our transformation to a Community Impact model: Citizen Engagement, Community Impact, Team Performance for staff & volunteer board, technology enhancements, & resource development
*Completed Marketing/Communication Plan to better inform & help all citizens/external stakeholders in 4-county service area understand HKUW's transformation, increase citizen engagement to e-advocate-volunteer to help people in our service area improve our communities
*Continue developing key community impact working relationships with foundations-companies & their workforce-faith based groups-individuals-community systems-volunteer organizations-government-academia for HKUW's efforts to transform communities & improve lives
*Created/implementing a 3-yr resource development plan to grow & diversify revenue, mobilize resources, better understand current & prospective donors, increase volunteer engagement opportunities & donor recognition.
1. Volunteer engagement strategic plan to leverage the power of volunteers across the four counties of our service area
2. Community partner training regarding data/outcomes measurement to increase capacity during this transition to a community impact United Way.
Heart of Kentucky United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. To determine the needs, we conducted 200+ conversations and heard the aspirations of residents of our communities. Our focus is now on Education, Income, Health, and Crisis/Emergency Services.
To meet community aspirations expressed by participants of community conversations and data based need studies, Heart of Kentucky United Way serves as the catalyst to transform communities by bringing people and resources together. Your investment in Heart of Kentucky United Way is an investment in your community! We invite you to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate, and you can volunteer. That is what it means to LIVE UNITED.
The vision of Heart of Kentucky United Way is to be a catalyst to transform the communities of Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, & Mercer counties. Heart of Kentucky United Way is the only organization in the 4-county area that works to advance the common good by recruiting people & organizations who bring passion, expertise, & resources needed to get things done.To mobilize people to give, advocate, and volunteer, Heart of Kentucky United Way began by listening & will continue to listen. In order to determine the communities' aspirations, citizens from all walks of life were convened to share their ideals. What emerged were aspirations for Education, Income, Health, & Emergency Service. Research shows that these 4 areas are the essential building blocks for a good quality of life.
Heart of Kentucky United Way has been very successful as a fund raising organization. For a community its size, twice it was the highest per capita giving United Way in the US. Dollars were allocated to numerous good & worthwhile programs, but our problems were not only diminishing, some were actually getting worse. By transforming to a community impact model where we address root causes and system change, partners must use evidence based practices that show measurable, long term impact. No band-aid approach will get us to where we want to be. Heart of Kentucky United Way is committed to this impact work by focusing on the 3 building blocks for a good life – Education, Income and Health.The citizens of Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, and Mercer envision their community comprised of children & youth who enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed and youth able to complete high school ready for college, career, and/or life, citizens who have adequate income & assets to independently meet their families' needs, individual & families who are healthier. Citizens who invest in their communities through the Heart of Kentucky United Way entrust us with the responsibility of listening to their aspirations, bringing citizens from our communities together to determine the programs that meet community needs, are most effective and create lasting change, and watch over their investment by partnering with agencies and community organizations that administer the programs. This assures those investing in their community that their dollars will have the maximum impact possible.
Heart of Kentucky United Way has heard the voice of the citizens of our communities. We will continue to bring people together and listen. Our mission is to meet these aspirations by mobilizing people to give, advocate, and volunteer focusing in the areas of Education, Income and Health. We invite you to be a part of the change. That is what it means to Live United.
It is important that we dream of a better tomorrow for ourselves, our children and our neighbors. We can turn those dreams into reality by better ensuring that children enter school ready to learn and graduate high school ready for college or a job; equipping families with the tools to earn the income to meet their needs for food, clothing and housing; and helping people improve their quality of life through good health. Our vision of improving the lives of those we call family and friends is accomplished through the generous gifts from those who care.
As president of the Heart of Kentucky United Way, I know firsthand of the meaningful ways that your donations have improved lives. I have seen their faces and heard their stories of renewed hope. We all benefit when our children are educated, when people are working, and when everyone has enough to eat. Your donation of money or time is not a contribution to the United Way, but a gift of hope for a better tomorrow for all we touch.
