KyForward is offering this “Non-Profit Wish List” to connect you with local organizations who help meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable. If you know of an organization that would like to submit Wish List requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Fill the Truck’ with United Way of the Bluegrass, Walmart
United Way of the Bluegrass is joining forces with select Walmart stores to Fill the Truck with new toys and coats to benefit local children in need this holiday season.
Volunteers will be collecting new toys, coats and Walmart gift cards in Lexington at the Richmond Road Walmart and Nicholasville Road Walmart Supercenter on Dec. 14. Customers can conveniently pick up a new toy or coat while shopping, then drop donations in the truck located outside the store.
United Way of the Bluegrass and Walmart are partnering with Vincent Fister, Inc. to deliver gifts to needy children.
Volunteers will be collecting items to benefit local charities on:
· Saturday, Dec. 14 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. – to benefit GreenHouse17 and Chrysalis House
For more information, please visit here or dial 2-1-1.
Bluegrass PRIDE/Bluegrass GREENSOURCE
The organization made a BIG announcement in late June that they had a new name, new look, but same mission – To Teach and Encourage Green Living! They are now Bluegrass GREENSOURCE.
What You Can Do:
• Click here for information on waste.
• Click here for information on recycling.
• Click here for information on composting.
• Click here for information on litter.
• Click here on reducing waste.
For more information on what you can do about water, using energy efficiently, partnering with LiveGreenLexington, and to view more resources, click here.
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope
This is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people of all ages with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with horses.
Chrysalis House was an early adopter of GoodGiving.net, an initiative of Blue Grass Community Foundation, to connect the community and nonprofits. To see our profile, search for us here.
We still need:
• One Woman One Day: For a donation of $78, you can help support one of the women at the Chrysalis House as they work toward recovery.
• Click here to make a donation.
For information on student practica, click here. For more information on us, click chrysalishouse.org”>here.
Dress for Success
In-kind support through the donation of services outlined below will allow us to establish our operating space as well as provide a meaningful experience for our clients.
• Dry cleaning services for our inventory of clothing
• Alteration services for our clients’ outfits
• Transportation/taxi service for clients who require aid taking clothing home once we begin serving clients
• Aesthetics, beauty, make-up, jewelry and personal style consulting services
We need Grocery Gleaners with a vehicle to spend 1-1 1/2 hours at a time to pick up from Whole Foods and Good Foods. Whole Foods pick ups are each Monday, Wednesday and Friday and get delivered to various sites. Good Foods pick ups are each Monday and Thursday. For details, click here.
We need volunteer professional help with our website, social media, graphics, journalism, videography and photography.
We need volunteers to build, plant and maintain gardens grown to feed the hungry. Contact Bob McKinley at email@example.com.
We also need the following things:
• Gleaning supplies such as rakes, buckets and gloves.
• Gas cards so we can fill-up truck for gleaning runs.
• A printing partner to donate the printing of annual report, brochures, posters, business cards, etc.
• Storage space to store buckets, gloves, containers, clippers, etc.
• Support for t-shirts and name badges to identify volunteers (approx. $1,300).
• Sponsor for our “Gleaners’ Gala,” which is a year-end thank-you event for our volunteers (approx. $1,000).
Family Nurturing Center
Our children and families charity serves Northern Kentucky with child abuse treatment, child abuse prevention and education services.
Some people prefer to give something more tangible than cash, although we need cash to support existing programs, but there are many items we normally purchase that if donated would free up our money for other things. This list includes everything from alcohol swabs and umbrella strollers to gift cards and glue sticks. To see a comprehensive list, click here.
FNC has issued a press release about holiday giving. To donate online, click here. If you can donate, please call us at 859-525-3200. To learn more about us and our programs, please click here.
• Donations of clothing and any household goods (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, chairs, sheets, curtains, small appliances, etc.) can be dropped off at 614 E. 7th St. from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.
• Any clothing donations are welcome, but God’s Garments is always in need of men’s pants, average and large sizes, and large-sized women’s clothing. We especially need coats, sweaters, jeans, gloves, hats and other cold weather clothing. God’s Garments offers people a means to obtain needed items with no hassle or pre-approval. Please call 859-514-7210.
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• FEED USA + Target are displaying an exclusive collection of apparel and accessories, home, sporting goods and stationery products for a limited time at Target stores and Target.com. Each product displays a number that means the number of meals donated to Feeding America with the purchase. For more information, click here.
• General Food Donations: Food donations from individuals or families are always accepted and welcomed. Donations can be made at the God’s Pantry warehouse (1685 Jaggie Fox Way) during normal operating hours. In addition, residents of Fayette County can make their donation at any Kroger store by placing the food in our donation barrel near the customer service desk or exit.
• Other Ways to Give Food:
– Kroger Bags – all Fayette Kroger Stores stock pre-made bags of food (vegetables, fruit, meat and pasta products) valued at $2.50, $5 and $10 located near the checkout lanes. Simply pickup a bag, have it scanned and drop it in the blue barrels on your way out of the store. Your charitable donation is registered on the receipt.
- Checkout Hunger – Kroger Stores also have coupons valued at $1, $2, and $5 located at the checkout lanes. To make a donation, simply rip off a coupon and have it scanned. Your charitable donation is registered on your receipt.
• Call 859-255-6592 or click here for more information.
Habitat for Humanity
The ReStore is calling all social butterflies, amateur designers, tinkers, and weekend warriors! We have a variety of volunteer tasks, and we could use your help. Needed now are volunteers to help with stocking, pricing and customer service at our store at 451 Southland Dr. We need help the following shifts: Monday-Friday 1:30-5:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.; Saturdays 9:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m., 1:30-5:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. We also need volunteers to work as cashiers and warehouse assistants on Saturdays between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Go here to register and schedule to attend an in-store orientation. For more information, contact Catherine Trout email@example.com or 859-252-2224 ext. 108.
