Metro United Way funds 2 agencies with grants

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 LOUISVILLE -  Metro United Way recognizes the challenges area not-for-profits face in meeting the growing community needs while simultaneously dealing with budget shortfalls.

In response, they have awarded two grants in Bullitt County worth a total of $35,000.   

Awardees include the Blessings in a Back Pack Program at Bullitt County Public Schools which will provide food for low income children in four elementary schools and a grant to the Shepherds Shelter to provide emergency support for individuals on the verge of  losing their homes.

“The current economic condition and increased human need has forced many organizations in our region to deal with reduced funding and constrained resources to the point of turning away people in need,” said Joe Tolan, President and CEO of Metro United Way.  “The purpose of these grants is to respond quickly to our community’s need and to help agencies continue to provide vital services to the people who are at most risk,” he said. 

“We have seen a rise in individuals seeking help for the first time, folks who are facing foreclosure or eviction and don’t know where to turn,” said Sara Sulier, Director of the Shepherds Shelter.  “These funds from Metro United Way will help prevent families in Bullitt County from becoming homeless,” she said. 

Due to cuts in private and public funding, many local not-for-profits have been forced to decrease staff, close programs, cut staff training, and limit the number of people served.  This all results in diminished resources for children, youth and families in our community.  

The “Basic Needs” grants was awarded from a pool of $275,000 and was available to qualifying organizations in each of the seven Metro United Way counties that provide basic needs and services (including food, shelter, healthcare and safety) to people in immediate crisis while also helping them to move towards stability and self-sufficiency.   

“Metro United Way recognizes that our local not for profit organization need help in dealing with these tough economic times and have moved swiftly to harness the resources necessary to help them sustain services,” said Tolan.   



Metro United Way’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For over 90 years, Metro United Way has worked diligently to create the most vital, caring community in the nation, while at the same time respecting the diversity that makes our community unique. When you invest in your community through Metro United Way, you help to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. 

These are the building blocks for a good life-a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  

With our agencies and partners, we help provide vital services to individuals and families and connect people to needed services through 2-1-1.

We also prepare our youngest children to enter school ready to succeed with programs like Success By 6 and the Gheens Bridges to Tomorrow Initiative, which simultaneously coaches students’ parents in the principles of fiscal responsibility. 

Metro United Way serves a seven-county area that includes Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby and Bullitt counties in Kentucky, and Floyd, Harrison and Clark counties in Indiana.