Metro United Way's Response to COVID Crisis

We are in unprecedented and uncertain times. Like many, the abrupt nature with which the COVID-19 pandemic struck our community felt unexpected and its effects, devastating. While still in the midst of the crisis, Metro United Way has quickly mobilized its existing resources and vigorously pursued other local and national resources in order to provide immediate relief to many local organizations serving individuals and families on the frontlines of the pandemic across our seven-county footprint.

To date, here’s how we’ve been able to respond and support our community:

Financial Relief

  • Released remaining agency allocation funding early: $2.2 million
  • Released $37,500 in Excellence Academy teacher salary enhancements early
  • Invested over $1,000,000 to support programs across our seven-county region, including immediate release of Board reserve funds, President’s Emergency Fund (PEF), and regional reserve funds.
  • Launched Giving Tuesday Now campaign on May 5th, which raised more than $115,000 in COVID-19 relief across MUW’s service area.
  • Recommending to utilize 20% of the Jefferson County unrestricted funds to provide strategic investments that both help our community recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and align with the impact areas that emerged as most pressing from our rigorous analyses conducted as part of our investment redesign efforts – closing the wealth and education gaps.
  • Serving as convener of the local Emergency Food and Shelter Board (EFSB) in Jefferson County, responsible for the distribution of $821,957 in emergency funding to benefit homeless or those at risk of homeless and food-insecure individuals and the organizations who serve them in Jefferson County.
  •  MUW helped create and is represented on the One Louisville Fund’s executive committee and proposal review committee that raised more nearly $10,000,000 for COVID relief to invest in nonprofits and also emergency relief directly to individuals.
  • Helped stand up COVID-19 community relief funds in Shelby, Oldham, and Bullitt Counties in collaboration with partners including the Shelby County Community Foundation, Oldham County Fiscal Court, and Journey Christian Church. Those RFPs are now open and emergency relief funding will begin deploying weekly starting the week of May 18.



The organizations that have been awarded emergency funding from MUW thus far:


