Bowling Green, Ky (WBKO) --- The United Way of Southern Kentucky is investing $37,000 in transportation and workforce development programs in Warren County.
"For those of us that have cars we really don't understand the issue that transportation is for many people in the community and it's transportation for the most basic of things being able to get to work, to the grocery, to a doctors appointment, you know we get in our car and drive anywhere we want to anytime we want, but for many people in the community that's not an option," said Debbie Hills, CEO and President of United Way of Southern Kentucky.
Hills says they've had many people come forward with concerns about the difficulty to maintain employment without proper transportation.
$5,000 was awarded to Hotel Inc. Transportation which provides transportation via car, offers bus passes, and also distributes gas vouchers to low income individuals with a car.
$8,500 was awarded to The International Center of Kentucky Sustaining Self Sufficiency Program which provides additional transportation to work, health facilities, and to receives proper government documentation for local refugees and international populations.
WROTE, INC's Mobile Grocery Store Program will receive $15,000 to help serve the "food desert" around the area of Bowling Green.
SKYCTC's SKY FAME Program will receive $28,500 to provide a work-and-learn style training and a chance to earn a degree.
United Way hopes this investment will make a positive impact in the lives of those individuals focused on providing a better life for themselves and their families.