BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- United Way of Southern Kentucky held a morning news conference to announce 2014 funding for critical issues affecting Warren County. $771,862 will be distributed to help improve the lives of individuals living in Warren County. United Way also celebrated other funding announcements that have occurred across the Southern Kentucky region over the last few weeks. Combined with the Warren County announcement, the overall total equaled a $1,221,630 investment for critical issues.
Allocation dollars were determined based on the work of 60 volunteers from donor organizations in Warren County who invested approximately 600 hours to the process. Volunteers reviewed programs, finances and outcomes to develop the recommendations which focus on how donor dollars are best used to make the most impact on improving lives in the community.
Critical issues in Warren County that will receive funding include:
PERSONAL ABUSE- $220,211
Barren River Area Safe Space Domestic Abuse Crisis Services: $81,214
Family Enrichment Center Wee Care & Respite Child Care: $78,236
CASA of South Central Kentucky CASA Services: $39,074
Hope Harbor Education Program: $21,687
The Salvation Army Homeless Program: $79,464
Kentucky Legal Aid Legal Assistance: $62,310
The Salvation Army Feeding Program: $44,463
Hospice of Southern Kentucky Health Care for the Terminally Ill: $31,574
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT- $118,608
Boys and Girls Club After-School and Summer Enrichment: $88,198
Big Brothers Big Sisters One-to-One Mentoring: $30,410
SENIOR SERVICES- $102,408
Community Action of Southern Kentucky Foster Grandparent Program: $40,547
Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman Long Term Care Ombudsman: $29,551
Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling: $32,310
SUBSTANCE ABUSE- $97,476
Barren River Area Safe Space Safety First: $36,714
The International Center Learn English & Prosper: $15,350
United Way of Southern Kentucky supports sixteen programs being provided by thirteen agencies in Warren County. These 16 programs provided 25,368 services to people in need in Bowling Green-Warren County in the past year. Specific accomplishments cited included:
· BRASS crisis advocates responded to 5,500 calls on the two United Way funded 24-hour phone lines.
· The Salvation Army provided 53,336 hot meals to 5,738 low-income individuals and 6,801 food boxes were distributed to 2,494 individuals.
· Kentucky Legal Aid established $160,000 in annualized child support for 130 children in low-income, single parent homes.
· 96% of the 585 youth enrolled at Boys and Girls Club increased their knowledge in 5 of 7 program areas such as Character/Leadership, Health/Life Skills and Education/Career.
· 75% of the children completing the early education program at Wee Care Child Care demonstrated school readiness by meeting the appropriate milestones.
· Hope Harbor provided over 6,000 Warren County children with education programs to help reduce their risk of experiencing sexual abuse and/or assault.
Across Southern Kentucky, 53,140 services were provided to people in need. The total investment of $1,221,630 across the 10 county United Way of Southern Kentucky coverage area (Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren Counties) included investments in the following critical issue areas:
PERSONAL ABUSE- $288,816
SENIOR SERVICES- $178,867
SUBSTANCE ABUSE- $153,166
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT- $138,381
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