For the first time ever, United Way of Central Kentucky (UWCK) took its Project United outside of Hardin County for the benefit of the Grayson County Alliance (GCA) last week.
Project United is an annual friendly competition between volunteer teams to see who can create the most impressive transformation to an area of a local non-profit organization.
This year’s event was held last Thursday, Aug. 13 at the GCA’s new central location (2203 Brandenburg Rd. in Leitchfield) and featured a number of local and out-of-county teams working to prepare the building for operation.
The 10,000-square-foot warehouse was donated to the GCA—which provides numerous services, such as the Food Pantry, Furniture Program, Backpack Program, Repair Affair, and Prescription Program to Grayson County residents with limited resources—in late 2014 and will allow the alliance to house all of its programs under one roof.
UWCK Representative Natalie Cubbage said United Way was aware of the GCA’s new facility and felt bringing Project United to Leitchfield to assist in the building’s preparation “was just the right fit.”
Upon learning that Project United would benefit the GCA, Alliance President Melissa Williams said she was surprised and thrilled.
UWCK has long been a supporter of the GCA, and Project United, she said, was “icing on the cake.”
Williams said the target date for the new GCA location to open is, tentatively, Friday, Oct. 9; however, the Furniture Program is already being operated out of 2203 Brandenburg Rd.
While the GCA is moving from its current location at 125 East Market St., Suite 3 in Leitchfield to the new location, there will likely be a two-week period when the Food Pantry is closed; however, Williams assured that clients of the Food Pantry will receive advanced notice of the closing.
“No one will miss the opportunity to get food,” Williams said.
Teams that participated in the 2015 Project United and were assigned various areas of the GCA building to clean and paint included Cecilian Bank, Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust, Co., and Dow Corning, the latter of which is located in Hardin County.
Additionally, the Leitchfield Woman’s Club sponsored lunch at the city park.
All of the participating teams paid a $100 entry fee that goes directly to the purchase of supplies for Project United.
Pam Bowling, of Dow Corning, said her company has volunteered almost every year and is a top contributor to Project United.
“I thought this was one of the more worthy projects,” Bowling said, of bringing Project United to Grayson County. “…We were happy to branch out.”
Williams also wished to recognize the Grayson County Detention Center, which helps with the Furniture Program and Food Pantry on a weekly basis and will also aid the GCA with its upcoming move.
For more information about the Grayson County Alliance, visit www.gc-alliance.com, call 270-259-4000, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about United Way of Central Kentucky, visit www.unitedwayck.org.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.