United Way of the Bluegrass

United Way of the Bluegrass UWBG fights for the basic needs, education and financial stability of Central Kentuckians. Those resources include your donations, your time and your voice.
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For 100 years, United Way of the Bluegrass has been committed to making our community a better place to live. We're a community problem-solver and we work hard to bring people and resources together to tackle some of our community's most pressing challenges. United Way of the Bluegrass focuses the power of community resources to improve the lives of all Central Kentuckians. Every donation to our U

nited Way goes to help people right here in the Bluegrass community. It takes our whole community working together to reach our shared goals. Join us...LIVE UNITED for our community and we can make a difference together.

The Jack Harlow Foundation and Lexington came through for the Sweet Dreams Project on Sunday! Nearly 200 pairs of pajama...
12/06/2023

The Jack Harlow Foundation and Lexington came through for the Sweet Dreams Project on Sunday! Nearly 200 pairs of pajamas were donated by concert-goers. Thank you to everyone who contributed! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

There's still time to join us TONIGHT at Blue Stallion Brewing Company for the Spelling Bee(r), supporting the Sweet Dre...
12/06/2023

There's still time to join us TONIGHT at Blue Stallion Brewing Company for the Spelling Bee(r), supporting the Sweet Dreams Project! โœจโ›…๏ธ๐ŸŒœ

Help give kids a sweeter holiday while showing off your spelling prowess and enjoying great beer with friends. Cheers! ๐Ÿป

Pre-register here: https://bit.ly/3GADokd

United Way of the Bluegrass is hiring for TWO WayPoint Coordinator positions: East End and Multi-Site!This role acts as ...
12/05/2023

United Way of the Bluegrass is hiring for TWO WayPoint Coordinator positions: East End and Multi-Site!

This role acts as the primary site coordinator responsible for day-to-day management and operations, routine implementation and ex*****on of standard operational procedures, excellent customer satisfaction and service, and maintaining a professional and inviting workplace environment, among other functions.

Find the full job descriptions and apply here:
uwbg.org/waypoint-coordinator-east-end
uwbg.org/waypoint-center-coordinator-multi-site

Mark your calendars for December 9th and this local Winter Wellness Event! Details below.
12/05/2023

Mark your calendars for December 9th and this local Winter Wellness Event! Details below.

Weโ€™re proud of our Board Chair, Dr. Kenneth Jones, for being honored at the National Association of Extension Program & ...
12/04/2023

Weโ€™re proud of our Board Chair, Dr. Kenneth Jones, for being honored at the National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals Conference with the top honor of Outstanding Contributor! Thanks for showing us how to !

Congratulations to our own Kenneth Jones, Ph.D. on receiving the Association's highest award - Outstanding Contributor Award, at the National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals annual conference this week in Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to being Extension Faculty within CLD, Dr. Jones is also the Director of the Program and Staff Development unit for the UK Cooperative Extension Service.

UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension

This award is the most prestigious award given by NAEPSDP. It recognizes individuals who initiate and develop creative ways to enrich the learning process. Efforts may focus on innovative programming or tools for staff development, evaluation, or administrative processes at local, regional, state or national level.

The Spelling Bee(r) ๐Ÿ is happening SOON on Wednesday, 12/6! Support the Sweet Dreams Project while showing off those spe...
12/01/2023

The Spelling Bee(r) ๐Ÿ is happening SOON on Wednesday, 12/6! Support the Sweet Dreams Project while showing off those spelling chops, enjoying community, and, of course, great beer from Blue Stallion Brewing Company! Your $25 registration includes a $20 donation to SDP, a drink ticket, and a spelling mulligan!

๐Ÿป Register today! https://bit.ly/3uF3HTN

Get Tickets for Sweet Dreams Spelling Beer.

