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Kathy Plomin

The every-five-year review of Lexington’s Comprehensive Plan is about to begin. The two-year review will determine whether there is a need to extend the service boundaries and open up new rural land in Fayette County to development. more

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Lexington, KY - Wow. These have been a few challenging weeks for all nonprofits in the Bluegrass. We have seen an increase in demand for services along with limited resources to help due to the challenging economy. In... more

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Lexington, KY - Many of you share a passion with me of helping our community to be the best it can be. I see you taking your lunch breaks or trading after-hours family time for a function hosted by a nonprofit near and... more

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"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." This famous Winston Churchill quote is usually associated with individuals giving back, but have you ever stopped to considered how corporate philanthropy affects... more

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As gas prices continue to fluctuate, the stock market continues to be volatile and other living costs continue to rise, our local businesses are impacted and challenged. These businesses are directly hit - - not just by the conditions... more

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If you don't know where you're going, it's hard to get there. That statement is attributed to baseball great Casey Stengel, but also it applies to our community.What does success look like for us? Most of us would say a strong,... more

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More than 700 high school students do not graduate on time each year. Thirty-one percent of fourth graders read below proficiency levels. Approximately 65,000 people do not have health insurance, and 10,000 young children live in families... more

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A few weeks ago, I attended an evening event titled "The Poverty Forum," which was organized through the efforts of the Community Action Council. United Way and several other organizations partnered in this launch of an effort to foster... more

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The sun was shining brightly on August 8, 2006, as Drew O'Brien climbed a tree while his sister played a soccer game in a nearby field. This 16-year-old loved heights and was challenging himself to climb higher and higher. Suddenly,... more

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When a local business like Hammond Communications Group donates $15,000 worth of marketing services to United Way of the Bluegrass each year, that's corporate pro bono.When Lexmark and Toyota donate the staff time of thousands... more

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As of February 2008, approximately 75,000 people are living in poverty with no relief in sight. Over 11,000 individuals who are able to work are unemployed. Roughly 28,000 households pay more than 30 percent of their income on rent alone,... more

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After learning that her father would be deployed again with his National Guard unit, nine-year-old Taylor Pace could have felt sorry for herself. After all, her dad had just returned from a 14-month stint in Iraq a few months earlier... more

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"It comes as no surprise to anyone that the world of philanthropy is getting enormous national buzz this year. The cover story of Newsweek's October 1 issue was entitled Giving Globally: How to Heal the World (or at least make a real... more

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"What if you could help return $39 billion to working families by simply giving two to four hours a week for a few months out of the year? By helping spread the word about the Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project (CKEEP) to... more

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"From the earliest stages of life, we are encouraged to help those in need, to share our seat on the bus, our snack, the vacant half of our umbrella — basically, to abide by that golden rule of doing unto others as we would... more

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"Jennifer was 12 years old, living in one of Lexington's most impoverished neighborhoods with little hope for a future when she met Laura. A Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass (BBBS), Laura came to be not only... more

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"The tragic events surrounding the crash of Comair 5191 on the morning of August 27, 2006, touched our community in many ways. First responders and volunteers from organizations like the police and fire departments, American Red Cross,... more

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"The light shining through the window near day's end was nearly as tired as the voices of the people scattered around the table.The volunteers sat in a United Way conference room all day with the future of some of Central Kentucky's... more

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"I have just spent a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with my family and friends, reminiscing much of that time. I always think about those loved ones who have passed on. Those memories bring back warm feelings of times spent together:... more

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"United Way of the Bluegrass has begun a strategic journey toward changes that, when realized, address major issues and problems faced by our regional community. This local focus follows the lead of United Way of America, which kicked... more

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"It's nice when a good collaboration works within our community. Such has been the case with the collaborative approach regarding the federal ELOA (Early Learning Opportunity Act) grant that awarded $921,424 in the fall of 2005. Since... more

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