Much has changed since March 4, 1921 when our organization was founded as the Lexington Welfare League, though our mission has remained consistent as we continue to fight for every person in every Central Kentucky community that we serve.
Hear our story, as shared by Timothy Johnson (President & CEO of UWBG) and Foster Ockerman, Jr. (President & Chief Historian, Lexington History Museum, Inc.) in the video below.
We were there through both historical events and the day-to-day happenings in the Bluegrass. We are here to support our neighbors today. As we look ahead, we face many unique challenges to ensure that every person in our community has equitable access to the tools they need to achieve financial stability, physical and mental health, and long-term success.
We can face these challenges together. That is what United Way is all about. When we Unite, we can accomplish so much more than any of us could on our own.
Join the Fight
We will continue to fight for the basic needs, education and financial stability of every person in Central Kentucky for many years to come. Your donation helps make an impact on men, women and children across our community.
Join us for our Centennial Golf Scramble on June 15, 2021! Whether you choose to golf or participate as a sponsor, you will be helping us raise funds to create a better Bluegrass with our WayPoint Center initiative. Click the button below to learn more about the Centennial Golf Scramble and how you can get involved.
After 100 years of serving the Bluegrass, we are excited to announce that we are opening WayPoint Centers. WayPoint’s mission is to create an access point for families and individuals, and to provide vital programming to people living in underserved neighborhoods and communities of color. Each WayPoint center will bring together the region’s most effective nonprofit, government, and business organizations to leverage their strengths against our community’s biggest issues. WayPoint centers will coordinate an ecosystem of partners and programs to have the greatest impact on local families from a physical and place based anchor in their communities.
CENTENNIAL CHAIRMAN'S CIRCLE
Sam Mitchell, Chair
Paul Rooke, Co-Chair
Valerie Marshall, Board Chair
President & Director at Valvoline, Inc.
Retired Lexmark President & CEO, Past UWBG Board Chair
VP & Wealth Management Advisor at Fifth Third Bank, UW Board Chair
VP & General Manager at WKYT-TV
VP of Human Resources, Big Ass Fans
External Affairs / Corporate Communications Specialist at Toyota Kentucky
President & CEO, Lexmark
CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Alice Murray Bowen
Dr. Melinda Ickes
Dr. Serenity Wright
CEO, Paris-Bourbon County YMCA
Agent, Block & Lot Real Estate, LLC
Global Services Manager, Managed Print Systems, Lexmark
Owner, Collins Property Management
Corporate Operations Manager, Big Ass Fans
Director of Health Promotions Graduate Studies, University of Kentucky
Vice President of Admissions, Transylvania University
Marketing Manager, PepperPointe Partnerships
Member, McBrayer, PLLC
Sr. Director of Communications, Valvoline, Inc.
VP of Private Banking, Central Bank & Trust
VP & Client & Community Relations Director, PNC Bank
Director of Gatton Honors Pathway Programs, University of Kentucky