Advancing the Common Good
Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.
That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:
- Education – Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
- Income – Promoting Financial Stability and Independence
- Health – Improving People’s Health
Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.
United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living united means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. For these reasons and others, United Way of the Coalfield works to help the following agencies by providing a source of stable funding and support.
Our Partner Agencies (click on partner name to visit their website)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Madisonville-Hopkins County, a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America affiliate, has been providing one-to-one services since 1987. The Community, Site Based and High School Buddy Mentoring Programs were developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters to allow qualified volunteers to become mentors to at-risk children and youth. The primary goal of these programs is to give children between the ages of 6 and 12 the opportunity to improve their learning skills and self-esteem through individualized attention. Big Brothers Big Sisters has over 100 years of experience training mentors and identifying at-risk youth. The agency is respected in Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties and has the support of community leaders. Teachers, principals, school counselors, and parents are also very accommodating of the programs.
Hope2All operates food banks in Hopkins and Muhlenberg Counties to combat household hunger. Hope2All also provides support for individuals with addictions and other life-controlling issues.
Hopkins County 4-H, a program of Hopkins County Cooperative Extension, provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Based on their interests and guided by mentors, youth develop their own pathway in 4‑H.
The Hopkins County Community Clinic provides medical and prescription assistance for low-income, working, insured and uninsured residents of Hopkins & Webster County. They also provide service learning opportunities for medical and healthcare students. They are truly a "community" clinic and operate solely on donations and community support.
The Learning Center of Madisonville (TLC) seeks to build confiendce in students in Western Kentucky. They offer reading and math literacy programs to aid students who have Dyslexia or are otherwise struggling, as well as student who have Dysalculia with math literacy. TLC also offers English Language Learning program, which helps both children and adults learn English. Students in this program are typically immigrants.
The Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center is an organization that employs individuals with various disabilities. Clients work in production, thrift, and groceries. The center aims to rehabilitate individuals with disabilities and prepare them for jobs in competitive employment. The center also provides long-term employment through small parts assembly work for those unable to reach competitive employment.
The Pennyrile Allied Community Services Home Delivered Meals Program provides home cooked meals, delivered daily, to area homebound senior citizens.
The Salvation Army feeds, clothes, comforts, and cares for those in need in Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties. Their ministry works to rebuild broken homes and broken lives. Their work includes food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children's programs.
Sanctuary, Inc. is a non-profit agency committed to the provision of preventative and restorative services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Sanctuary, Inc. delivers caring, comprehensive support to victims of personal violence in the nine-county area of the Pennyrile Area Development District including: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Trigg. Sanctuary, Inc. seeks to empower through crisis intervention, peer support, victim advocacy, and community education.
Pennyroyal Center-Trace Industries is a day program providing job skill training and job opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Trace Industries provides opportunity for their client employees to learn daily living skills and vocational skills as well as provide employment opportunities.
The Hopkins County Family YMCA Kid Center provides high quality preschool and before/after school child care programs and summer programs to families in Hopkins County. Financial assistance is available to families that cannot afford child care and are not eligable for any other state assistance.