United Way’s UK campaign ends today


LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 29, 2021) – Today is the last day of the University of Kentucky’s annual United Way of the Bluegrass campaign, “Live United,” which kicked off Monday, October 11 and aims to raise $ 224,000.

Payroll deduction is an easy way for employees to register through the myUK portal. To make a payroll deduction or pledge, simply visit myUK and click on the Employee Self Service tab to start a United Way pledge.

In addition, individuals can donate by cash or check, payable to United Way of the Bluegrass, or donate by credit card at http://uwbg.org.

However, although this is the last day of the UK campaign, anyone interested in donating or getting involved in United Way of the Bluegrass at any time of the year can contact Paige Noland at uk- [email protected]

“I am deeply grateful to our British community,” said British President Eli Capilouto. “Time and time again they come up with new ways to give to United Way of the Bluegrass – both through financial donations but also through their time and creativity, reminding us all that serving others is part of who we are. . The partnerships and connections between our campus and WayPoint centers are examples of what is possible when we come together for a common purpose, with uncommon determination.

WayPoint Centers are United Way’s newest initiative and have given United Way a physical presence in neighborhoods that need it most. The objective is to provide personalized services to the needs of these communities and to give families the autonomy necessary to overcome difficulties and challenges.

UK employees have been a vital link in the achievements of United Way of the Bluegrass and, more recently, in the success of WayPoint centers. In addition, several UK employees are among those recognized over the past year as part of their ‘100 United Way of the Bluegrass Heroes’ at their 2021 celebration for ‘100 Years of Fighting for the Bluegrass’. basic needs, education, and financial stability of everyone in central Kentucky.

Serenity Wright, Director of Honors Pathway Programs at Gatton College of Business and Economics, is one of the “100 Heroes”. Wright is the current chair of the United Way of the Bluegrass Community Impact Working Group, which is leading the volunteer effort to launch WayPoint Centers.

People want to give to the programs and demographics that they are passionate about and feel connected to, Wright said. “The goal of WayPoint is not to create something new, but to bring together the resources that are already available,” she said. “We want to make sure that we are supporting our local organizations to reach the communities we need, while also supporting those in the community who need these resources. By creating WayPoint centers, we facilitate this connection.

To learn more about his work with United Way of the Bluegrass, visit www.uwbg.org/post/serenity-wright-current-chair-of-community-impact-task-force.

Doug Michael, Thomas P. Lewis law professor, is also recognized. Michael is a site coordinator for the Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project (CKEEP) which provides free tax preparation and has been involved in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program since the 1980s.

“After UWBG started working on the CKEEP project, they asked for my help in one of the existing tax clinics,” said Michael. “We have been working together since the CKEEP project started providing free tax services to low income taxpayers and we have been one of the main sites of the CKEEP program. UWBG was able to take what we were doing and bring this model to several sites in the region. “

To learn more about Michael’s work with United Way of Bluegrass, visit www.uwbg.org/post/doug-michael-ckeep-site-coordinator.

Roberto Cardarelli, Chief Medical Officer of Outpatient Services at UK HealthCare, is a tireless advocate for 211 Contact Center, a free and confidential referral and information helpline that connects people of all ages to essential health services and the humans they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A toll-free 2-1-1 call puts you in touch with a community resource specialist who can connect you with local organizations that provide essential services that can improve and save lives.

“We have implemented a program of care hubs and community health workers who focus on inclusive services for our populations that are more vulnerable and at greater risk of readmission or social marginalization,” said Cardarelli. “We have always encouraged our UK HealthCare team to take advantage of 211 to help patients with social needs connect to community organizations and local resources and 211 has been a toolkit to help these patients. “

To learn more about Cardarelli’s work with United Way of Bluegrass, visit www.uwbg.org/post/dr-roberto-cardarelli-211-advocate.

Richard Milich, UK professor of psychology and one of the leading experts on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, passed away on November 7, 2020. He is remembered as one of “100 hero “for his longtime support and friend of the Bluegrass United Way.

Milich supported the UWBG as a member of the Tocqueville Society, a donor community for philanthropic leaders. Société Tocqueville recognizes those in our region who have devoted their time, talent and funds to tackle the most serious problems facing our communities. He was also a strong supporter of GreenHouse17.

To learn more about Milich’s service to United Way of the Bluegrass, visit www.uwbg.org/post/in-memory-of-dr-richard-milich.

For 100 years, United Way of the Bluegrass has united the strength of the community to fight for the basic needs, education and financial stability of every inhabitant of central Kentucky. Although the pandemic presented many challenges, Centraide fought quickly and relentlessly to combat the negative impact COVID-19 could have had on our community. More than $ 1.2 million in additional funds from their annual campaign has been invested in local COVID-19 relief efforts and these funds have provided increased access to food and other basic needs, help with prescriptions and health care, transportation, child care and rent, and emergency utilities. assistance.


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