ICYMI: UWBG Director of Marketing and Engagement Jenn Goble spoke to Doug and Lyssa on ABC 36 earlier this week about th...
12/01/2023

ICYMI: UWBG Director of Marketing and Engagement Jenn Goble spoke to Doug and Lyssa on ABC 36 earlier this week about the Sweet Dreams Project and all the ways you can support this initiative, now in its 8th year!

https://bit.ly/3T3y6Fq

Categories: News at Noon, Noon Guests Tags: jenn goble, Project, sweet dreams, uwbg

Jack Harlow is collecting PJs for the Sweet Dreams Project at his Lexington show this Sunday, 12/3! If you plan to be th...
11/30/2023

Jack Harlow is collecting PJs for the Sweet Dreams Project at his Lexington show this Sunday, 12/3! If you plan to be there, remember to bring a pair of children's pajamas (size XS-XL) to donate!

Read more about the Metro United Way x The Jack Harlow Foundation partnership here: https://bit.ly/3N7A0RQ

There's still time to join us this Saturday, 12/2, for the Santa's Open Golf Classic ๐ŸŽ… at The Woodford Club! โ›ณ๏ธ  Proceed...
11/29/2023

There's still time to join us this Saturday, 12/2, for the Santa's Open Golf Classic ๐ŸŽ… at The Woodford Club! โ›ณ๏ธ Proceeds from this event benefit the UWBG Sweet Dreams Project! uwbg.org/sweetdreams.

Register yourself or your team today! https://bit.ly/40QeAy3

๐Ÿ‘ It's Giving Tuesday! We hope you'll consider donating to UWBG's Sweet Dreams Project this holiday. Help us give the gi...
11/28/2023

๐Ÿ‘ It's Giving Tuesday! We hope you'll consider donating to UWBG's Sweet Dreams Project this holiday. Help us give the gift of sweet dreams to kids across the Bluegrass this year!

Over the coming weeks, we'll be working like Santa's elves to assemble care packages, including new PJs, books, hygiene supplies, and snacks for students from 40 schools across 13 districts. Just $20 outfits one child with all of the above items.

Check out our Amazon WishList for our most needed items that will ship directly to us: https://amzn.to/47tPxDr

Holiday shopping doesn't have to break the bank! Follow a few easy guidelines and shop responsibly this Cyber Monday (wh...
11/27/2023

Holiday shopping doesn't have to break the bank! Follow a few easy guidelines and shop responsibly this Cyber Monday (while still participating in all the fun of giving) โžก๏ธ

๐Ÿ’ธ Create a budget and stick to it - You'll avoid overspending when you have a defined limit
๐Ÿ’ธ Use cash - It's easier to control your spending when you stick to just what's in your wallet
๐Ÿ’ธ Remember the "Myth of the Card" - Don't forget, you'll have to pay interest on any over-budget credit card charges
๐Ÿ’ธ Compare prices - Use coupons, shop around, and ask retailers about price-matching
๐Ÿ’ธ Be unique! Remember, you don't have to spend money to give a thoughtful gift - think outside the box!

Who's seeing Jack Harlow on his No Place Like Home: The Kentucky Tour this holiday season? The Jack Harlow Foundation is...
11/27/2023

Who's seeing Jack Harlow on his No Place Like Home: The Kentucky Tour this holiday season? The Jack Harlow Foundation is collecting needed items for local initiatives at each of his tour stops across the state!

He'll be at Rupp Arena THIS Saturday, 12/3, collecting donations of new children's PJs (size XS-XL) to support the Sweet Dreams Project! Be sure to bring a pair to drop off at the door!

We're hugely grateful to The Jack Harlow Foundation and our friends at Metro United Way for coordinating these holiday drives. There's truly no place like home!

Are you seeing Jack Harlow next Sunday at Rupp? We are THRILLED to share that Jack and his team will be collecting new k...
11/26/2023

Are you seeing Jack Harlow next Sunday at Rupp?

We are THRILLED to share that Jack and his team will be collecting new kids' PJs at this show in support of the Sweet Dreams Project! Simply drop your donations off at the door and help make the holidays sweeter for local students.

