A dedicated group of Centre College faculty, staff and students spend weeks every year rallying campus support and donations for the many programs supported by the Heart of Kentucky United Way (HKUW). As the 2018 campaign came to a close in December, the committee reported that a total of $33,183.50 was raised through the generous spirit of the campus community.
“We are very satisfied with the results of the HKUW campaign this year,” said Cody Cook, campaign committee co-chair and assistant director of residence life. “The faculty, staff and retirees here at Centre understand the importance of community engagement, and we are thrilled that so many decided to generously donate to the HKUW, supporting the common good of our community.”
Cook added that while there is not a specific goal set for the campaign, the committee strives to ensure that faculty and staff understand the importance of community engagement and the College’s relationship with the organization.
HKUW partners with more than 30 local nonprofits, businesses, government and social service agencies to address the most pressing needs in Boyle County, as well as the surrounding counties of Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer. Ninety-nine percent of the money raised by the United Way returns to these communities, making a difference across age groups.
“The HKUW and its partner agencies work diligently to fight against inequities in our community and to create opportunities for a good life for all,” Cook said. “Whether it be working to raise the percentage of children that are ‘kindergarten ready’ in our community, increasing access and coordination of affordable healthcare services, or decreasing barriers to employment and higher education, the HKUW does a lot of great work and we are very proud to partner with them.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
January 4, 2019