United Way of Southern Kentucky is announcing over $650,000 of donations in Warren County

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – United Way of Southern Kentucky is announcing over $650,000 in donations within Warren County and over $1 million within the Barren River Area Development District.

Money, donated by the community for the community, was allocated to local non-profits Wednesday.

The money all goes toward a group or organization’s program that focuses on education, income, health and safety net finances.

Debbie Hills, the president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Southern Kentucky, says the biggest focus of the funding this year was on education.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. Certainly, the last year has been incredibly challenging for United Way as well as for everybody in the community with all of the COVID-related issues. But again, it was just a generous outpouring of support,” said Hills.

For the Warren County Public Schools, kindergarten, college and career readiness was a focus for funding allocations.

Receiving nearly $80,000, Tracey Young, the director of grants and community reach for the schools, was in person to receive the allocations.

“The funding from the United Way really supports for us funding for the Little Learners Bus which really starts early childhood education at birth all the way through high school through 12th grade and preparing students to graduate ready for college and/or career. So, support of education and unique and engaging opportunities that are different that really spread, cast a wide net so that students have opportunities really to succeed in life,” said Tracey Young.

Another allocation was accepted by Amanda Young, the executive director of Kentucky Legal Aid

Kentucky Legal Aid received around $130,000 to assist locals with different legal help such as a living will for seniors and help for victims of domestic violence.

“The services we provide are life changing to many individuals and families. For instance, if you are a domestic violence victim, getting that protective order can be a matter of life or death,” said Amanda Young.

Hall says this year’s donations were among the largest that United Way of Southern Kentucky has ever had the honor of investing back into the community.