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Liberty Elementary’s leaders-in-training volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, spread seasonal joy

With winter break on the horizon, Liberty Elementary spread a little seasonal joy at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, where the Student Leadership Team baked and bagged 10 dozen cookies for families whose children are patients in local hospitals. “It helps instill that they need to give back to the community and not just focus on themselves,” said Cydney Jackson, a district mental health specialist...

Murray State OMI to host Give Back Initiative on Jan. 20 as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Murray State University’s Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence (OMI) will host the Give Back Initiative on Jan. 20. The Give Back Initiative is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service component of the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast celebration and is directed by OMI Executive Director Dr. SG Carthell. Murray State’s Office of Multicultural...

USA Cares launches #giveforvets challenge campaign to fight against veteran suicides

This Giving Tuesday, USA Cares is launching the #give4vets Million Dollar Challenge to fight veteran suicide. According to multiple sources, 22 veterans and service members are lost to suicide each day. Relative to that statistic, in the days between now and Christmas Eve, we will lose 462 veterans and service members to suicide. USA Cares believes any number is too high and is taking a stand by setting...

Pew Trusts: Rural areas hope to get more from national service programs like Americorps

April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts The Hindman Settlement School was founded in 1902 to educate children living in the Central Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The school now focuses on helping children with dyslexia, and its leaders propose deploying 40 mentors from AmeriCorps, the national service program, to nearby elementary schools to give students the one-on-one attention they need. Brent...

Blood donors can further help those in need by giving value of donor gift to Salvation Army

Blood donors can extend their giving this holiday season by donating blood and then opting to give the value of their donor thank-you item to The Salvation Army. Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) donors generously save lives throughout the year, and now through Dec. 31 they can also help the less fortunate in their communities. “It’s easy to help this holiday season,” said Martha Osborne, the blood...

LexArts elects seven new members to the board of the 47-year-old arts council and United Arts Fund

LexArts announces the election of seven new members to its Board of Directors: Lauren Case, Fayette County Public Schools; Colin Doherty, Hook Interactive; Ken Gish, K&L Gates; Emmy Hartley, Team Cornett; Jill Hall Rose, Rose Law Office and Don Hall GM Supercenter; Chad Rudzik, Fifth Third Bank; Camden Skidmore, Republic Bank; Robin Thomerson, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; and Yajaira Aich West,...

Carpenter Foundation awards grant to Kentucky Museum to restore historic Felts House at WKU

The Kentucky Museum has received a $36,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to support restoration of the historic Felts House, located on Western Kentucky University’s main campus. Constructed in 1810 in Logan County, the Felts House was the home of Archibald Felts, a Revolutionary War veteran who was among the first generation of permanent settlers in Kentucky. The two-story,...

Third annual CANstruction charity edible art exhibition set for Nov. 19 at Lexington Center

CANstruction, a charity art exhibition featuring structures made entirely out of full cans of food, will celebrate it’s third year in Lexington Nov. 19. The unique edible competition, sponsored by The American Institute of Architects East Kentucky Chapter (AIA EKC), will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lexington Center downtown and features five teams from Lexington’s top architectural...

Nearly 350 volunteers join Thanksgiving Basket Brigade at God’s Pantry Food Bank

God’s Pantry Food Bank packed 4,500 Thanksgiving baskets at its Annual Basket Brigade Event on Saturday as nearly 350 volunteers joined together to make it happen. The basket assembly for the Sharing Thanksgiving program is one of God’s Pantry Food Bank’s most popular and fun events of the year. Basket Brigade 2019 Basket Brigade first shift was fast as lightning, packing 1,200 Sharing Thanksgiving...

JoJo Siwa coming to Lexington in April; buy tickets early — $1 goes to Dancers Against Cancer

Nickelodeon star, YouTube sensation and 2019’s hottest breakthrough pop artist JoJo Siwa is adding 50 new dates across North America to her wildly popular concert: Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. Siwa to be in Lexington April 26 (Photo provided) The Tour, bringing the total number of shows to 148, including a performance in Lexington at Rupp Arena on April 26, 2020. Siwa kicks off her new 2020...

