Good things are bound to happen when two leading outreach programs decide to join forces and offer assistance to fellow non-profits whose missions were disrupted by COVID-19 and its impact on charitable giving.

United Way of Central Ken­tuc­ky merged its relief fund with Central Ken­tucky Community Foun­da­tion’s Central Kentucky Cares, The objective was to find ways to directly impact people affected. The result were a series of CK Cares grants.

“Everyone has been pressured extra during this and needs some extra help and we are here to reach out,” said Joe Fowler, president and CEO of United Way of Central Kentucky.

By working together, UWCK and the foundation helped many through its first round of grants.

In Hardin County, more than $20,000 was distributed in a day to five area organizations: Help­­ing Hand of Hope, the Community Health Clinic, Mission Hope for Kids, The Salvation Army and SpringHaven domestic violence shelter.

Care does not know county boundaries and the organizations also helped other groups in their service area, namely the Grayson County Ministerial Association, Breckinridge-Grayson Programs Inc., The New Life Center and St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Ministries.

The $30,000 of benevolence was greatly needed and appreciated. It specifically allows these nine groups to supply vital lifelines and address pressing community needs.

Additional applications are in the pipeline and more good news is ahead. Donations for CO­VID-­19 relief can be made through United Way or the foundation’s Home of Philanthropy.

Thankfully, this area is blessed with people who care and organizations that strive to be good stewards of that kindness.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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