Services Provided

Area Served

2Not1 Fatherhood and Families
2NOT1 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Engaging, Educating, and Empowering fathers by removing barriers, external or internal, so fathers have every opportunity to have a healthy and positive relationship with their children. Their Rites of Passage is a program for boys between 4th and 7th grades. The program covers life skills and conflict management over a 20 week period of discussions and activities. Jefferson County, KY
Academy of Music Production Education & Development (AMPED)
The Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED) provides music classes for children from 8 years of age to a senior in high school. Students are allowed and encouraged to express their creativity through music: writing, performing, and producing. AMPED has expanded to provide mentoring, using music to build connections with our youth, a unique opportunity that attracts mentors with whom youth might not otherwise connect. They have also built a successful technology program that teaches youth to code, building that crucial foundation necessary for career success in the 21st century. They have also built a successful technology program that teaches adults technology skills to prepare them for positions in the technology field. They provide career development and parental educational tools to guide them to future opportunities. They hope to develop lifelong learners that give back to their community. Jefferson County, KY
ACE Project Inc.
The ACE Project is a small neighborhood-based organization that provides youth programming to neighborhood youth.  The center is located in the Park Hill neighborhood. It was founded by the director of the Trinity House Child Care Center, one of Metro United Way’s Excellence Academy sites. The ACE Project was founded in honor of their son who was slain in front of the facility. Jefferson County, KY
Adelante Hispanic Achievers
Adelante is a non-profit organization devoted to empowering Hispanic and Latinx youth. They engage Achievers and parents in long-term academic, mentoring, and personal enrichment programs. Their programs are designed to encourage the holistic development of every Achiever in close partnership with parents and families, focusing on five core pillars: educational preparedness, career exploration, community service, cultural awareness, and personal and social development. Jefferson County, KY
American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter
Serving Metro Louisville and surrounding counties and Southern Indiana with disaster relief, education, military, social services, health, safety programs, youth programs, and blood products. Metro Louisville
Pillar (Apple Patch Community Inc.)
Pillar provides supports to people with disabilities by promoting opportunity, choice, and connection to the community. The emergency funding will be used to support Pillar’s residential program services of twenty residential homes that are staffed 24 hours a day. Crestwood, KY
Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana
Arts Alliance is partnering with local Title 1 schools and are working to get arts supplies and books in the hands of students. Southern Indiana
Association of Community Ministries
ACM will serve as fiscal sponsor for the efforts of the Rapid Access Network, a group of local organizations working together to efficiently respond to residents needing help to avoid evictions and utility cutoffs. Jefferson County, KY
Awake Ministries
A mercy ministry dedicated to uniting the community in service and purpose as we meet the needs of its people. Shelby County, KY
Backside Learning Center
The BLC supports immigrant adults and families in the Churchill Downs neighborhood through access to educational opportunities, community integration and resources to better lives. Jefferson County, KY
Black CDC for Betterment Group Inc.
The EDge program provides math tutoring to struggling students in several elementary schools and has a community program that services middle and high school students.  During the pandemic, The EDge has been providing online math tutoring using a virtual platform purchased by the organization. At this time, The EDge is serving approximately 60 students and is also helping to equip parents to better serve their children with NTI work. Jefferson County, KY
Black CDC for Minority Mental Health Project
The Minority Mental Health Project is a grassroots organization providing mental health services using a telehealth platform. The organization currently four African American therapists on contract ready to start seeing clients. MMHP has six churches serving as delivery sites/referral partners, including the Louisville Urban League. It anticipates being able to serve 72 families per year. MMHP anticipates receipt of its 501(c)3 status any day from the IRS.  In the meantime, Black CDC serves as its fiscal sponsor. Jefferson County, KY
Blue River Services, Inc.
Blue River Servcies is working to meet the needs of all individuals through childrens services, family services, housing, transportation, and employment assistnace. Corydon, IN
Bullitt County Housing First
Working to end homelessness in Bullitt County by providing immediate shelter while coordinating resources, and transitioning housing services through community and business partnerships. Bullitt County, KY
Canaan Christian Church
“Canaan has a current enrollment of 180 students and uses an online tutoring program. It has purchased IXL licenses for all of its students to keep academically engaged. Canaan also provides ongoing student and parent support. This summer, they are planning for 100-150 virtual students. This camp is open to all children and youth in the Louisville area grades K-8th for virtual and in person. They plan to offer the following:
Kindergarten Readiness, Math development, Creative Writing
Language Arts, Social Studies, Reading Comprehension
Financial Literacy, Technology – they will offer at no cost the IXL program that offers individual skill development in math, science, social studies, language and starting July 1st Spanish.
Technology – Brainstem will provide training in (coding, robotics, etc.) Computer Skills – they have tripled the size of our computer to meet the increase of participants. Arts & Crafts,
Get Up and Move (Physical Fitness). Financial Literacy
Workshops, Life skills development (self-esteem, conflict resolution, communication, etc.)”
Jefferson County, KY
Centenary United Methodist Church
Centenary’s Assistance Program is to help people in emergency situations with rent, utilities or other aid. Shelby County, KY
Centenary United Methodist Church for Whitney Young Job Corps
Supports the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. Shelby County, KY
Center for Lay Ministries
Center for Lay Ministries is dedicated to ensuring individuals and families in Clark Co. have access to food. Clark County, IN
Centro Latino of Shelbyville, Inc.
Provides Hispanic people and others in need with assistance through language classes, food and clothing, advocacy, translations, referrals and other seasonal services. Shelby County, KY
Supporting increased basic needs assistance for you who are currently in the foster system and reside with a foster family. Jeffersonville, IN
Children Have Options in Choosing Experiences
Founded in 1987, C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc. is a comprehensive, nonprofit, community-based prevention and early intervention program designed to steer high risk/at risk youth and adolescents into making more positive life choices. CHOICE is currently supporting Students at Iroquois and Fern Creek High Schools along with two elementary schools. Jefferson County, KY
Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services, Inc.
Our support is assisting with the increased operational expenses for the youth shelter. Clark County, IN
Community Action of Southern Indiana
Community Action of Southern Indiana is workingn to meet the food, transportation, and medical needs of individuals and families. Jeffersonville, IN
Community Foundation of Southern Indiana
Provides support to the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Recover Fund and Small Business Relief Fund. Clark and Floyd Counties, IN
Delta Foundation
The DELTA Foundation, Developing Educated Leaders Through Athletics, is a mentorship program that specializes in helping at-risk young athletes obtain the tools necessary to be successful academically, socially and athletically. They are located in the old Portland Christian school building in the Protland Neighborhood and have an ongoing program with Western Middle School. Jefferson County, KY
Dorman Center
Envisioning a future in which staff and teachers are full partners with parents and community; where children’s development is a top priority. Shelby County, KY
Family Ark, Inc
Family Ark has provides quality services to children and their families, including foster care, community based services, and behavioral health services. We are assiting by suppting increased operation expenses. Jeffersonville, IN
Family Health Centers of Southern Indiana
Family Health Centers of Southern Indiana provides quality health care to the low-income, underinsured and uninsured residents of the area. Family Health Centers is also an active COVID test site for Clark Co. We are supporing Family Health Center with increasted operation expenses they have experied thus far during the pandemic. Jeffersonville, IN
Family Life Center, Inc.
The Family Life Center, Inc. exists for the purpose of fostering indigenous leadership and community development, by helping the community improve their minds, mold their character, develop their bodies, aspire for greatness, strive for excellence, and dream great dreams. Jefferson County, KY
First Gethsemane
First Gethsemane is a faith based non profit serving children and famillies in the Algonquin neighborhood. This summer they are connecting their students to the JCPS Summer League. Jefferson County, KY
Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm
The Food Literacy Project’s (FLP) provides farm-based experiential education and entrepreneurial youth development programs through Field-to-Fork after school clubs, our Youth Community Agriculture Program (YCAP), Truck Farm (our mobile learning garden), and more. They are continuing Field-to-Fork clubs through virtual programming and porch deliveries. Our YCAP crew is working virtually on photovoice projects, engaging in self-study and group reflections on issues related to food security and racial equity, and creating cooking and gardening content shared through social media “takeovers.” Their team is focusing our efforts on food security by providing farm fresh produce grown at Iroquois Urban Farm to South Louisville Community Ministries, Southwest Community Ministries, and the Taylor Boulevard Save-a-Lot. Their focus is families in South and west Louisville, although our reach extends beyond those areas with the increase of virtual programming. Jefferson County, KY
Franciscan Shelter House
Franciscan Kitchen has served a hot well balanced meal for 40 years at this location in Smoketown and during the pandemic have continued to serve a hot well balanced meal and have now added a snack sack to give their guests to have some additional things to snack on for the rest of the day.  Their clients come from all over the city and southern Indiana. Jefferson County, KY
Harrison County Community Foundation
Provide support to the emergency COVID-19 Response and Recovery fund. Harrison County, IN
Harrison County Community Services
Harrison County Community Services is the largest non-profit food provider in Harrison Co. We are striving to support the increased demand for basic needs assistance Harrison County, IN
Highland Park Community Development Corporation
To provide education and outreach services to youth, adults and seniors in the metro Louisville community with special emphasis on the Cane Run/Shagbark community. Jefferson County, KY
Highpoint Charitable Services
A volunteer driven organization working to bring wholeness to the community, share the gospel and meet physical needs. Continuing to provide critical food support through a partnership with Dare to Care and community donations and striving to provide clients with the support they need to stay healthy. La Grange, KY
Home of the Innocents
Providing emergency shelter, residential treatment and therapeutic foster care to abandoned, abused and neglected children up to age 18, and a variety of wrap-around and preventive services to help at-risk families and homeless young adults. Jefferson County, KY
Hope Collaborative
Hope Collaborative launched in 2017 with a goal of mobilizing the faith-based community to engage with and better serve their local communities. The organization primarily runs two programs currently: public schools outreach and Hope Place, which provides critical services in the South Louisville Community. During the COVID-19 crisis, Hope Collaborative is focused on providing personal care and basic needs items to families in need and supporting youth with the provision of chrome books and therapeutic and education supports to youth. Jefferson County, KY
Hope Southern Indiana
Hope Southern Indiana provides an emergency food pantry and emergency services and financial support to individuals Southern Indiana
Inside the Lines Training
Enriches student-athletes with tools to excel academically; to develop characteristics of leadership, and enhance their athletic foundation. Jefferson County, KY
Jeffersonville Housing Authority
Evection prevention services for residents of Jeffersonville Housing Authority. Southern Indiana
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Compassionately welcomes and serves refugees through providing case management, comprehensive services and holistic programming. Jefferson County, KY
Legal Aid Society
Legal Aid Society offers services in the following five priority areas:  Support for Families; Preserving the Home; Promoting Economic Stability; Safety, Stability, Health; and Populations with Special Vulnerabilities. Legal Aid Society represents individuals and families whose incomes are at or below 125 to 200 percent of the poverty guidelines. Jefferson County, KY
Lighthouse Promise Center
An Out of School Time Program specializing in Youth Development with JCPS Gap students in a FREE program providing reading/literacy, STEM, College and Career Readiness, and enrichment programs that focus on the whole child. We want students to have a life long love of learning. Jefferson County, KY
Louisville Youth Group
Louisville Youth Group (LYG) is the primary LGBTQIA+ nonprofit community serving LGBTQIA+ youth in Kentuckiana. We provide a safe space for gender and sexuality diverse young adults to grow their identities, learn leadership skills, and develop the tools needed to both thrive personally and to act as agents of change in their communities. Jefferson County, KY
Mark 12 Ministries
Mark 12 Ministries has pivoted from its primary temporary housing program to be more responsive to COVID-19 by providing boxes of non-perishables to feed dinner for a family of 4 for 5 days. Community hot meals are provided twice a month by volunteers. Bullitt County, Kentucky
Multipurpose Community Action Agency
Improving the quality of lives of senior citizens and low income families by coordinating access to vital resources and services. Shelby County, KY
