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Prichard Committee seeks nominations of a parent for Beverly Nickell Raimondo Award

The Prichard Committee’s Beverly Nickell Raimondo Award is designed to annually recognize the outstanding work of an individual whose work reflects the goals and ideals of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. Beverly Nickell Raimondo The award is named in honor and memory of Beverly Nickell Raimondo, who was instrumental in the development of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent...

Local black farmers, food justice groups partner to bring fresh produce to Louisville’s West End

The Louisville Community Grocery is acutely aware of the need for greater access to fresh food in the West End and downtown neighborhoods of Louisville. In just the past four years, these areas have witnessed the closing of five grocery stores. The group is working to reach more than 2000 owners to open a cooperative full-service grocery store in these neighborhoods, one that is accountable to the...

Digital Works marks milestone — 1,000 jobs — in telework training and job placement program

The digital training and career mentoring program Digital Works recently marked a major milestone — 1,000 job placements. The 1000th job placement was filled by an Army veteran. Connected Nation, the national nonprofit that founded Digital Works, is hosting a virtual celebration on Aug. 6 to celebrate the milestone, those who made it possible, and the graduates of the program. Connected Nation will...

Allegro Dance Project to present family-friendly outdoor ’20/20 Vision’ at Moondance Amphitheatre

Allegro Dance Project will present an hour-long family-friendly outdoor performance, 20/20 Vision, at the open-aired Moondance Amphitheatre featuring contemporary dance, live original music and circus arts. This event will also include a silent auction to help raise support for Allegro Dance Project’s Inclusive Dance Outreach Program, providing free dance outreach for hundreds of children with...

It’s LEXARTS Day of Giving for the Arts — coming Wednesday — and they’re passing the virtual hat

On behalf of artists and arts organizations across Central Kentucky, LEXARTS is passing the virtual hat in a Day of Giving for the Arts on Wednesday, July 29. Every single gift matters to ensure the arts will greet you on the other side of the pandemic. No gift is too small and all are appreciated. Click here to give. Keep the flame of creativity burning by making a donation — and if you give...

State to work with national nonprofit to help young people who reach adulthood in foster care

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The state is launching a new program this month to help young people who reach adulthood in foster care, one of the groups the most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 
The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has announced that Youth Villages, a national nonprofit organization, is offering the LifeSet...

Survey of Kentucky parents highlights families’ concern regarding child care amid COVID-19 pandemic

According to a recent survey of Kentucky parents and families, nearly 30% of respondents are struggling to find child care following the end of mandated closures in June due to the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, more than half of the 1,570 survey respondents reported being moderately to extremely stressed about sending their child back to child care. The Prichard Committee, along with other national...

KSP to hold ‘Cover the Cruiser’ during last week of July to support Special Olympics Kentucky

During the last week of July, Kentucky State Police (KSP) invites the public to ‘Cover the Cruiser’ in support of Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY). KSP posts across the state will have cruisers parked at designated locations (i.e. gas stations, grocery stores, etc.) and will encourage the public to cover their cruisers with custom SOKY stickers. For a minimum donation of $1, which will go directly...

WKU Office of Sustainability receives $30,000 grant from Jessie Ball duPont Fund to fight food insecurity

The Western Kentucky University Office of Sustainability received a grant of $30,000 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to support the community food pantry and garden to assist members of the WKU community facing food insecurity. The Office of Sustainability has hosted a food pantry since 2011, providing food and toiletries to WKU students, faculty and staff. In response to increasing food insecurities...

Galt House Hotel commits $3.5 million gift to University of Louisville Cardinal Athletic Fund

The Galt House Hotel, the iconic and legendary hotel located on the riverfront in downtown Louisville, has committed $3.5 million to the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Athletic Fund. The funds will be targeted for an expansion and renovation of the Planet Fitness Kueber Center, which houses training facilities and offices on the UofL campus for the Cardinals’ men’s basketball, women’s...

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s Outdoor Fund donates $5,000 to Frederick Douglas fishing organization

The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund recently awarded a $5,000 grant to support the Frederick Douglass Bass Fishing organization, a local nonprofit that provides informational opportunities regarding boating, safety and fishing to area communities. The money will support the Fayette County Special Needs Fishing Expo where children with special needs will be presented opportunities to participate...

Henry Luce Foundation awards Kentucky Museum $155,000 grant for Folk Art collection project

The Kentucky Museum will continue to catalog and digitize their Folk Art collection with support from a $155,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant will provide funding for a Curator of Folk Art, a Folk Studies graduate assistantship, and consultation with quilt scholar and folklorist Laurel McKay Horton, who will collaboratively catalog and digitize the Folk Art collection into the Museum’s...

Central Kentucky motorcycle enthusiasts invited to join charity ride benefiting Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Members of the Central Kentucky Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (Photo from Alzheimer’s Association) For Marsha Litton of Lexington, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is about fighting to help millions of others who are facing, or will face, the same kind of “torture”, as she describes it, that her family endured while caring for her father. “Five years ago, my dad...

KEEP, RFE approve scholarships for 18 students attending 10 universities or colleges in Kentucky

The Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation (KEEP) and The Race For Education (RFE) have announced their 2020 scholarship recipients. The KEEP Foundation board of directors approved more than $21,000 in scholarships to 18 students, attending 10 universities across the Commonwealth. All of the 2020 scholarship recipients are students currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in...

Georgetown College surpasses fundraising goal with $1.8 million for 2020 Annual Fund fiscal year

Thanks to the alumni and friends who support Georgetown College, the fundraising goal for the Annual Fund of $1,750,000 for FY20 has been met and surpassed. Georgetown finished the fiscal year on June 30 having raised a total of $1,827,122.61 towards the Annual Fund for the fiscal year. “Each year Georgetown College finds itself indebted to our generous alumni and friends who make our championship-level...

Keeneland takes lead in Blue Grass Farms Charities ‘Gallop and Graze’ matching gift campaign

Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) will launch its inaugural matching gift campaign in July, “Gallop and Graze,” to further the mission of the charity. Founded in 2003, Blue Grass Farm Charities’ purpose is to provide health and human services to those working in the Thoroughbred racing community. With a commitment to this mission, BGFC has announced Gallop and Graze, a matching campaign to provide...

Community Action Agencies across Kentucky accepting LIHEAP summer cooling applications

Community Action Agencies across the state are now accepting applications for the new Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Cooling Program. Designed to help offset the cost of higher electric bills due to rising temperatures, the program is the network’s latest resource to help families during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31 or...

University of Louisville Kent School partners with nonprofit Wellspring to aid city’s homeless

By Judy Hughes University of Louisville University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work is partnering with the nonprofit organization Wellspring on a new, five-year federal grant to offer a unified care approach to help homeless people experiencing both mental health and substance use issues to find housing and recovery. “About 50 percent of adults with severe mental illness have a co-occurring...

University of Kentucky faculty and staff refurbish and provide medical equipment in Eastern Kentucky

By Lauren Thompson University of Kentucky Roughly one in seven Americans live with a disability that impacts daily mobility. The average cost of a wheelchair ranges from $500 to $2,000 without insurance, seriously curbing access to this essential equipment for patients who lack proper coverage. The University of Kentucky’s Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) in Hazard is working to bridge...

Keeneland, Maker’s Mark partner to help disabled jockeys fund with commemorative bottle

Keeneland and Maker’s Mark have a rich history of working hand-in-hand to benefit the community and the horse industry. This year is no exception as the two iconic Kentucky brands have announced the 2020 Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle, with all proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), an independent charitable organization that provides financial assistance to jockeys...