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United Way of the Bluegrass: By the numbers, the support of donors and volunteers yields results

Timothy Johnson, president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, reports that through the generous support of a community of donors and volunteers, 2019 yielded the following:    • 95% of the 16,000 people who called, texted, or emailed our 2-1-1 contact center were directed to community resources to meet their basic needs. • 1,100 low-income individuals received the training that they needed...

United Way of the Bluegrass selects Tomothy Johnson as newest president and CEO

The United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) Board of Directors announced the unanimous approval and selection of Timothy Johnson as the new President and CEO for the organization today following an extensive five-month search. “We received over 60 applications from candidates in Central Kentucky and throughout the country,” said Dr. Don Tharpe, Chair of the executive search committee and member of...

Lexington activates Phase 2 Heat Alert as temperatures, heat index expected to reach mid-90s

With temperatures and the heat index forecast to be in the mid-90s, Lexington Emergency Management has activated its Phase 2 Heat Alert. The combination of heat and humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially with the very young and elderly. Everyone is advised to drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous activity during the middle of the day and check on elderly...

Fayette County Public Schools employees donate nearly $37,000 during United Way giving campaign

Employees of Fayette County Public Schools have contributed more than $36,800 through the district’s 2018-19 United Way giving campaign. These funds will support local efforts to provide for United Way of the Bluegrass partners and programs that make impacts in education, financial stability, and basic needs in Lexington and across Central Kentucky. Starting this school year, FCPS employees had...

Search underway to replace retiring Bill Farmer as president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass

Bill Farmer, President and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG), announced his retirement from the organization last month. Farmer has served in this role with UWBG for 10 years and plans to move back to his hometown of Rocky Mount, North Carolina along with his wife, Kehaulani later this year. Board Chair, Paul Rooke said, “Bill has made a tremendous contribution to UWBG and his leadership...

United Way of the Bluegrass offering free tax filing assistance at twelve sites in Central Kentucky

United Way of the Bluegrass announced the kick-off of its annual free tax preparation program on Friday in celebration of EITC Awareness Day – a national grassroots effort to spotlight the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Local residents can receive valuable help this tax season through the Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project (CKEEP), which is providing free tax preparation assistance...

United Way of the Bluegrass President and CEO Bill Farmer announces plan to retire later this year

Bill Farmer, President and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, will retire later this year after leading one of the area’s largest nonprofits for over 9 years, the organization announced Thursday. Bill Farmer (Photo from UWBG) After assuming the role in 2009, Farmer helped the organization successfully transition to a Community Impact model and led the implementation of the Big Bold Goal to help...

United Way of the Bluegrass announces new board members; Paul Rooke will serve as chairman

United Way of the Bluegrass announced the appointment of seven new members to its Regional Board of Directors. Paul Rooke New members include Alethea Bernard; Sarah Bosso (Robert Half), Cam Freeman (Old National Bank), Bob Kain (Jack Kain Ford), Don Tharpe (Ashley Rountree), Sharon Votaw (Lexmark), and Frank Voss (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky). Paul Rooke, who retired as Chairman and CEO of...

Harvie and Nellie Wilkinson to chair United Way of the Bluegrass annual campaign, aim to raise $4 milllion

United Way of the Bluegrass kicked off its annual campaign at an event earlier this week, sponsored by Community Trust Bank. Harvie and Nellie Wilkinson were announced as volunteer Campaign Co-Chairs and will lead the 2018-2019 fundraising effort. The pair unveiled a community campaign goal of $4M in front of an audience of corporate partners, agency partners, and local supporters. Harvie and Nellie...

United Way, Fayette County Schools collecting supplies for Back to School rallies through July 31

United Way of the Bluegrass and its member-led affinity groups, Women United and Young Leaders Society are partnering with Fayette County Public Schools to collect supplies for the Back to School Rallies, hosted by United Way community partner, YMCA of Central Kentucky. Donated supplies will benefit local students and will be distributed in early August. Women United members will donate 250 USB flash...