New Legacy Reentry Corp
New Legacy works to break the cycle of chronic recidivism for male ex-offenders who were previously incarcerated for nonviolent, nonsexual crimes. New Legacy provides a holistic approach that attends to the needs of the ex-offender who often times faces joblessness and homelessness, as well as facilitating the reunification with family. Jefferson County, KY
Neighborhood House
A community center serving infants through senior citizens from Portland and surrounding neighborhoods of west Louisville. Jefferson County, KY
Operation Care, Inc.
Offers the community a quality women’s shelter, medical care, affordable merchandise in a thrift store setting, and a food pantry. Shelby County, KY
Park Memorial United Methodist Church for Catalyst Rescue Mission
Catalyst Rescue Mission Our mission is dedicated to helping end homelessness in Southern Indiana by providing shelter, case management, life skills training, and social services that propel people into housing permanency. We are supporting the need for seperte living quarters for those who display systems or have tested positive for COVID-19. Jeffersonville, IN
Portland Promise Center
The Portland Promise Center is a long-standing community center located in the Portland neighborhood that provides programs and services for youth and families, including after school and summer programming, meals through Kids Café, community health clinics, basic needs and household items, and has served as a VITA site for several years. At this time, the Portland Promise Center is primarily focused on providing food and essential items to families in need. Jefferson County, KY
Prominent Youth of America
Prominent Youth of America is a small neighborhood-based organization that provides afterschool services to children 6 -18 at the New Directions Brandeis Learning Center. PYA provides after school tutoring and homework help in addition to music education and production. PYA has actively participated in the BLOCS network due to its collaborative youth programming with New Directions Housing Coalition. Jefferson County, KY
River City Drum Corps
River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute, Inc. programs are designed to enhance the development of African American families with children through education, arts, and culture. They provide a structured environment and support system to stimulate youth as community leaders and create a community where live music is enhanced and strengthen through the “Spirit of the Drum.” Jefferson County, KY
Robert Jamison Ministries
RJM runs afterschool programs in the Shawnee neighborhood, in addition to their work with re-entry of formerly incarcerated individuals. RJM currently works with their mental health partner – Creative Spirits Behavioral Health – to connect their families to therapists and other resources. They are currently working with 18 families consisting of 12 adults and 17 children. RJM also provides a robust summer program, and still hopes to host an in-person camp this summer. Jefferson County, KY
Salt and Light Community Development Corporation
As a ministry of Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church works within the community to provide supportive activities for children, youth and adults. Jefferson County, KY
Shepherdsville First Church of the Nazarene
Provides a Community Sharing Pantry filled with non-perishable food where you are free take if you are in need and give if you can spare the extra. The mission and purpose of the pantry is help others that may be stretched a little thin and are short on the basics. It is never locked and is always open 24/7 for your convenience. Bullitt County, KY
Sowing Seeds with Faith
Preparing diverse youth academically and socially for the adverse moments in life by instilling accountability, expectations, structure and faith. Jefferson County, KY
St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Charities, Inc.
St. Elizabeths’s provides pregnant women and single mothers a place to stay along with their young children for up to 90 days while working to resolve crisis, obtain employment and secure stable housing. We are assisting with the rent expenses for residents. New Albany, IN
St. George’s Scholar Institute
St. George’s Scholar Institute, located in the California neighborhood, serves 62 students from all over Louisville representing 17 different JCPS schools. They host weekly programming with students via zoom as well as providing social and emotional support to students. They meet with seniors one-on-one weekly to assist with planning, goal setting, scholarship essay creation, college applications and enrollment for up to twenty seniors. They provide technical assistance for parents with NTI, food services or finances to families in need and refer them to other partners, as necessary. SGSI is currently gearing up for summer camp for students from all over the county. Jefferson County, KY
STEAM Exchange
The Steam Exchange is a community arts organization based in the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky where people of all ages and socioeconomic levels have access to tools and training to produce creative works. Steam Exchange facilitates passion-driven learning experiences where individuals explore the arts through creative play and production. They use the arts as a platform for young people to engage with concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in innovative ways (STEAM). They foster a sense of community, pride and ownership in the Smoketown neighborhood and to encourage community-based creative entrepreneurship by connecting people with the skills and facilities to develop quality projects. Jefferson County, KY
Summerbridge is a well-respected summer learning program for promising, at-risk middle schoolers. Summerbridge provides free six-week summer learning opportunities – including transportation from all over Jefferson County – since 1992. Summerbridge plans to provide virtual summer learning this year and needs support to make this virtual program transition happen. Jefferson County, KY
The Salvation Army of Southern Indiana, Inc.
Fouced on meeting the increase demand for food in our Southern Indiana community. Southern Indiana
Tiger Strike Martial Arts
Tiger Strike Martial Arts Academy and Mentoring is a nonprofit youth serving agency that serves high needs youth and families in the Crums Lane area of Jefferson County. Tiger Strike provides skills training in martial arts as a means to reach youth to support their social, emotional and academic success. Jefferson County, KY
Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc.
Senior Citizen site based services and in home support. Multi-layered programming for seniors and low income families; Respite, Food, Emergency financial, Heat, Weatherization, Transportation. La Grange, KY
Turnaround Resource Center, Inc.
To assist the Bullitt County/ Lebanon Junction area with food and the delivery of meals to those who are shut in and/or no transportation. Bullitt County, KY
Volunteers of America Mid-States
We are supporting VOA resident programs with food assistance. Jefferson County, KY
Wellspring promotes mental health recovery for persons with severe and persistent mental illness and supports them in building healthy and hopeful lives through behavioral health, housing and employment services. Jefferson County, KY
Wesley House Community Services
Wesley House Community Services provides affordable child development services for working parents, out-of-school programs for at-risk youth, workforce development, English and Spanish as a second language, volunteer income tax assistance, and a gently used clothing store, among other services. Jefferson County, KY

