Metro United Way
For over 90 years Metro United Way has been working to improve lives in our community . . . today and tomorrow!
YOU help improve lives today
Because of your generosity and commitment, Metro United Way can provide a network of programs and services that feed the hungry, provide shelter for the homeless, offer protection from abuse and ensure the safety of frail elderly.
Did you know?
- Right now in Kentuckiana, one family in six struggles to put a meal on the table.
- More than 10,000 of our area’s students are homeless at some point during the school year.
- 22% of children in Jefferson County currently live in poverty.
Need in our region has steadily grown since 2008. And demand for help with basic needs – like food, shelter and a safe environment – has risen by more than 10% in the past year alone.
YOU help improve lives tomorrow
A better education leads to a better income and a healthier life.
Did you know?
- 1 in 4 of our youth throughout our region do not graduate from high school on time.
- The hours between 3-6 p.m. on school days are the prime time for juvenile crime.
With your support, we are committed to making a positive change in our community’s future by giving our youth the support they need to succeed in school. How? By focusing on two main areas of education: preparing our children for kindergarten, and ensuring more of our youth graduate high school on time prepared for college, work and life.
But we need your help to continue our life-changing work! Whether you’re able to give $2 per week or $10,000 a year, your contributions will make a difference in someone’s life. Someone like Alex . . . You can hear Alex’s story here or keep reading to find out more!
Alex was a precocious boy with boundless energy. Removed from an abusive home at the age of three, Alex was adopted by his mother, Kathy, a single professional woman with a lot of love to give. But even with a supportive and loving home, it became apparent that Alex needed something more. He needed a male presence in his life.
So, when Alex was seven, Kathy called Big Brothers Big Sisters, an agency supported by Metro United Way. Within days Alex was paired with Robert, a twenty-one year old looking for a way to give back to the community. Alex and Robert were a perfect match. “Alex reminded me a lot of myself,” said Robert, “We hit it off immediately.
For Alex, Robert soon became much more than just a male “buddy” he could spend time with. Robert was like a brother -- and often times more like a father -- to Alex. “We did a lot of ‘guy stuff’ together,” said Alex. “Things I just couldn’t do with my mom. In many ways, Robert has shown me what it means to be a good man."
Today, Alex is a graduate of Trinity High School and a student at the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering. And while Robert is married and has two children of his own, he and Alex still maintain a close relationship, making time to see each other regularly. Often enough that if you ask Robert’s children, the will tell you they love “Uncle Alex… very much.”