Heart of Kentucky United Way campaign underway at Centre
The annual Heart of Kentucky United Way (HKUW) campaign is underway at Centre College, and this year offers more opportunities for faculty, staff, students and the community to get involved than ever before.
“During November, Centre raises money for HKUW’s important work being done in our local communities, helping people in Boyle, Mercer, Garrard and Lincoln counties have good lives by improving their health, education and financial stability,” says Ben Nelson, HR generalist and training coordinator. “Because of our collective gifts, HKUW is able to fund the work of 30 community partners carrying out 64 programs. HKUW’s focus is on the building blocks of a good quality of life: education—helping children and youth achieve their potential; income—promoting financial stability and independence; and health.”
There are a variety of ways for people to give to HKUW.
“Individuals can give through one-time payments, payroll deduction, credit card installment payments or be directly billed,” Nelson says. “Giving $3 a day, or just over $1,000 per year, will designate you as a member of HKUW’s Leadership Circle.”
A silent auction benefiting HKUW will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Nichols Dining Room, with prizes available for bidding on including original artwork created by professors, tickets to the University of Kentucky vs. University of Tennessee football game and even dinner with President John Roush and his wife, Susie.
The HKUW campaign is devoted to bringing people together to help improve the lives of others.
“I’m involved in Centre’s United Way campaign because I think it’s a perfect example of people working together for the greater good,” says Sallie Bright, performing arts coordinator. “There are hundreds of people all over this area who participate in the process of choosing which programs will be part of United Way, making sure the programs are having an impact, and helping to raise the money for them. I can’t think of a better way to help the greatest number of people.”
“When you choose to invest in Heart of Kentucky United Way you are: feeding the hungry, providing shelter in times of crisis, caring for rape victims and abused children, building homes, teaching youth financial management, mentoring youth, teaching healthy living, providing medical care, assisting youth in learning a career skill, caring for those at the end of life, treating drug abuse, furnishing intervention services for children with disabilities, raising kidney disease awareness, managing medication for children, providing family literacy, assisting those with Alzheimer’s, offering emergency services in disasters, affording legal assistance to low income families, supplying court appointed advocates for minors, advocating for quality of life, supplying meals to the elderly, caring for neglected children and more,” Nelson says.
The Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity has been highly involved with the auction. Parker Lawson ’15, the fraternity’s philanthropy chair, says they have a goal of raising more than $2,500 through this year’s auction.
“This has truly a been student-led initiative this year. DKE has been able to add a unique voice and fresh take on things, and we really think it’s going to be successful,” Lawson says. “We want people to know why HKUW is important. Donations and proceeds stay in this community. The United Way works with and serves over 30 organizations in Danville and surrounding counties.”
As a Bonner Scholar, Lawson has seen the benefits of HKUW at work in the community.
“The Heart of Kentucky United Way is a supporter of many organizations where Bonners do their direct service. It’s a simple connection: without the support of HKUW, many organizations would not stay afloat and Bonners would be left without community partners,” Lawson says. “There is an undeniable link between HKUW’s work in the community to the work of the Bonner program on Centre’s campus and throughout Danville.”
Some programs directly affected by HKUW are even visible on Centre’s campus.
“In my role as a Bonner, I help coordinate the Warehouse After School Program, which provides tutoring and mentoring to K-12 migrant students in the Danville and Boyle County area. That consistently involves well over 30 students each week,” Lawson says. “People really can see where their initial donation is going—to an actual program that is impacting the community for good.”
For more information about how to donate to HKUW, visit their website here or call the local office at (859) 238-6986.