United Way of Central Kentucky (UWCK) is headquartered in Elizabethtown, KY (Hardin County), which is nestled in the heartland of Kentucky near Fort Knox and a short driving distance from the Louisville Metro Area, Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, and Mammoth Cave National Park. UWCK’s service area includes a five-county region of Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue, and Meade Counties. In past decade, the Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Hardin, LaRue and Meade Counties, has been among the fastest growing MSAs in the country and continues to welcome thousands of new residents every year. The local community is among one of the most affordable, yet offers a great quality of life for residents, which is bolstered by great schools, top quality health care, lots of business and job opportunities, plenty to do and friendly people. Over the course of the last six years, our United Way has experienced significant growth with multiple record-breaking campaign drives reaching over $1.4M annually, more strategic Community Impact priorities, and the launch of innovative internal programs. UWCK is highly respected in our community and within the statewide United Way network as an organization that develops solutions to complex challenges. With a staff of four full-time employees and location in the vibrant downtown historical district, there is positive momentum to build upon for this agency which is so vital to our region.
Our signature Community Impact initiative is Way to Work, a program based on the Cincinnati Works model and designed to move families out of poverty through employment. Implementation and sustainability of this important collaboration is UWCK's top priority. Our grant awards are made on an annual basis and funded programs use standardized reporting measures which align with our focus areas of early childhood education, supportive relationships for youth, financial stability, health, and basic needs. UWCK manages additional programs, such as 2-1-1, Born Learning Academies, and CentralKYServes.org. Our volunteer engagement efforts are aligned with our Community Impact priorities and include VITA, Read Tutor Mentor, and Money Sense programs. We have a 2020 Vision Plan in place and are on track to achieve our operational and community goals set forth in this strategic plan.