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Paducah-McCracken United Way to Get Funding
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - United Way of Paducah-McCracken County is among organizations receiving more than than $2 million from Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities giving campaign.

Providing programs and services to assist vulnerable residents in communities requires generating enough funds to keep those programs running.

Employees of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are pitching in to help provide those much needed dollars for nonprofit agencies and organizations across the utilities’ service territories. Coupled with financial support from the LG&E and KU Foundation, the utilities’ voluntary employee-giving campaign, Power of One, raised more than $2 million in contributions.

The contributions are being allocated to United Way of Paducah-McCracken County and 26 additional nonprofit organizations to support services in 2019. Those nonprofits serve nearly all 120 counties across Kentucky, more than 50 counties in Indiana, as well as parts of Virginia.

United Way of Paducah-McCracken County and its affiliates serve Ballard and McCracken counties in Kentucky. 

“This is the second time in two years that we’ve surpassed $2 million and this is the largest amount we’ve raised in our campaign’s 14 year history,” said LG&E and KU Chief Operating Officer and co-chair of the 2018 Power of One campaign, Lonnie Bellar. “Besides being part of an incredibly generous and caring workforce that makes giving back a priority, what thrills us the most is knowing the far-reaching impacts this money will have for families in our communities.”
 
Nearly 70 percent of LG&E and KU employees participate in the campaign through payroll deduction, a participation rate four times greater than the workplace employee giving average, according to United Way worldwide data.

Since 2005, the employee-driven campaign has raised nearly $24 million through payroll deductions, event fundraisers, retiree donations and support from IBEW Local 2100 and the LG&E and KU Foundation.

Published 03:00 AM, Saturday Jan. 05, 2019
Updated 12:21 AM, Saturday Jan. 05, 2019

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