• For job sites, Habitat for Humanity is in need of: Hammers, tape measures, speed squares (framing squares), nail aprons, chalk lines, gift cards to Lowe’s or Home Depot (to purchase the above items).
• For Homeownership Education Classes: Granola bars, cheese and cracker packets or similar, fruit snacks, 1-1/2″ three-ring binders (any color, any brand) with clear front pocket, pens. Gift cards to Staples, Target, Office Depot, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, etc. (to purchase the above items)
• Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Lexington Habitat for Humanity Administrative Offices located at 700 E. Loudon Ave during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For questions, please contact Megan Meserve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-252-2224 x109.
Habitat still needs construction volunteers for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, contact Risa Richardson at email@example.com.
If not handy with a hammer, there are a number of other volunteer opportunities:
Multiple builds are underway this fall, and help is especially needed in November and December.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and registered and scheduled in advance here. For more information or to make reservations for a volunteer group, contact Risa Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-252-2224 ext. 108.
Online Bids 4 Builds Auction
Back for its fourth year, the Bids 4 Builds Online Auction will be Nov. 29 through Dec. 8 at bids4builds.com. We are currently taking donations of items from gift cards to tours to naming rights of a sandwich. If wishing to donate, contact Megan Meserve at email@example.com or 859-252-2224 ext. 109.
• In immediate need of blankets, new or gently used
• In need of backpacks
• In need of travel size bar soap, deodorant, shower shoes, flip flops, towels and disposable razors
• Collecting new socks (men and womens), toothbrushes and tooth paste, hats and gloves, blankets
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
To drop off donations, go to the Emergency Shelter at 360 W. Loudon Avenue in Lexington.
Kentucky Pink Connection
• In need of donations and volunteers for fundraising events
• Call 859-309-1700 with questions or for more information
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
• In need of household goods – pots/pans, dishes, flatware, sharp knives, cups, glasses, towels, bed linens (full and twin sets), cleaning supplies, mops, brooms, buckets, televisions with converter boxes and antennae, lamps.
• Furniture to furnish apartments – couches, chairs, side tables, coffee tables, dining tables and chairs, dressers, beds, shelves
• Financial contributions to assist with rent and utilities for refugees who are seeking employment in these challenging financial times.
• KRM needs these items year-round, as refugees are arriving in Lexington all the time during the year. Smaller items may be dropped off at the KRM office at 1206 N. Limestone, in Arlington Christian Church. Call the office to arrange pickup of larger items.
• Contact Dabney E. Parker at 859-226-5661 or email@example.com for more information.
Lexington Rescue Mission
• Monetary donations to feed and care for hungry men, women and children. Single bed sheets, pillows, bath towels, single blankets, toilet paper, hygiene items.
• Take donations to the Lexington Rescue Mission at 444 Glen Arvin Avenue
• Call 859-881-9600
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Desperate need of Men’s & Women’s tennis shoes.
• Food items include: canned or fresh tuna, salmon, chicken, lunch meat, milk, eggs, mayonnaise, condiments, dried beans, fruit and bread. Other needed items are winter coats, warms shirts and pants, socks and underwear, soap bars, shampoo, shaving items and deodorant.
• Drop off donations at 185 Elm Tree Lane
• Call 859-259-3434
email email@example.com for more information.
This Northern Kentucky nonprofit receives, manages and distributes donated food – including fresh produce, bakery goods and beverages – to more than 100 other organizations throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky regions. Each week they distribute over 150,000 pounds of fresh food and reach 10,000 people.
MASTER Provisions needs:
• a semi-tractor
• storage trailers
• refrigerated trailers
• a refrigerated box truck
• a box truck with lift gate
• walk-in refrigerator and freezer units
• a pallet scale
• cash donations for operating expenses
For more information, click here and contact Mark LeSuer, director of operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NoLi MusicWorks is a daily orchestral and ensemble music program fostering positive development of Lexington’s youth by providing equitable access to high quality music education. Inspired by the El Sistema program in Venezuela, the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras have begun the intensive study program for string instruments and musicianship for up to 30 second and third-graders from Arlington Elementary School. The program operates at no cost to the participants.
The program is seeking volunteers to teach and/or mentor the young musicians during the 2013-14 school year. The volunteers are needed between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or whenever possible. To inquire about volunteering or for more details about the program, contact Rachel Hockenberry at 540-336-3369 or hockenra@gmail.
Ronald McDonald House Charity of Lexington
• Collecting paper towels, toilet paper, gift cards to home improvement/discount department/office supply stores, AA or D batteries, cereal and antibacterial wipes.
• To discuss donations or for more information call executive director, Sarah Warner Lister at 859-266-8683 or email her at email@example.com.
The Community Inn
We provide shelter nightly to 75-115 men and women who call the streets of Lexington home.
• Donations for shelter. The cost per person is $2.50 per night. To donate, click here.
The Salvation Army
• Food items frequently needed include: canned meats, beef stews, pasta and spaghetti sauce, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables. Clothing for adults and children is always appreciated, but should be in good condition. Other needed items are diapers, personal care items, and household items for shelter residents who move into a home – toasters, microwaves and linens.
• Call 859-252-7706 or visit salvationarmy.org for more information.
We are in need of volunteers to read, tutor and mentor children and young entrepreneurs through our Trailblazers program. For more information, click here.
We also try to connect each volunteer with the activity and/or organization that they and their skills best fit. To get connected, click here.
To be added or deleted from our Nonprofit Wish List, or to update your organization’s needs, please email Lesley Cissell at firstname.lastname@example.org.