The time to do something BOLD is NOW
Louisville ranks 5th in the nation for concentrated poverty.
- Out of 1,600 census tracks across our 17 peer cities, 2 of the 10 highest rates of poverty are census tracts in west Louisville.
- Eviction rate is twice the national average.
Peer cities are excelling past us.
- In health outcomes, we rank 16th out of 17 cities combining several measures of length and quality of life.
- We rank 11th out of 17 cities in education among the working-age population.
- We’ve dropped from 5th in 2005 to 8th in 2018 in median earnings adjusted for inflation.
Greater Louisville region lags peers in inclusivity.
- Gaps between whites and people of color, and between advantaged and disadvantaged neighborhoods, have remained wide.
- Louisville ranks 46th out of 53 large cities in geographic inclusion and 30th for racial inclusion.
The pandemic has only exacerbated need:
- There were 17,000 disconnected youth (homeless, foster care, criminal justice system, or not employed or in school) in our community in December 2019. That number is well over 32,000 today.
- 12,000 single-parent female heads of households with children were at immediate risk of homelessness pre-COVID.
- Nearly 50% of students entering JCPS were are already behind before the pandemic and are at risk of falling further behind in a virtual environment, exacerbated by our community’s digital divide.
We’re fighting for…
Children are scoring higher on social-emotional and kindergarten readiness measures.
Youth are scoring higher on social and emotional learning, getting fewer suspensions, less likely to drop out of high school, and have better school attendance – all numbers at or above the national average.
62% found employment; 80% increased wages
42 increased income by $1,000; 89 achieved two steps toward savings goals
Free tax assistance
$15 million in tax refunds
2-1-1 Help Line
1,000,000+ referrals through 2-1-1 help line, 43,000 meals and counting
2-1-1 Help Line
24/7 connections to housing assistance, utilities help, childcare, healthcare, food – any non-emergency need
Shared technology platform connecting health, education and human services sectors
Committed to aligning our culture and business practices to be a beacon of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all people and leading our community in doing this work.
Policy makers are critical partners in promoting health, education, workforce development, and human services, so we actively engage, help educate, and advocate for good policy. And when you add your voice to our chorus, you make us that much louder and that much more effective.
Local, state and federal advocacy promoting health, education, workforce development, and human services so we actively engage, help educate, and advocate for good policy. Learn More
COVID-19 POLICY AND ADVOCACY EFFORTSSee COVID Policy efforts
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COVID Relief and Recovery
Shifting historic funding models.
Connecting schools, hospitals, nonprofits, and government agencies through United Community.
Focusing on black-led organizations in our target neighborhoods.
Leading crucial equity conversations with partners and community leaders.
Sourcing and delivering PPE, supplies, food, and water to nonprofits serving at-risk individuals and families.
Attracting national attention with our innovative models and local support.
Make History with Us
Metro United Way is uniquely positioned to address the biggest needs in our community through data-driven collective action that uses a holistic model, a role that has been made more apparent by the COVID pandemic.
Help Us Accelerate a Path to a Brighter Future
- So much has changed over the course of 2020, but we don’t want to go back to “normal”.
- Our previous “normal” left too many people behind.
- Metro United Way is uniquely positioned to address the biggest needs in our community through data-driven collective action that uses a holistic model, a role that has been made more apparent by the COVID pandemic.
- Please consider a gift to Metro United Way today to invest in a better, more equitable future for all!