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 211.
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 non-profit partners.
For nearly 100 years we’ve been focused on addressing 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.
UWBG is stepping up to help people in our community make ends meet, helping those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic connect with available local resources.
Calls and outreach to 211 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, 211 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