Project United to benefit GC Alliance

By Matt Lasley -

The Grayson County Alliance’s new location will receive a makeover when United Way of Central Kentucky (UWCK) brings its annual Project United to Leitchfield on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Project United is an annual friendly competition between volunteer teams to see which group can create the most impressive transformation to one room at a local non-profit organization.

This year’s event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 13, will mark the first time ever that UWCK has taken Project United outside Hardin County and will benefit the Grayson County Alliance as it moves to its new location at 2203 Brandenburg Rd. in Leitchfield.

“At the end of 2014, a local businessman donated a 10,000-square-foot warehouse to the Grayson County Alliance,” said Grayson County Alliance President Melissa Williams. “The generous gift means a longtime dream of housing our programs under one roof would finally be realized.”

The Grayson County Alliance provides services such as the Food Pantry, Backpack Program, Repair Affair, and Prescription Program to Grayson County residents with limited access to resources.

UWCK is currently seeking individuals and teams of volunteers to help the non-profit agency clean, paint, and decorate the Grayson County Alliance’s staff office, director’s office, restrooms, break room, and washroom. A $100 entry-fee for teams will be utilized to purchase materials and supplies.

The community will be invited to view “before” and “after” pictures and vote for their favorite project, and the winning team will be recognized at a public unveiling reception, according to a UWCK news release.

“We are proud to take Project United on the road to Grayson County for the first time in the history of the initiative,” said UWCK President and CEO Megan Stith. “Volunteers will be providing a critical non-profit with a fresh start in their new home, which will be a lasting impact for years to come.”

Past agencies benefitting from Project United include Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ Panther Place, American Red Cross, Community Health Clinic, and Hardin County Schools’ North Park Elementary. Each project has ranged in value from $20,000 to $30,000 worth of supplies and volunteer services.

Last year, volunteer teams and sponsorships from Kerr Office Group, Pinkham Lincoln Automotive, Swope Family of Dealerships, HealthSouth Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital, Mark Harris Construction, Mouser Custom Cabinetry, Dow Corning, AGC Automotive, Citizens Union Bank, Elizabethtown Paint, Lowe’s, Nolin RECC, and First Citizens Bank had a $28,000 collective impact.

“Project United advances United Way of Central Kentucky’s mission to connect our community for the common good by bringing together necessary resources—volunteer time and talent, money, advocacy, expertise—and local business and industry, with the goal of creating opportunities for all families to be successful,” said Natalie Cubbage, of UWCK.

Company teams or individuals interested in rolling up their sleeves and volunteering to serve may register at 270-737-6608, e-mail Cubbage at, or go to

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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