United Way joins nation in Day of Action

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By Amber Coulter

 United Way of Central Kentucky volunteers, partners and officials plan to join with other United Way organizations across the nation this week to help nonprofit organizations and bring the people of their communities together.

The local United Way chapter is hosting its second Day of Action on Friday.

The day is aimed at sending groups of volunteers to local nonprofit organizations to complete tasks, such as replacing windows for Habitat for Humanity, assisting with summer camp activities for the Hardin County Schools Junior Leadership Camp and sorting donated items for Helping Hand of Hope.

United Way chapters across the nation are participating, so the effort brings together volunteers across the country as well as in the local organization’s five-county area, Executive Director Chris Wilborn said.

The first Day of Action was last July, later than the national event.

Wilborn said that event generated an enormous outpouring of interest from volunteers and nonprofit organizations.

In response, volunteers from Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue and Meade counties are scheduled to participate in the national effort this year.

Wilborn likes the way the event brings volunteers and nonprofits together.

“It’s a day that we stand up for ourselves, our friends, our families and our community,” he said. “Our work unites an entire community together. It’s a day that we pledge to change our future.”

Wilborn hopes the Day of Action continues to draw the interest of residents unfamiliar with United Way, and to encourage current partners to stay


“It’s something we fully expect will become an annual event and grow in popularity each year,” he said.

The United Way works to advance the common good through education, financial stability, health and meeting basic needs, Wilborn said.

Using those building blocks of a strong community improves the community for everyone, he said.

To participate, download an application from the “Upcoming Events” section of the United Way of Central Kentucky’s website at www.unitedwayck.org.

To learn more, call Medley Byers at (270) 737-6608 or email her at mbyers@unitedwayck.org.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.