Learn more about the Sweet Dreams Project here: uwbg.org/sweetdreams

The Sweet Dreams Project needs your support this Black Friday/Cyber Monday! While you're online browsing for deals, cons...
11/24/2023

The Sweet Dreams Project needs your support this Black Friday/Cyber Monday! While you're online browsing for deals, consider adding a couple of items from our Amazon WishList to your cart! We're currently collecting donations for local students, and over the next few weeks, volunteers will be assembling care packages for them to enjoy over their holiday break. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ

WishList link! https://amzn.to/46tKVvU

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at United Way of the Bluegrass! ๐Ÿฆƒ We are endlessly thankful for this community, the...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at United Way of the Bluegrass! ๐Ÿฆƒ

We are endlessly thankful for this community, the generosity of its members, and our shared desire to fight for the basic needs, education, and financial stability of every person across the Bluegrass region. You make us strong.

Our offices and WayPoint centers will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Kentucky 211 rema...
11/22/2023

Our offices and WayPoint centers will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Kentucky 211 remains open to meet the needs of our community. Reach out at 211 if you need assistance.

Help us make dreams sweeter for local students this holiday season! Join the Sweet Dreams Project as we collect cozy new...
11/22/2023

Help us make dreams sweeter for local students this holiday season! Join the Sweet Dreams Project as we collect cozy new pajamas, books, hygiene items, and yummy snacks to spread joy and comfort to kids across the Bluegrass!

Donate or volunteer for a packing shift today! uwbg.org/sweetdreams

Join us for a festive day of play to benefit the Sweet Dreams Project! The Santa's Open Golf Classic ๐ŸŽ… takes place on Sa...
11/20/2023

Join us for a festive day of play to benefit the Sweet Dreams Project! The Santa's Open Golf Classic ๐ŸŽ… takes place on Saturday, December 2nd at The Woodford Club. โ›ณ๏ธ

Register your team today! https://bit.ly/40QeAy3

Our United Way of the Bluegrass WayPoint Centers are your one-stop shop for assistance with employment, personal finance...
11/17/2023

Our United Way of the Bluegrass WayPoint Centers are your one-stop shop for assistance with employment, personal finance, housing, food, education, health, and so much more.

Call or email to schedule an appointment today!

East End WayPoint at the Charles Young Community Center
[email protected]
(859) 436-1130 ext. 108

West End WayPoint at the Black and Williams Neighborhood Community Center
Shawn Kaโ€™Ron Bumpase
[email protected]
(859) 977-7388

WayPoint Center at Centro de San Juan Diego
Delia Virto
[email protected]
(859) 977-7385

WayPoint Center at the Paris-Bourbon County YMCA
Nadia Hutsell
[email protected]
(859) 977-7396

Let's come together to make dreams sweeter for local students this holiday season! Join the Sweet Dreams Project as we c...
11/16/2023

Let's come together to make dreams sweeter for local students this holiday season! Join the Sweet Dreams Project as we collect cozy new pajamas, books, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and yummy snacks to help spread joy and comfort to kids across the Bluegrass!

If youโ€™d like to donate, click here to get started: uwbg.org/sweetdreams

Stay tuned for details on volunteering and packing opportunities!

11/15/2023

On this National Philanthropy Day, we want to recognize our wonderful donors - individual, corporate, and everything in between - for committing millions of dollars to support the work of United Way of the Bluegrass and our agency partners.

We honored Beam Suntory at a National Philanthropy Day event last week for their openhanded support of UWBG and our initiatives. We couldn't do anything without the generous help from partners like Beam!

UWBG fights for the basic needs, education and financial stability of Central Kentuckians.

Do you fancy yourself a stellar speller? Are you determined to defend your 3rd-grade spelling bee title?Join United Way ...
11/14/2023

Do you fancy yourself a stellar speller? Are you determined to defend your 3rd-grade spelling bee title?

Join United Way of the Bluegrass and Blue Stallion Brewing Company on December 6 to put your skills to the test in our Spelling Bee(r)! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿป

Your $25 registration includes a $20 donation to the Sweet Dreams Project (purchasing pajamas, a book, snacks, and dental hygiene products for one student), a drink ticket, and a spelling mulligan. Sip on an exclusive Sweet Dreams Project-inspired brew by Blue Stallion. A portion of additional sales will support SDP!