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Citizens of Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, & Mercer counties envision their community comprised of children & youth who are able to achieve their educational potential, citizens who are financially stable & independent, people who are able to improve & maintain their health, & assistance to those who are in crisis.
The citizens who invest in their communities through Heart of Kentucky United Way entrust us with the responsibility of listening to their aspirations, bringing citizens from our communities together to determine the programs that will create lasting change, & watching over their investment by partnering with agencies who administer those programs. This assures individuals & businesses investing in their community their dollars haveg the maximum impact possible.
Heart of Kentucky United Way hears the voices of the citizens of our communities & will continue to bring people together, & to listen. Our mission is to meet these aspirations by mobilizing people to give, advocate, & volunteer. We invite you to be a part of the change. That's what it means to Live United.
HKUW provides funding to agencies and other community partners who provide programs and services that meet identified community needs in the areas of EDUCATION, INCOME, and HEALTH for individuals and families who live and work in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties. Providers who apply and their programs are reviewed annually by trained community volunteers for sound fiscal management, organizational capacity and effectiveness, alignment of programs and services with community needs and HKUW goals, priorities and strategies. HKUW Funded programs demonstrate measureable program outcomes and track and report client/community results that show positive improvement in the lives of their clients and the communities located in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties.
Results show improved school success for children and youth. Results show more families independently meet their families' needs through employment, job skills training and adult education, budgeting and personal financial management skills. Results show community resources for crisis services provide coordinated short term assistance for housing, food, and essential needs as well as information, referral and access to community resources to improve clients’ knowledge and skills to move toward financial independence. Results show children and adults improve their health and wellness.
Priorities: Increase access to affordable, quality preschool. Increase parents' understanding, confidence, and skills in helping children prepare for school. Increase public awareness and support for investing in early childhood education.
Strategies: Offer Parent-to-Parent mentoring. Provide early childhood programming that prepares children to succeed in school and life. Increase parent engagement in and understanding of earl child development. Extend parenting education to work place, health care providers, neighborhoods, churches, schools.
Goal 2: Youth complete High school ready for college, career, and/or life. Measurement Tool: College Career Readiness Scores. Population Indictor: Increase the percentage of high school graduates who are college and/or career ready.
Priorities: Ensure all children are on grade level in reading and math by third grade. Connect students with the support and skills they need to succeed in school. Equip parents and supportive adults to help children be ready for and succeed in school.
Strategies: Provide after school programming that develops life skills, including but not limited to problem solving, coping, self-care, and communication skills. Provide youth with knowledge and skills required in the workplace. Increase parent and youth engagement in and understanding of college and career readiness. Increase youth access to a caring adult role model. Extend parenting education (mentors, workshops, classes) to workplace, neighborhoods, churches, schools.
Goal: Families have adequate income and assets to independently meet their families' needs. Measurement Tool: US Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. Population Indictor: Increase the median household income.
Priorities: Decrease barriers to employment and higher education. Increase ability to manage personal finances effectively. Help people in crisis become self-sufficient.
Strategies -Support individuals and families in establishing budgeting and banking skills. Increase access to and coordination between self-sufficiency services and individuals/families. Connect families and individuals in crisis to housing, food, health care, and transportation. Increase employability of individuals through education/training for skills required for the region's employment opportunities. Support micro-enterprise training and creation.
Goal: Individuals and families are healthier. Measurement Tool: Kentucky County Health Rankings. Population Indictor: Healthier individuals and families.
Priorities: Pursue and promote healthy living and lifestyle for children. Pursue and promote healthy living and lifestyle for adults. Increase access and coordination of affordable health care services for all.
Strategies: Establish place-based wellness coalitions to educate and motivate healthy choices. Increase access to healthy food & physical activities. Increase access to preventive health services. Increase individuals; and families' engagement in and understanding of health. Improve individuals' and families' healthy behaviors. Ensure individuals and families are safe.
Heart of Kentucky United Way hears the voices of the citizens of our communities & will continue to bring people together, & to listen. Our mission is to meet these aspirations by mobilizing people to give, advocate, & volunteer. We invite you to be a part of the change. That is what it means to Live United.
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