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Quarles announces grant funding opportunities now open at the Kentucky Department of Agricultures

Several grant funding opportunities are open at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture offers a number of grant funding opportunities to support farmers, restaurants, and research institutions every year,” Commissioner Quarles said. “These grant programs are more important than ever before...

CASA of the River Region earns national designation as Service Enterprise from Points of Light

CASA of the River Region is now a Service Enterprise, a certification by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. This prestigious accomplishment has been awarded to only 11 percent of nonprofits in the nation. CASA of the River Region is among the very first organizations in the Commonwealth to earn this designation and was part of the inaugural class. “This...

Prichard Committee awarded $500,000 early childhood grant from Public Life Foundation

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has received a $500,000 multi-year grant from the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro to fund high-level early childhood policy and practice work throughout the coming years. “Support from the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro will provide a base for continued focus on the importance of early childhood policy and practice, with the goal of expanded...

UK announces three nonprofits as inaugural Cornerstone community innovation partners

By Amanda Royer University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce an innovative campus-community partnership at The Cornerstone, UK’s newest facility designed to foster community, creativity, technology, entrepreneurship and equitable economic development. A collaboration of three Lexington-area nonprofits, led by Believing in Forever, has been selected as the inaugural Cornerstone...

Girl Scouts in Lexington, Northern Kentucky use ingenuity for safe, social-distant cookie sales

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season earlier this year with safety in mind and using new digital tools: Girl Scout Digital Cookie and Smart Cookies Mobile App platform. Now, Kentucky Girl Scouts announces its participation in a national collaboration with food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub, for facilitation of contact-free cookie...

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road receives nearly $50,000 to support STEM programs

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) received nearly $50,000 in grant funding from Toyota, Lexmark, LGE-KU, Berea College Appalachian Fund, and United Way of the Bluegrass to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs to 250 kindergarten through 12th grade girls in the state of Kentucky. GSKWR offers experiential STEM opportunities through badge workshops, events...

Kentucky Nonprofit Network elects Marian Guinn, Dr. OJ Oleka as newest members for board of directors

Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the state association of nonprofit organizations, has elected two new members to its board of directors: Marian Guinn, President of MG Coaching & Consulting; and Dr. OJ Oleka, President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). Marian Guinn Guinn, a resident of Lexington, is a leadership coach, trainer and strategy consultant....

Estate of Joyce and Paul Robsham donates $500,000 to New Vocations program endowment fund

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has announced that the estate of Joyce and Paul Robsham made a $500,000 contribution to the program’s endowment fund. The Robshams were two of New Vocations’ founding supporters and instrumental in creating the endowment fund in 2005. Left is Bill Terrill, Joyce and Paul Robsham and Mike Smith in the trophy presentation for winning the 1995 Alabama Stakes...

Schools, community-based nonprofits have until Jan. 11 to apply for free AT&T mobile broadband service

The deadline for nonprofits and schools to apply for the AT&T K-12 homework gap program is Jan. 11. K-12 school districts, charter schools, and community-based nonprofits that serve at-risk K-12 students are invited to apply online to be considered for an award. Connected Nation (CN), a national nonprofit working to expand access, adoption, and use of high-speed internet and its related technologies,...

Vivian Lasley-Bibbs elected chair of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Board of Directors

Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, director of the Kentucky Department for Public Health Office of Health Equity (OHE), has been elected 2021 chair of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Board of Directors. Vivian Lasley-Bibbs Lasley-Bibbs has more than 25 years of public health experience. At OHE, she works to increase awareness of health disparities, enhance patient-provider communication, improve cultural...

Online Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction open for bidding; live auction Jan. 12

Thoroughbred Charities of America’s 31st Stallion Season Auction Wednesday began Wednesday as online and phone bidding opened. The auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the organization. Over 200 stallion seasons from 14 states are available during the three-day concludes Friday. Available seasons include Gun Runner, Ghostzapper, Palace Malice, Liam’s Map, More Than Ready, Speightstown,...

