United Way of Southern Kentucky has announced it is investing $66,500 in education, income, health, and safety net programs and services that serve Simpson County for its July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 funding period.

Fourteen local programs provided through nine service providers will receive the allocated campaign dollars and donor designations.

The funds in Simpson County were allocated by volunteers led by Simpson County Chair Steve Thurmond.

In Simpson County funding for education totaled $16,880 allocated to the Barren River District Health Department Health Access Nurturing Development Services, Life Choice Inc.'s Earn While You Learn, Simpson County Schools Little Cats and Jump Start Academy at Franklin Elementary and Junior Achievement: Essential Skills = Workforce Ready: The Expanded UW/JA Initiative.

Funding for health totaled $17,650 allocated to Kentucky Legal Aid for both the Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman and Benefits Counseling, the Emergency Shelter and Crisis Aid to Protect and Empower programs operated by both Barren River Area Safe Space and Kentucky Legal Aid along with Hope Harbor Community Violence Education and Prevention.

Safety net funding totaled $13,350 dollars allocated to Feeding America Kentucky's Heartland Back Pack Program, three Franklin - Simpson Good Samaritan programs - Family Food Boxes, Utilities Assistance and Work Boots and Clothes along with Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance.

A total of $1,036,831 will be invested by the United Way across the 10 county Barren River Area Development District as part of the 2019 - 20 funding cycle to 58 programs through 37 services providers.

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