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LaRue Countian Rita Williams was nominated by her peers to receive recognition for her positive contributions to the community.
Williams was presented the Voice of LaRue County Award at United Way’s recent Thank You event because of her influential role as advocate and volunteer on behalf of the United Way of Central Kentucky.
Williams volunteers on the Community Investment Team, which is comprised of a group of community volunteers who review agency applications and facilitate the decision process with regards to allocation of funds. Williams’ commitment helped propel the United Way of Central Kentucky to a record-breaking campaign total of $1,260,613.78 – the largest amount raised in the organization’s 12-year history.
Also recognized at the event was Cumberland Products as one of UWCK’s 25 corporate partners.
Funds raised in the campaign will be re-invested into the local community by an all-volunteer allocations committee. Last year, more than $364,000 was awarded to eight agencies with programs serving four out of nine LaRue County residents. This allocation ensured that 9,482 LaRue County residents receive meal assistance through Feeding America and MCPC Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry; 287 at-risk children received school readiness, academic remediation, arts instruction and physical activity at Kids Crew Plus; another 128 children would go hungry every weekend without the help from the Backpack Program; and 51 local adults & children escaped abuse, received shelter, court advocacy services, and financial education through SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program.