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Wal-Mart donates $175,000 to United Way of Kentucky

Wal-Mart has donated $175,000 to United Way of Kentucky to help set up a statewide 211 system, the company announced Tuesday.

The number is an easy-to-remember means of connecting people in need with health and human services. It also matches volunteers with opportunities to help. Access to 211 is already available in 22 counties, including the Central Kentucky counties served by United Way of the Bluegrass.

Terry Tolan, president of United Way of Kentucky, said expanding access is a priority for his organization, which is an association of 22 United Ways across the state.

United Way of Kentucky is working with local United Ways, call centers, telecommunications companies and others to make 211 available throughout the state. Wal-Mart made the donation through the Wal-Mart Foundation's State Giving Program.

"We strive to help our customers and the people in our surrounding communities live better," said Wal-Mart spokesman Jason Wetzel. "With this donation to the United Way, Wal-Mart can help support Kentuckians who are working together to give back and improve communities across the state."