United Way of the Bluegrass steps up when our communities need us.
Across Central Kentucky, United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by connecting people to critical resources and up-to-date, accurate information through 2-1-1.
We are responding by investing additional resources into our community to support our most vulnerable neighbors and communities who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding has been extended to our program partners for one additional year to offer more stable services to our community, and to our nonprofit partners.
For nearly 100 years we’ve been focused on the underlying social problems in the Bluegrass, and those problems are now magnified. UWBG will continue to fight for every person in Central Kentucky while our Commonwealth and nation continue to fight COVID-19.
When shuttered schools mean children from low-wage families may not be eating enough healthy meals, UWBG is stepping up. When food pantries are overwhelmed, partially because people who used to donate are now in need of food, UWBG is stepping up. And when people who’ve lost hours or jobs need help making ends meet, we help connect them to available local resources.
Calls and outreach to 2-1-1 for help have increased greatly due to COVID-19. The need is shifting from coronavirus information to requests for basic needs and essentials like housing, utility and financial assistance and food. At the current rate, 2-1-1 will handle as many requests for help in 6 months as we expect in an average year. The need in our community is not lessening.
Coronavirus Response Fund
In March, United Way of the Bluegrass in partnership with Blue Grass Community Foundation, launched a response fund to help Central Kentuckians adversely impacted by COVID-19. The Coronavirus Response Fund (CRF) is a coalition of partners who provide relief and assistance to people experiencing hardship during the pandemic. The Fund provides access to food and basic needs, prescription and healthcare assistance, transportation, and emergency rent and utility assistance.
Raised and invested in COVID-19 relief efforts
Nonprofits awarded grants
Central KY counties received relief funds