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A Century of Service.

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.

Friday, September 16, 2022 | 6:30 PM
Limestone Hall at the Historic Courthouse
Join us for a belated, wing-ding of a Soirée as we celebrate our 100th anniversary in style in downtown Lexington. Guests will enjoy an exquisite dinner, special entertainment, and live music by the Jimmy Church Band. It will be the bees knees!

Join us for our Centennial Golf Scramble on June 13, 2022! 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 our WayPoint Center Initiative. 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.


Sam Mitchell, Chair

Paul Rooke, Co-Chair

Valerie Marshall, Board Chair

Jeff Anderson

Dave Smith

Kim Sweazy

Allen Waugerman

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


Drew Beckett

Adam Boardman

Alice Murray Bowen

Robbie Collins

Gretchen Gruenberg

Dr. Melinda Ickes

Johnnie Johnson

Lindsay Mays

Anne-Tyler Morgan
Michele Sparks

Chris Thomason

Yajaira West

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

For more information about how to get involved, contact

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