RUSSELL, Ky. — United Way of Northeast Kentucky was recently received a $17,000 donation from The Bon Secours Kentucky Health System (BSKHS).
The funds were raised during the health system’s annual United Way campaign and presented to UWNEK during a ceremony on the OLBH campus.
BSKHS CEO Kevin Halter, said they take pride in their efforts towards UWNEK.
“I am proud of what we were able to do with this year’s campaign,” Halter said. “We’re strong supporters of United Way because I believe it offers one of the best opportunities to maximize charitable giving. Nowhere else does your donation support so many while staying local. I believe our employees have a unique perspective on the work of United Way because they see the support the organization provides to OLBH’s Meals on Wheels program.” OLBH’s Meals on Wheels program assists with meals being delivered five days a week to elderly or disabled people with food being prepared by a variety of vendors and delivered by volunteers.”
Jerri Compton, executive director of UWNEK, said they greatly appreciate the support from BSKHS.
“We’re very appreciative of the Bon Secours Kentucky Health System and its employees for this wonderful donation,” said UWNEK CEO Jerri Compton. “OLBH has long been a supporter of the work that we do at United Way, and we couldn’t be more pleased that they are continuing with that legacy of giving.”
The source of the funds is OLBH employees contributions, according to Compton.
“We campaign throughout the year, and have a large fall campaign through our corporations and companies that conduct employee campaigns throughout the year,” Compton said. “The hospitals conduct a workplace campaign, and what that means is that they are asking employees at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital to the United Way campaign. So, employees can choose to payroll deduct two dollars, or 10 dollars each pay period from their pay checks, and that money goes to United Way,” Compton said. “So that $17,000 is money that employees at the Hospital have pledged to United Way, and that is the incredible thing about it.
UWNEK is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that works with more than 60 local programs to improve lives in neighborhoods, schools and workplaces.
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