Backside Learning Center receives Humana Foundation grant to help strengthen Louisville

Backside Learning Center interns help prepare food boxes for equine workers and their families.

Backside Learning Center staff prepares packets for children with activities, including stickers and books.

These activity packets are included with food boxes sent by Backside Learning Center to equine workers and their families.

Backside Learning Center staff prepares packets for children with activities, including stickers and books.

Coronavirus is challenging us and our communities in new and unexpected ways. Yet, it also gives us a chance to join together and rally around a common cause.

The Humana Foundation believes strengthening our communities and the work local organizations do is more important now than ever. That’s why the Foundation recently offered a special incentive to  random one Louisville employee who voted for 2020 Community Partners Program (CPP) finalists and participated in an internal social media campaign – the opportunity to select a local nonprofit for a $10,000 grant.

Emily Laybourne, a Consumer Experience Professional with Humana Military, selected Backside Learning Center (BLC), a nonprofit organization that builds community and enriches the lives of equine workers and families at Churchill Downs. When Emily first moved to Kentucky, she worked as a BLC volunteer coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA, helping Churchill Downs workers access education, connection and community support.

Although many Kentucky Derby events that help support BLC have been cancelled or postponed, backside workers and their families need more support now than ever. The organization will use The Humana Foundation grant to support staffing and programming that will directly benefit Churchill Downs workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BLC is delivering weekly healthy food boxes to 125 Churchill Downs workers’ households, as well as working to help approximately 250 children continue learning online via Kentucky’s Non-Traditional Instruction Program.

“Most of our families do not have home internet or devices, so we are connecting them with donated Chomebooks, tablets and laptops, as well as setting up a volunteer program to assist with virtual homework help,” said Sherry Stanley, Executive Director of Backside Learning Center. “This grant from The Humana Foundation and Emily Laybourne will allow us to continue that work.”


Are you looking for ways to help those impacted by COVID-19? Consider donating to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, established to help the millions of Americans who turn to food banks for much-needed support via emergency food boxes, drive-thru pantries and long-term support.

If you are a Humana employee, please visit Humana Together for ways to help your local community including volunteer opportunities and charitable donations. And, if you have volunteer opportunities related to COVID-19 to share with Humana employees, please create a profile with Benevity, the platform that powers Humana Together.

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