Lexington Parking Authority 2019 ‘Food for Fines’ canned food drive program to run Nov. 25 – Dec. 20

The Lexington Parking Authority announced thursday its LexPark program will once again run the “Food for Fines” canned food drive in partnership with God’s Pantry Food Bank. This year the nationally recognized Food for Fines program runs from Monday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Dec. 20. Customers who bring in 10 cans of food will receive $15 off any LexPark or Lexington Police issued parking citation....

Donate Life America leads National Donor Sabbath, a three-day observance of hope and community

Donate Life America leads the country each November in observing National Donor Sabbath, a three-day observance that provides faith leaders an opportunity to bring the Donate Life message and cause of organ, eye and tissue donation to their congregations and communities. National Donor Sabbath seeks to include the days of worship (Friday-Sunday) for faith communities of major religions practiced in...

Louisville-based nonprofit Elderserve names Patty Belden to succeed retiring CEO Julie Guenther

ElderServe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving senior citizens in the Louisville area, has announced that its board of directors has selected Patty Belden as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer. On November 16, Belden, who currently serves as the organization’s Chief Development Officer, will succeed current CEO, Julie Guenthner. Following a thorough review and comprehensive...

Lexington gift program, ‘Be a Santa to a Senior,’ brightens local seniors’ holiday season

The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles with those around you. As you gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, it’s important to remember there are seniors in your community who would love to celebrate, too. However, many seniors live alone, without someone to share this special time. Home Instead Senior Care is once again offering the...

Veterans volunteer to help hospice patients, families as part of Bluegrass Care Navigators program

Veterans John Mott and Dave Clark provide a direct service to many hospice patients and families, including fellow veterans, as volunteers for Bluegrass Care Navigators. The organization serves nearly 1,000 veterans in hospice care each year. Mott, a Vietnam veteran in the Marine Corps, said, “I started volunteering [at Bluegrass Care Navigators] last year — I had been volunteering with a local...

Sunrise Children’s Services celebrating 150th anniversary, reaches 500 adoptions since 2006

Macedonia Baptist Church in Kuttawa has been a model for Sunrise Children’s Services’ foster care and adoption programs with 11 adoptions. (Submitted photo) By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In a milestone year, Sunrise Children’s Services has even more to celebrate. The Christian organization that is celebrating its 150th year of working with Kentucky’s most vulnerable children, announced...

BCTC holds ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate opening of food pantry, career closet for students

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Heart of BCTC, a food pantry and career closet for students. The Heart of BCTC was born from the dream of a BCTC graduate and the hard work of staff and faculty who believe in Helping Everyone Attain Resources Together (HEART). Many college students across the nation, and in Central Kentucky,...

Taylor County increases goal to 7000 shoebox donations for 2019 Operation Christmas Child

By Ariel Emberton Campbellsville University Operation Christmas Child is underway and donations are needed. The Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection week is Nov. 18 through Nov. 25. “For the eighth consecutive year, Campbellsville University will again serve as the Taylor County drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind,” Sherry Bowen,...

Inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit looks to find solutions to senior food insecurity

The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) held its inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit on last week in Frankfort. The event connected community partners in finding real solutions to issues surrounding senior food insecurity. “There is no reason anyone in our state should go hungry. Whether it’s a child or an older adult or anywhere between. We have...

Carter Caves State Resort Park raises $8,000 for school backpack program to help feed hungry children

Carter Caves State Resort Park has raised $8,000 to support a backpack program in Carter County schools that helps feed hungry children. The park accepted cash and food donations during its recent Halloween Haunted Trail. Besides the money, about 700 food items were donated. Carter Caves Park Manager Chris Perry (left) stands with Vicki and Doug Boster, who donated food to the park’s food drive.The...