Registration opens at 7:00
Spelling starts at 7:30

Prizes for first and second place
Open to spellers age 21+

Register ahead of the event and/or make a donation here: https://bit.ly/49yvMMB

Thank you to Parlor Salon for running this promotion supporting the Sweet Dreams Project and our agency partner, The Nes...
11/13/2023

Thank you to Parlor Salon for running this promotion supporting the Sweet Dreams Project and our agency partner, The Nest - Center for Women, Children and Families!

The Sweet Dreams Project aims for every area student to have a happy holiday by distributing winter break care packages, including new PJs, books, snacks, and hygiene items.

Give to these two worthy causes and get a great holiday haircut in return - a win-win! Find out all the details in the original post below.

PARLOR SALON GIVES BACK - Parlorโ€™s Christmas Toy and Pajamas Drive

Lexington, KY. - Parlor Salon is having an inaugural Christmas charity event which will run now till December 14th, 2023. Our staff at Parlor is volunteering their skills to support the Lexington community!

Parlor will be offering Haircuts for all Men, Women and Children in exchange for a new $25 toy for birth to 5 year olds -or- bring in 3 of the following items (Pajama Set, kids book, toiletries or non parable snacks). All toys from this event will go to support a special local charity: The Nest. All Pajamas and other items from this event will go to support a special local charity: United Way of the Bluegrass: Sweet Dreams. No appointments needed, but are suggested, you can walk-in at any time during our hours of operation. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can call (859) 368-8485 or online at www.parlorsalonlex.com.

Tyler Blackburn Parlor Salon Owner and Director Stylist said. โ€œWe are very excited to support our community. All I had to do was mention it to our team and everyone was onboard and excited to give up their skills and get involved, which shows how supportive and resilient our team is.โ€

Thank you, veterans, for your service - today and every day. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ "Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely...
11/11/2023

Thank you, veterans, for your service - today and every day. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his countryโ€™s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.โ€ โ€” Abraham Lincoln

We look forward to seeing you Saturday at the East End WayPoint Day & Community Agency Fair! Learn more about the work U...
11/10/2023

We look forward to seeing you Saturday at the East End WayPoint Day & Community Agency Fair!

Learn more about the work United Way of the Bluegrass is doing and hear an update from UWBG President & CEO Timothy Johnson on the opening of the Marksbury Family Waypoint Center at the Historic Palmer Pharmacy.

Throwback to the United Way of the Bluegrass Board Retreat a few weeks ago! UWBG Board members and leadership gathered t...
11/09/2023

Throwback to the United Way of the Bluegrass Board Retreat a few weeks ago! UWBG Board members and leadership gathered to plan for the remainder of the year and into 2024!

We're grateful to Peoples Bank for their $2,000 donation to United Way of the Bluegrass! ๐ŸŽ‰ Thank you for supporting our ...
11/08/2023

We're grateful to Peoples Bank for their $2,000 donation to United Way of the Bluegrass! ๐ŸŽ‰ Thank you for supporting our work fighting for the basic needs, education, and financial stability of everyone in this community.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to get to the polls today and VOTE! Voting is one of the best ways to participat...
11/07/2023

If you haven't done so already, be sure to get to the polls today and VOTE! Voting is one of the best ways to participate in our democracy and create the change we want to see. Let's see those stickers! ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ

Want to make the holidays brighter for local students while enjoying a day of golf with friends and colleagues? Join us ...
11/06/2023

Want to make the holidays brighter for local students while enjoying a day of golf with friends and colleagues? Join us on December 2nd for the United Way of the Bluegrass Santa's Open Golf Classic ๐ŸŽ… at The Woodford Club in Versailles! Proceeds benefit UWBG's Sweet Dreams Project!

Learn more and register your team here! https://bit.ly/3MvbRnM

Santa's Open Golf Classic at the Woodford Club in Versailles is a fundraiser for UWBG's Sweet Dreams Project happening on Saturday, December 2, 2023 with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

Flashback to the United Way of Kentucky Board Retreat last Friday in the Bourbon Capital of Bardstown!
11/03/2023

Flashback to the United Way of Kentucky Board Retreat last Friday in the Bourbon Capital of Bardstown!