Dare to Care Food Bank’s Brian Riendeau to retire June 30 after 12 years of leading exponential growth

Dare to Care Food Bank announced Tuesday that Executive Director Brian Riendeau will step down from his role on June 30 after 12 years of service. Riendeau joined Dare to Care as Executive Director in May 2009. Under his leadership, Dare to Care increased its food distribution by 150 percent, providing food for 23 million meals last year and reaching more struggling families and children than at any...

BenchMark, Drayer clinics in Central, Northern Kentucky collect 600 toys for Jarrett’s Joy Cart

Sister companies BenchMark Physical Therapy and Drayer Physical Therapy Institute collected more than 600 children’s toys in December at their outpatient clinics in Central and Northern Kentucky. The toys will benefit Jarrett’s Joy Cart, a charity started by Nicholasville native Jarrett Mynear, and, ultimately, children being treated at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Sister companies BenchMark...

Cincinnati Museum Center extends blockbuster ‘Maya: The Exhibition’ until April 4

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is extending Maya: The Exhibition’s first stop in the United States. The blockbuster exhibition featuring over 300 original objects immerses guests in a sophisticated civilization buried in the heart of the rainforest. Maya: The Exhibition has been extended through April 4. The exhibition showcases over 300 original artifacts on loan from the nation of Guatemala, each...

Webinar on ‘Stopping Vaping and Substance Use’ free on Jan. 11; how to prevent youth risky behavior

Substance use among youth is a persistent problem in Kentucky according to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Self-reported vaping during the high school years – when the overwhelming majority of adult tobacco users got started – is at a rate of one in four in Kentucky, and that rate was rising dramatically through 2019. High school alcohol use, while declining for more than two decades,...

Dan Cummins Cares program makes donation to help CASA abused children with every vehicle purchase

Every person who buys a car from a Dan Cummins dealership in 2021 will also be helping abused and neglected children in Central Kentucky. Through the 2021 Dan Cummins Cares program, a portion from each vehicle purchase at the Cummins’ families three Central Kentucky dealerships will be donated to CASA of Lexington. The nonprofit trains and supports hundreds of community volunteers who serve as advocates,...

Girl Scouts launch 2021 cookie season with new cookie and innovative digital tools to sell virtually

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) had to quickly navigate unexpected changes during the 2020 cookie season due to COVID-19. For 2021, Girl Scout Cookies are back and Kentucky Girl Scouts are more prepared than ever to sell safely with new innovative virtual tools that will optimize socially distant and contactless sales. Kentucky Girl Scouts are also adding a brand new cookie, the...

Girls Scouts Sisterhood Giving Challenge campaign gives gift of membership to 250 Kentucky girls

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) launched a Sisterhood Giving Challenge on Giving Tuesday with a phenomenal outcome – providing the opportunity for 250 Kentucky girls, who could otherwise not afford to be involved in Girl Scouts, to be part of the Girl Scout Sisterhood. Traditional Bank’s Erin Soard, left, presents a check for $1000 to Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness...

OPEN LETTER TO OUR READERS: We need your support as NewsMatch deadline (Dec. 31) looms

To our readers: KyForward needs your support as the December 31 deadline looms for the annual match from the coalition of national donors who provide NewsMatch funds. Given the terrific COVID-driven needs in our state, we have not been as aggressive in promoting our NewsMatch campaign this year. We have hungry people to feed, the homeless to house, a pandemic to address, restaurant workers to worry...

Former UofL star Donovan Mitchell gives back to alma mater with exclusive adidas ‘Shoe for Change’

By John Karman III University of Louisville Former University of Louisville basketball star Donovan Mitchell has teamed up with adidas and his alma mater to support current and future Black students at the school. Through his passion for education, all proceeds from the sales of the exclusive D.O.N. Issue #2 x Louisville sneaker, up to $200,000, will go toward funding several academic initiatives and...