Amazon donates 600 backpacks of winter essentials for the homeless to United Way of the Bluegrass

Ahead of harsh winter weather and the holidays, local Amazon associates made a very special delivery. Last week, Amazon employees donated 600 backpacks full of winter essentials to United Way of the Bluegrass to help people facing homelessness. Each backpack is filled with a winter hat, winter gloves, winter wool socks, all-purpose first aid kit, toiletries kit, Purell hand and face sanitizing wipes...

United Way of the Bluegrass needs volunteers for community Day of Action on June 21

United Way of the Bluegrass will host a community Day of Action, presented by BC Wood Properties, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and volunteers are needed. The regional event is an invitation for people to get involved by volunteering to help local nonprofit partners. United Way of the Bluegrass is still in need of volunteers for a variety of projects. Partner agencies will host volunteer activities...

United Way of the Bluegrass President Farmer will deliver commencement address at Transylvania

Bill Farmer, president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, will deliver Transylvania University’s commencement address on Saturday, May 27, as the 237-year-old institution celebrates its 2017 graduates. “Community partnership is an integral part of a liberal arts education,” Transylvania President Seamus Carey said. “Mr. Farmer’s dedication to the Lexington community offers compelling...

United Way of the Bluegrass to host community-wide Day of Action on June 21 in nine counties

United Way of the Bluegrass will host a community Day of Action, presented by BC Wood Properties, on Saturday, June 21. The regional volunteer effort is an invitation for people and organizations in the area to unite and take action to address a variety of challenges facing our communities today. United Way of the Bluegrass is calling for volunteers to come together on June 21 to help fight for the...

Summer Countdown to Kindergarten activities help get Fayette County kids ready for school

Children starting kindergarten in Fayette County Public Schools this fall can participate in several fun and educational activities through the seventh annual Countdown to Kindergarten (C2K), in which community organizations offer free and low-cost events for newly registered students and their families. The summer lineup of mostly Saturday activities runs June 1 through Aug. 13. Click here for a...

‘End Panhandling Now’ van to offer ride, job to those asking for help, Mayor Gray announces

Mayor Jim Gray is offering a hand up directly to those asking for a hand out on Lexington’s street corners with an “End Panhandling Now!” van that will travel Lexington streets, offering a ride and a job to those who want an opportunity to work and earn. The van will be operated by New Life Day Center. With approval from the Urban County Council, the City plans to donate the van to the organization....

UK College of Law, United Way of the Bluegrass again providing free tax preparation starting Feb. 20

The University of Kentucky College of Law will continue one of its signature pro bono efforts — the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The UK Tax Clinic will be open Monday, Feb. 20, through Tuesday, April 18. Taxpayers can schedule an appointment at http://law.uky.edu/tax. The UK Law VITA site is one of 19 in Central Kentucky operating with the help of United Way of the Bluegrass....

United Way of the Bluegrass, local partners lead service project to honor troops

United Way of the Bluegrass, in conjunction with the National 9/11 Day of Service, recently completed a special service project in Fayette, Woodford and Scott counties collecting items to benefit troops serving in the 1-320th Field Artillery Unit, 101st Airborne Division, currently based in Iraq. Throughout the month of September local businesses and participating schools collected books, toiletries,...

Help available around the clock to Bluegrass residents seeking health, human services assistance

United Way of the Bluegrass has expanded the hours of its 2-1-1 Contact Center, which currently offers service to residents in Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford counties. Residents in these counties can now dial 2-1-1 at any time – day or night, weekday or weekend,...

Rupp Arena’s 40th anniversary celebration will raise money for United Way of the Bluegrass

In celebration of Rupp Arena’s 40th anniversary, and coinciding with the date of Rupp’s first concert (Lawrence Welk on Oct. 17, 1976,) Rupp Arena is partnering with six local businesses to commemorate the occasion. On Monday, Oct. 17, local businesses will participate in #RuppTurns40, featuring specialty items, created in honor of Rupp Arena. A percentage of the proceeds of the sale of these items...