KIPDA to Lobby for Aging Care Funding

A local agency for aging and independent living will be in Washington next week to lobby legislators in the hope of preserving the federal budget for aging care programs. The Social Services Division of the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency provides assistance to disabled persons of all ages as well as the elderly, and… Continue reading KIPDA to Lobby for Aging Care Funding

AmeriCorps Set to Expand in Kentucky, Indiana

By Elizabeth Kramer Kentucky will get more AmeriCorps workers as part of the program’s national expansion. The federal government awarded more than $230 in grant money to states this week to expand AmeriCorps, a service program with hundreds of members already working in Kentucky. The expansion includes $2.8 million for service projects throughout the state… Continue reading AmeriCorps Set to Expand in Kentucky, Indiana

Racial Bias in Services to Children & Families

Racial bias seems to be present in all professions and all walks of life. But what if you encounter racial bias at the one place you need the most? Every day children and families seek social services for help with their lives. They put their trust in individuals and organizations that are supposed to provide assistance based on need, not race. But humans are in charge, and with humans comes bias, both conscious and unconscious. And individual bias can lead to institutional bias with minorities disproportionately represented, or treated differently from white people. Join us on Monday when we talk about racial bias in services to children and families and learn how to combat this problem.  Listen to the Show

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Metro United Ways Falls a Bit Short of Campaign Goal

The Metro United Way announced the results of its current campaign today. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. This year’s campaign collected just over $27 million, falling short of Metro United Way’s goal of raising as much as last year’s campaign — $28.5 million. President and CEO Joe Tolan says the economy was a huge factor, with… Continue reading Metro United Ways Falls a Bit Short of Campaign Goal

Louisville Stimulus Money Used to Direct People to Social Services

A program being run by Louisville Metro government partially through stimulus funds is helping people who may find themselves in need because of the recession. A growing number of previously middle-income families are seeking social services because of the loss of a job or home. The program is called “Through Any Door” and is run… Continue reading Louisville Stimulus Money Used to Direct People to Social Services

Metro United Way Holds Rally to Reenergize Campaign

Although the Louisville Metro United Way’s annual fundraising campaign doesn’t wrap up until February, it’s holding a pep rally tomorrow to spur giving. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The rally starts at 7:45 a.m. on the Old Male High School campus on Brook Street. United Way president and CEO Joe Tolan says it’s a way to… Continue reading Metro United Way Holds Rally to Reenergize Campaign

Study Reviews "Faith-Based Initiatives"

A new study says questions about hiring practices undermined President George W. Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The report — Taking Stock: The Bush Faith-Based Initiative and What Lies Ahead— from the Rockefeller Institute of Government found Bush’s policy goals were never fully realized because of doubts in Congress and… Continue reading Study Reviews "Faith-Based Initiatives"

More People Calling United Way for Help

As the economy worsens, Metro United Way has more calls from people in need. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Glen Powell manages the calls that come into Metro United Way on its 2 – 1 – 1 telephone line. Since setting up the free calling line two years ago, the agency has used it to… Continue reading More People Calling United Way for Help