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George Hearn Award Recipient: Toni Watts

Toni Watts is one impressive woman. She recently earned the George Hearn Award from United Way of the Bluegrass in honor of her work to share the United Way message and inspire her colleagues to engage in their communities. The award was originally established by long-time United Way supporter, volunteer and board member, Fred Kissling, to recognize an outstanding campaign volunteer.


You Know You Want This.

Picture this: The evening has come to a close, and you are the proud winner of an incredible silent auction item. You add a concert to your calendar, make plans to go on a date with your new gift card, or devour a delicious basket of goodies.

You know you want this to be you. Join us on Friday, August 21st for the Night to Unite Preview Party, and you can walk away with one (or more!) of the many silent auction items donated by supporters throughout the community.


Practice What We Preach

There are many different aspects of working at a nonprofit organization that can be challenging at times. Fundraising is certainly one of them. Earlier this year, Jenn Goble and Gary Cremeans set a very aggressive goal for their co-workers at United Way of the Bluegrass. They wanted to support the 2014-2015 campaign by reaching a financial goal of $20,000, and desired to achieve 100% staff participation.

Melissa Gross: Tax Preparation Site Coordinator

CKEEP, the UWBG free tax preparation program, is able to provide tax prep services thanks to outstanding volunteers in our community.  Melissa Gross has served as the IRS Tax Preparation Site Coordinator at Kentucky River Foothills since 2008. After individuals or families use the free services, volunteers can help provide information about ways to use their refunds to help support goals such as home ownership, increased savings and other important financial considerations.


The Reynolds: Tax Preparation and Smart Savings

Joey and his family are the perfect example of the importance of taking advantage of available tax savings, and then using that money wisely.  Joey and his wife have used the free tax preparation offered through United Way of the Bluegrass partner Kentucky River Foothills.  They accessed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which allowed them to put money away to support their family and to ultimately work toward a Habitat Home for their family.