Because of You:

Once resistant to sitting quietly to listen and learn, two-year-old Olivia loves to count, match objects and letters and play with glitter glue. Olivia began attending the Heart of Kentucky United Way sponsored reading mentoring parent and child program. In 11 months, she has grown a love for school, is willing to sit and listen while being read to, is learning to write her name and has great confidence when working on a task. She can also speak in complete sentences.

Over 50% of children who register for kindergarten are not ready, beginning five years behind the children whose parents read and interacted with them and who had access to preschool. Through funding from the Heart of Kentucky United Way, children with no hope of attending preschool, like Olivia, can receive the one-on-one attention they need to ensure they are not behind when starting kindergarten. For $10 a month, or $2.50 a week, The Gladys Project is able to customize the learning process for each child, providing 30 to 60 minutes of instruction a week. 


Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. That’s why Heart of Kentucky United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life.

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

Heart of Kentucky United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living united means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.


Bluegrass Community Action Partnership

New Vista

CASA of the Bluegrass

Centro Latino de Danville/Boyle County

Families First Family Resource Center Cradle School

Family Services Association


KY Educational Development Corporation


Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center

Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency

The Gladys Project

Visually Impaired Preschool Services

Wilderness Trace Child Development Center

2019-2020 Project Partners

Boy Scouts of America

Christian Life Center

Danville-Boyle Early Childhood Alliance

Habitat for Humanity (Lincoln)

Heritage Hospice

Hope Network

Isaiah House

4-H (Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, Mercer)

Project Graduation (Boyle, Burgin, Danville, Garrard, Lincoln, Mercer)

Harrodsburg Farmer’s Market

Salvation Army

Shepherd’s House

Sunrise Children’s Services

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.


Heart of Kentucky United Way affirms its full support, on all levels, to all human and civil rights.  We adamantly oppose discrimination, racism, bigotry, oppression and hate, overt or otherwise. 

We understand that these disparities have existed in the past and persist into the present.

We unequivocally denounce racism/ethnic discrimination because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our communities. Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized.

We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, supports, opportunities and networks they need to thrive.

We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.

(Note: much of the language above is adopted from the United Way’s Equity Vision in United Way’s Equity Framework: Strengthening Our Equity Muscle to Accelerate Impact, developed in collaboration with local United Ways.)