Our Mission

Heart of Kentucky United Way mission is to mobilize people to give, advocate, and volunteer, creating opportunities for a good life for all.

Our Goals

Change does not happen because of the actions of one organization or one program. Change happens when we work toward Collective Impact. Collective Impact is working together while focusing on specific goals, measurements, and outcomes to create real and lasting change. As social issues grow more severe and complex, Heart of Kentucky United Way pledges to serve as the catalyst that unites the resources, people, talent, knowledge, and finances to address our communities critical needs.

Heart of Kentucky United Way serves Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, and Mercer Counties.


Goal: Children enter school ready to learn and succeed

Goal: Youth complete high school ready for college, career, and/or life


Goal: Families have adequate income and assets to independently meet their families’ needs


Goal: Individuals and families are healthier


Heart of Kentucky United Way values diversity in our community. We will not discriminate based on race, color, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or national origin in accordance with the law.

Heart of Kentucky United Way will reflect diversity in its organizational governance, volunteer structure, staffing, funding decisions and policies. Through our commitment to diversity, we will strive to be a role model in our community, joining with other organizations to strengthen an effective human service system that reaches out to all people in our seven-county community. 

Heart of Kentucky United Way requires funded agencies to practice without discrimination in accordance with the law. Heart of Kentucky United Way recognizes the unique mission of each agency it funds. Each agency receiving funding from Heart of Kentucky United Way agrees to:

  • Maintain status as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt, not-for-profit organization.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to model diversity and inclusion defined as follows:
    • Diversity: the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes work style, parental status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, language, age, religion, mental and physical abilities – and more.
    • Inclusion: a strategy to leverage diversity. Diversity always exists in social systems. Inclusion, on the other hand, must be created. In order to leverage diversity an environment must be created where people feel supported, listened to and able to do their personal best.