Meet the newest United Way of the Bluegrass Development Officer, Andrew Shayde (center left)! Andrew is a finalist in th...
11/02/2023

Meet the newest United Way of the Bluegrass Development Officer, Andrew Shayde (center left)!

Andrew is a finalist in the CBS reality show โ€œBuddy Games,โ€ airing tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm! Join us as we cheer him and his three best friends on to the finish line!

https://bit.ly/45TVLeh

The show features six teams of four friends who compete in various physical and mental challenges.

11/02/2023

Thank you to The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, the Marksbury Family Foundation, and the City of Lexington, Ky - Government for preserving this important historic landmark so that it may continue its legacy of service to this community.

Next Saturday, November 11th, join us for a free event at the Charles Young Community Center to learn more about how Uni...
11/01/2023

Next Saturday, November 11th, join us for a free event at the Charles Young Community Center to learn more about how United Way of the Bluegrass is serving the community and hear an update from Timothy Johnson, President and CEO of UWBG, regarding the opening of the Marksbury Family Waypoint Center at the Historic Palmer Pharmacy.

The Financial Empowerment Fair will take place from 12:30-2:30 pm, followed by a Community Conversation about the current status of the new WayPoint Center from 2:30-3:30 pm.

The Lexington Fayette County Homelessness Response System  End Homelessness has activated its Emergency Winter Weather P...
10/31/2023

The Lexington Fayette County Homelessness Response System End Homelessness has activated its Emergency Winter Weather Plan starting tonight and running through November 2. Find the full plan in the original caption.

The Lexington-Fayette County Homelessness Response System has activated its Emergency Winter Weather Plan for this evening (Monday, October 30th) through and including Thursday morning (November 2nd).

See our full plan for details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BzetPnF0Kk8-DRoCJzpmRIwL9vVS0TbS/view

Happy Halloween from your friends at UWBG! We hope you have a โœจ magical โœจ day with more treats than tricks! ๐ŸŽƒ
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween from your friends at UWBG! We hope you have a โœจ magical โœจ day with more treats than tricks! ๐ŸŽƒ

United Way of the Bluegrass was honored to be in the Winnerโ€™s Circle at Keeneland on Wednesday, celebrating our partners...
10/28/2023

United Way of the Bluegrass was honored to be in the Winnerโ€™s Circle at Keeneland on Wednesday, celebrating our partnership with Keeneland and their investment in the new WayPoint Center at Centro de San Juan Diego.

Learn more about our WayPoint initiative here: www.uwbg.org/waypoint.

The next corporate partner we'd like to recognize is Lexmark! We are SO grateful for the support of this organization ov...
10/26/2023

The next corporate partner we'd like to recognize is Lexmark! We are SO grateful for the support of this organization over the years, and the incredible generosity of their employees.

๐ŸŒŽ To date, Lexmark employees worldwide have
donated more than $28 million to the United Way.

๐ŸŒŽ Lexmark employees contributed $30,650 in 2021 disaster relief donations for victims of Kentucky tornadoes, Boulder forest fires, and a typhoon in Cebu, Philippines. Lexmark contributed an additional $105,000 in corporate gifts to support relief efforts and provide supplies in the affected areas.

Source: Lexmark 2020-21 Community Fact Sheet

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651 Perimeter Drive Suite 510
Lexington, KY
40517

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Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

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For more than 98 years, United Way of the Bluegrass has committed to making our community a better place to live. We fight for the basic needs, education and financial stability of every person in Central Kentucky.We're a community problem-solver and we work hard to convene partners, people and resources to tackle some of our community's most pressing issues.

But we are more than the fundraisers. We are the hand raisers. The game changers.

United, we face poverty. United, we stand up for the children left behind the Bluegrass. United, we battle for veterans across Central Kentucky.

No matter the obstacles. No matter the odds. We surround a communityโ€™s most critical problems. And we fight.



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