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Jan 02,2013
United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) has focused a great deal of its work in Education in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). STEM related occupations are the leading area for employment and job growth. According to Linda Rosen from Change the Equation, jobs requiring STEM related backgrounds and/or skills, will grow 17 percent between 2008 and 2018…far faster than the...
Dec 21,2012
  Have you ever needed a helping hand to get back on your feet? Have you ever come on hard times and was unsure of where to turn? Remember this - you are not alone. There is help, and it is only a phone call away.   A simple three-digit number can connect you with help. It is not 411 nor 911, but 2-1-1. United Way's 2-1-1 center is staffed 24/7 with trained information and referral specialists...
Dec 11,2012
  Have you ever met someone at a non-profit agency that was introduced as “our VISTA,” and wondered what that meant? I think many of us have been in that position, but never had the opportunity or time to ask the question. Luckily, we have AmeriCorps VISTA’s serving here at United Way of the Bluegrass, so we know first-hand how important these volunteers are.   For those who are not familiar,...
Dec 07,2012
Source:   Local families continue to struggle to meet their most basic needs, and many lack access to basic health care services. In fact, right now in UWBG’s service area over 86,000 people are living without health insurance – meaning possibly one medical issue away from additional financial instability (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). When tough choices have to be made, such as...
Nov 12,2012
Already working with 11 middle schools in Fayette County, World Fit is an easy to implement option for our schools to be able to address and respond to ongoing concerns of inactivity of children. Last month, I had the honor of visiting with Micki King, Gold Medal for Women’s Diving (Munich, 1972). Micki’s enthusiasm and passion for helping our children and their families out of the current...