Volunteerism and Essential Items Delivered

  • Opened Metro United Way’s Volunteer Connection online portal to nonprofits to request COVID-related volunteer needs and donation requests.
  • Metro United Way’s Volunteer Connection is also serving as the hub for all Louisville Metro Operations Center volunteer opportunities.
  • Volunteer Connection is also being used to track volunteer hours for the Louisville Metro Government for FEMA reimbursement.
  • Distributed more than two tons of essential item donations, including 6,192 personal hygiene items8,000 medical-grade masks125 gallons of hand sanitizer13,000 thousand gloves, 4,889 food products325 thermometers6,720 diapers315 packages of baby wipes, 727 boxes of dryer sheets, 6,360 laundry pods, and thousands of paper products and cleaning supplies to dozens of partner organizations including Coalition for the Homeless, Hope Southern Indiana, Seven Counties Services, Center for Women and Families, Salvation Army, UP for Women Day Shelter, YMCA of Greater Louisville, YMCA emergency child care sites, The Healing Place, Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services, Wellspring, Re:Center Ministries, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Central Louisville Community Ministries, St. John’s Center for Homeless Men, YouthBuild, Family Health Centers, Jefferson Street Baptist Church, Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana, Day Spring Foundation, Family and Children’s Place, Home of the Innocents, Hope Collaborative, Maryhurst, Play Cousins Collective, Volunteers of America, and multiple agencies across Bullitt, Shelby, and Oldham Counties.
  • Sponsored and delivered food to serve 250 youth at Uspiritus for an Easter meal.
  • Connected volunteers to deliver 600+ food bundles to JCPS food distribution sites.
  • Serving on Dare-to-Care’s Covid-19 Food Insecurity Committee to monitor and elevate community-wide food needs.

Support for Nonprofit Partners

  • Serving on the Evolve502 Rapid Response Team focused on ensuring enriching (virtual) summer learning experiences for JCPS students.
  • Released a statewide nonprofit survey in the immediate wake of COVID-19 in partnership with Kentucky Non-Profit Network to inform funders and partners of the immediate needs of the non-profit community.
  • In partnership with Unite US, Metro United Way is utilizing United Community, in our COVID response. We continue to reach out on an ongoing basis to agencies and non-profit partners to check in and identify and track emerging needs.
  • Created COVID-19 landing page on website with updated crisis information and referrals for nonprofit partners and organizations, parents, individuals age 60+, facts about COVID, volunteer opportunities, emerging funding opportunities, and more.
  • Created a resource guide of best practices for organizations to maintain high-quality programs in a virtual setting.

