Week of October 24, 2022

Metro United Way Impact Tracker

Hear from our Chief Equity and Impact Officer, Robert E. Gunn, Jr.


Ready for K Alliance

    • Ashley Brandt, Director of Early Care and Education presented on the work of Metro United Way and the Ready for K Alliance at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s 2022 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum Education.
    • Planning for Ready for K’s Access & Quality Action Network first listening session with Russell neighborhood-based child care providers which will be held on Saturday, October 29 in partnership with Russell Place of Promise, 4-C and Child Care Aware.
    • Re-evaluating Ready for K’s priority zip codes with the support of Metro United Way’s data.
    • Continually meeting with Ready for K partners to learn about their work, ongoing needs, barriers they and the families they serve are facing, and how Metro United Way can support them
    • Along with community partners, working to address diaper needs and identified the next steps to bring awareness and support to diaper needs in our community.

Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ)

    • Other organizations around the nation are hearing about our Ages & Stages (ASQ) Hub and reaching out to learn more about our database and best practices.
    • The Kentucky Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Team (START) is a child welfare-based model for families with young children, co-occurring substance misuse, and child maltreatment. It partners with child welfare and behavioral health workers to pair a social worker with a family member to support long term recovery. Kimberly Broecker, our Manager of Developmental Screening, presented an overview of our ASQ to START at their regional meeting.
    • An ASQ training will be held on Saturday, November 12 for community partners, child care providers, and healthcare providers.
    • Working to develop an ASQ resource guide for early childhood in Southern Indiana.
    • Kindergarten registration for the 2023-24 school year opens Tuesday, November 1. Our ASQ team will be supporting families in registration and to ensure on-time registration for children eligible for Kindergarten in 2023.



  • We now have more than 90 organizations in our youth success network.
  • We made modifications to our Bridgeway Tutoring program to increase compensation for tutors and open more opportunities for in-person tutoring.
  • Working on a “social action” framework that will be used to empower youth to lead change in our community.
  • Learn more about our work with the Louisville Metro Office of Safe & Health Neighborhoods (OSHN) YES! Team HERE.

    • We are on track to meet or exceed all of our metrics for AcceLOUrate Savings, supported by the Humana Foundation, which is a financial asset collaborative focusing on financial coaching, peer support, flexible financial support, and connection to resources.
    • We were part of the Siemer Institute’s Summit of 64 participating communities serving 115,000 families with 230,000 children over the last 10+ years. This is a long-term coaching/case management to stabilize families regarding income, housing, and education so children can be successful in school.
    • We have identified participants in the YaLift! program that will share their individual stories to our community later this year. The Courier-Journal and other media outlets have expressed interest in interviewing them about this innovative guaranteed income program that has been successful in other cities across the country.
    • Mark your calendars for the YALift! Photovoice exhibit the evening of Saturday, November 19 at The Social Practice Lab. More details to come.


    • Working with local leaders in Shelby County to conduct a needs assessment so we can continue to understand the most critical needs in Shelbyville and surrounding neighborhoods.
    • Conducted learning sessions around our home ownership pilot in Southern Indiana. Currently have 24 individuals and eight households enrolled. A grant $92,275 was just approved and will assist in supporting the next phase of the housing-focused work in Southern Indiana.
    • Mark your calendars: Our next Build-A-Bed project in Southern Indiana is Saturday, February 18.
    • Advocating for local lead poisoning ordinance in Jefferson County. Learn more HERE.



    • Facilitated 15 corporate volunteer experiences this fall (so far!) which is the most since the fall of 2019.
    • In all, 2,032 impact products were shared with the Greater Louisville region in September and October. Thanks to 943 volunteers giving 1,022 hours of their time!
    • Preparing for upcoming corporate volunteer events with Humana, GE Appliances, PNC Bank, Fund for the Arts, and ASRC/Michelin.


United Neighborhoods 

    • Completed the most recent phase of home repairs in the California neighborhood in partnership with New Directions Housing Corporation, bringing the total number of homes repaired to 25 so far in 2022. This is important because some of the biggest and most urgent needs are within homes of residents – some who are living in unsafe conditions, meaning individuals, especially seniors living in poverty, sometimes have to make the choice between home repairs and their own health care and basic needs.
    • Invested in board leadership training with CNPE for two grassroots California Neighborhood organizations.


United Community

    • Our utilization rate for United Community has remained steady at 31% even though we did see the most referrals for a month for this year. The network sent/received 1,752 referrals this month all while maintaining efficiency and taking only 1.5 days to get a referral accepted by a provider. ​
    • Almost 500 requests have come into the United Community Care & Coordination Center. Of the open cases, 84% have been resolved.
    • From a client helped by the United Community Care & Coordination Center:


  • The Racial Wealth Gap Simulation continues to be a powerful community engagement tool. In early November, a highly anticipated partnership meeting will include Baird, Leadership Louisville, TEKsystems, Goodwill, University of Louisville, and Republic Bank will hear about Simulation and its impact. Other United Ways across the country continue to reach out to us to learn more about bringing the simulation to their communities. Humana will once again partner with us to bring the Simulation to staff in November.
  • Strategic planning for Black L.O.V.E. continues with Torch Enterprises. Our inaugural cohort of grantees completed an insightful feedback survey in October. Those grantees and funders will soon convene to discuss the first round of funding, outcomes, capacity building, and vision for the future. An update will be presented to our board in the month of November.
  • Check out our Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on WAVE3 along with our Black L.O.V.E. partner – BrainSTEM HERE!
  • Our Community Impact Cabinet will be presented an overview of Young Men United, a national pilot initiative to support high school and post-secondary male youth of color in the U.S. to enter and graduate 4-year colleges (degree-granting institutions of high education) and enter the workforce

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