Applications available for first class of United Way Fellows

An innovative, practical approach to professional development is now available for the region’s emerging philanthropists.

United Way of Central Kentucky (UWCK) is seeking applicants for the first class of United Way Fellows. Fellowship participants will complete a six-month-long program, which includes an overview of the region’s most urgent needs and tours of programs making a difference in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Basic Needs. Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to develop their leadership and professional skills by applying their talents to support United Way’s mission of connecting the community for the common good.

Fellows will learn about United Way and hear the community’s feedback on key issues identified through multiple years of research at the July introductory luncheon. At that time, Fellows will begin setting personal goals for their involvement which can be customized to not only meet the needs of United Way and the community, but participants’ interests. Fellows will work with UWCK staff, volunteers, and employee campaign managers to engage new businesses in United Way’s work, support existing workplace campaigns, and represent the organization in the community during their term. Fellows will meet with a monthly luncheon and agency tour, with progress being made toward their goals being made on their own schedules with help from UWCK.

“Our Fellows can build new relationships, plan workplace campaign efforts, coordinate special events, or develop their public speaking skills,” said UWCK President & CEO Megan Stith. “We need so many different kinds of support to coordinate an effective community-wide annual giving campaign, and by customizing our approach to mobilizing volunteer talent, we can continue to expand our reach while keeping staff fundraising costs to a minimum.”

The many benefits to Fellows include education on the area’s philanthropic needs, professional skill development, networking, invitations to special events, and recognition at the September 2015 Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, January 2016 graduation ceremony, and 2016 Campaign Results Celebration. Most importantly, these volunteers will provide an even greater level of investment in local programs that create more opportunities for families to be successful.

There is no cost to participate in the program, which is open to all residents of Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue, and Meade Counties. A limited number of Fellowship positions are available for the 2015-2016 program. Applications will be accepted through July 10 via or by visiting

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