Support for Individuals

  • Expanded 2-1-1 information and resources to provide more crisis data/information for and from callers. We continue to ensure 2-1-1 operators are equipped with up-to-date information to provide better crisis relief and referrals.
    • Collected and provided up-to-date demographic data on seniors to March for Meals so that could program can expand to better serve individuals most in need.
  • Expanded emergency rides through Ride United, which provides free transportation through Lyft, and 2-1-1.


The dashboard below shows data from calls to our 2-1-1 helpline since March 9, 2020

Legislative Action and Advocacy

Local Advocacy

  • Action: Continued advocacy for the Louisville Metro Council to operationalize emergency funding best practices in their effort to deploy $2.7 million to nonprofits for housing assistance and food access during the pandemic.
    • Progress: The Council passed an amendment to consider upfront payment rather than reimbursement for nonprofit recipients on April 9.
    • Progress: The Council released its first round of relief funding to seven nonprofits on May 11. Read more.
  • Action: Submitted public comment on Louisville Metro Government’s proposed plan for $10.2 million in federal Housing & Urban Development (HUD) related funding provided in the CARES Act. Our comments underscored the importance of and restated the recommendations provided by Coalition for the Homeless. Click here to read.


State Advocacy

  • Action: Fought for critical early childhood education funding in Kentucky’s state budget.
    • Progress: Despite the bleak revenue projections that reshaped the General Assembly’s funding priorities and informed an austere one-year budget for FY 2021, MUW led-efforts—including communications to key budget negotiators—helped protect the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and Public Preschool from cuts.
  • Action: Continued communications with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to ensure effective and efficient administration of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant funds increased to support child care providers during the pandemic.
    • Progress: Child care programs will receive Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) reimbursements based on enrollment rather than attendance during the mandated shut down to help continue payroll, rent, utility, insurance, and other critical-costs payments.
    • Progress: Limited Duration Childcare (LDC) centers opened to provide child care for essential workers will receive CCAP payments for eligible children.
    • Progress: All licensed child care programs can receive a sustainment stipend of $225 per child based on capacity for employee salaries, facility costs, utilities, insurance premiums, and other fixed expenses
    • Progress: All child care providers working in LDCs will receive a Hero Bonus.


Federal Advocacy

  • Action: Fought to ensure our community and our nonprofit sector secured essential resources for combating COVID-19’s impacts in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
    • Progress: The CARES Act became law on Friday, March 27, and included several priority provisions:
      • $15.5 billion in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to meet increasing need and help ensure all Americans, including seniors and children receive the food they need.
      • $8.8 billion in additional funding for Child Nutrition Programs in order to ensure children receive meals while school is not in session.
      • $3.5 billion for child care providers to maintain operations for essential workers and ensure re-opening when closure orders lift
      • $350 billion in critical loans to support the survival of nonprofits and small businesses
      • $900 million for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help lower income households heat and cool their homes.
      • A temporary “above the line” or universal charitable deduction to enable all Americans to give up to $300 to charities, tax-free, through the end of 2020. The incentive applies to cash contributions made in 2020 and can be claimed on tax forms next year.
  • Action: Ongoing dedicated advocacy to achieve the legislative changes and additional resources needed to for the wellbeing our neighbors and network.
    • Progress: Organizational and coalition communications to Kentucky’s Congressional delegation to bring current policy priorities into sharp focus:
      • Strengthen the role of child care providers to support essential workers and families by providing a $50 billion emergency appropriation for the child care system.
      • Respond to the growing food insecurity needs of children and families by temporarily increasing the basic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit level by 15%.
      • Ease the financial strain on state budgets by providing a temporary increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) by an additional 6%.
      • Put more money into the economy by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) for working individuals and families.
      • Help low- and moderate-income families file federal taxes and access tax benefits by providing a $12 million emergency appropriation for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
      • Enhance charities’ ability to raise private donations by expanding and making the new nonitemizer charitable deduction permanent.
      • Expand nonprofit access to immediate financial relief through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
      • Hold harmless self-insured nonprofits by providing funding to cover 100% of the costs of these organizations’ unemployment claims


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