UPDATED: United Way Recognizes Those Who Give, Advocate and Volunteer

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UPDATE: 9:35PM The United Way of Southern Kentucky took a moment Thursday night to recognize those who have given, advocated and volunteered in our community in the past year.

United Way donors have pledged more than $1.8 million for the 2013-2014 campaign, and that money will support 38 programs and 29 agencies in our region.

This year, U.S. Bank walked away with the Live United Award, which goes to the company that exemplifies the United Way's core values the most.

"There's a lot of great organizations in this community, and we contribute and donate time to a lot of those, but right at the top of the list is United Way of Southern Kentucky. There's no way we could support an organization and benefit more people in need, than we do when we support the United Way of Southern Kentucky," said US Bank Regional President Craig Browning.

Logan Aluminum earned the award for the top campaign for corporate and employee giving, and the folks here at WBKO received the advocate award for promoting United Way's cause. See below for a complete list of winners.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- More than 250 Southern Kentucky residents joined United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) for the LIVE UNITED Community Celebration on Thursday, January 23rd at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.

The celebration recognized the triumphs of organizations that excelled in furthering the mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky in 2013. The awards structure was centralized around the call to action issued by United Way of Southern Kentucky for those in our community to LIVE UNITED through giving, advocating, and volunteering. 36 awards were presented during the celebration to organizations representing Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson and Warren counties.

Bill Greer, Atmos Energy, emceed the event as United Way of Southern Kentucky presented the following awards to organizations for their support in 2013:

(NOTE: Basic criteria for all “give” awards is that the organization must have the same or increased giving versus the prior year)

Greatest Giving Increases (employee and corporate giving combined)
Increase of $5,000 - $9,999
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
JM Smucker Company
Trace Die Cast
UAW – General Motors Corvette Assembly
Warren County Public Schools

Increase of $10,000 - $14,999
Bowling Green Metalforming
Georgia Pacific

Increase of $15,000 +
Fruit of the Loom
Logan Aluminum

Leadership Investment Awards (employee giving)
Most leadership dollars from organizations employing:
Less than 100 employees
100 – 249 employees
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
More than 250 employees
Fruit of the Loom

New Campaign Partner of the Year
Highest giving, per capita and participation

Outstanding Nonprofit Agency Campaign
Highest giving, per capita, participation and increases (giving, per capita, participation)
Kentucky Legal Aid

Give United Award (campaign of the year)
Highest giving, per capita, participation and increase from organizations employing:
Less than 100 employees
100-249 employees
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
More than 250 employees
Logan Aluminum

Top 10 campaigns for overall corporate and employee giving in 2013:
10. Georgia Pacific – Dixie
9. J.M. Smucker Company
8. Western Kentucky University
7. Warren RECC
6. Hill’s Pet Nurtition
5. Trace Die Cast
4. U.S. Bank
3. UAW – General Motors Corvette Assembly
2. Fruit of the Loom
1. Logan Aluminum


Advocate United Award
Organization that has most promoted United Way on numerous levels in support of the Give, Advocate, Volunteer mission


Volunteer Investment Awards
Top Organizations with the largest % of employees volunteering in multiple United Way functions (allocations, campaign, marketing, board of directors)
BB&T – Bowling Green
Fruit of the Loom
RR Donnelley
U.S. Bank
Western Kentucky University

Volunteer United Award
Organization that embodies United Way’s volunteering mission through participation in multiple United Way functions and United Way critical service areas
U. S. Bank


Organization that embodies the Live United spirit through year round support and enthusiasm for United Way
English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley

Honorable Mentions:
RR Donnelley
UAW – GM Corvette Assembly

Finalists for the premier award for the year, the LIVE UNITED Award, were previously announced. This award was presented to the company that exemplifies United Way’s core Give, Advocate and Volunteer goals through outstanding campaign support including increased giving, high participation and per capita, advocating internally and externally on behalf of United Way and its critical service areas throughout the year, and exceptional volunteer participation from a large base of employees. The top 3 finalists for the LIVE UNITED Award included: Fruit of the Loom, Greenview Regional Hospital, and U.S. Bank.
Following the recognition of the three finalists, the Live United Award was presented to:
U.S. Bank

2013-14 campaign totals for dollars raised were also announced. For the 2013-14 United Way campaign, donors have pledged a total of $1,801,299 for Southern Kentucky friends and neighbors. This represents a 2% over last year’s giving total. Over the next two months, these efforts will continue as staff and volunteers continue to work with businesses which have not yet reported results.

Examples of services that were provided in 2013 were celebrated including:
• 38 programs and 29 agencies funded in the 10 county BRADD region
• $1,242,989 invested in those programs
• BRASS crisis advocates responded to 5,320 calls on the two United Way funded, 24-hour phone lines.
• The Salvation Army provided 48,700 hot meals to 5,343 low-income individuals.
• Kentucky Legal Aid established $388,000 in annualized child support for 313 children in
low-income, single parent homes.
• 96% of the 575 youth enrolled at Boys & Girls Club increased their knowledge in 5 of 7 program areas such as Character & Leadership, Health & Life Skills, and Education & Career.
• 83% of the children completing the early education program at Wee Care Child Care demonstrated school readiness by meeting the appropriate milestones.

Also recognized was United Way’s continued work to directly impact issues and problems in the community in 2013:
• More than 41,000 nonperishable food items collected by 847 volunteers in the Feed the Need food drive
• More than 800 volunteers joined nonprofit agencies in our area to complete more than 60 projects in the annual Day of Caring

Thanks to the generosity of people in Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties, United Way hopes to expand on the more than 55,993 services that were provided to residents of Southern Kentucky moving forward in 2014.

During the Annual Meeting, incoming members of the United Way of Southern Kentucky Board of Directors were approved including:
 Craig Browning, U.S. Bank
 Robert Clayton, Warren County Public Schools
 Tamara Vogler, BB&T
 Mike Grubbs, City of Bowling Green (third term extension)

In addition, the following slate of officers were approved by the membership for 2014:
 Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent Schools – Chairman
 Ann Puckett, BKD LLP – Chair Elect
 Brad Odil, WBKO – Treasurer

Steve Wallace, President and CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky, stated, “I’m proud of the partnership United Way has with every one of the outstanding businesses recognized here tonight. They have made the decision to make a real difference in their communities by answering United Way’s call to Give, Advocate, and Volunteer in support of those in need. Tonight’s awards are a reflection of their incredible accomplishments, and they are truly deserving of each and every award.
The same holds true for the 2014 United Way of Southern Kentucky’s Board of Directors. Through their combined efforts on this board, they are sending a clear message to all of southern Kentucky that being impoverished, illiterate, abused, or neglected does not have to be a way of life. There are resources in place to help anyone in need. You see, for us LIVE UNITED is not a slogan, it’s a way of life…the United Way.”

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 in our community. United Way is focused on critical issues including poverty, literacy, personal abuse, substance abuse, youth development, senior services, and physical and developmental disabilities. 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. 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.

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