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UK College of Social Work receives $100,000 grant to bring together suicide survivors, researchers

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky A new project spearheaded by a team of researchers in the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky aims to empower those with lived experience of suicide. The project — which will inform suicide-related advocacy, education, research and treatment — is being funded by a nearly $100,000 grant through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement...

KDA secures USDA grant to purchase 56 freezers, refrigerators for Kentucky food pantries

Fifty-two local food pantries across Kentucky will soon have more space to store food items, thanks to a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant secured by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “Thanks to the hard work of our Division of Food Distribution and Kevin Peach applying for the grant, we were able to fund the purchase of 56 appliances to keep food fresh during the pandemic,” Commissioner...

Kentucky Colonels to award $2.1 million in grants; $1.3 million helping those impacted by COVID-19

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) will award grants totaling $2.1 million in 2020, of which $1.3 million will be awarded this month to organizations directly helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. HOKC also has an additional $600,000 for emergency grants to be awarded during the remainder of the year. According to HOKC Executive Director Col. Sherry Crose, organizations that...

Evan Williams launches new American-Made Hero Foundation in support of veterans and their families

Evan Williams, one of the largest American-made and owned bourbon brands in the country, has established the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville to provide funding for nonprofits supporting veterans and their families. “We are honored to launch the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund with the support of the Community Foundation of Louisville and continue...

Kentucky Humanities awards $500K to 85 organizations through CARES Act grants

Kentucky Humanities has awarded $500,000 to 85 cultural organizations throughout the state through funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress. Kentucky Humanities CARES Act Grants provide unrestricted operating and/or humanities program support to humanities organizations throughout the Commonwealth...

Fayette County school readiness initiative First 5 Lex receives $50,000 grant to continue programing

The Fayette County Community Early Childhood Council has received a $50,000 state grant to continue the FCPS initiative First 5 Lex — Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten. The funding comes from Kentucky’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. “We are extremely excited and grateful to continue bringing together our wonderful...

Kentuckians donate $652,352 to charities participating in statewide online giving campaign

Kentuckians donated $652,352 to 223 nonprofit organizations participating in the eighth annual Kentucky Gives Day online giving campaign. The event has raised $2.7 million by participating nonprofits over the eight years. This year brought together 4158 donors who made 5259 gifts – all through a single website, www.kygives.org. “The pandemic facing our communities has also put an incredible strain...

Feeding Kentucky purchases 10,080 pounds of Purnell’s ‘Old Folks’ sausage to aid hunger initiative

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced Feeding Kentucky has purchased 10,080 pounds of Kentucky Proud pork sausage from the iconic Purnell’s “Old Folks” headquartered in Simpsonville. The purchase is funded by a historic donation from Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company to Feeding Kentucky as part of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative last month. “When we started the...

Need is greater than ever for 244 Kentucky nonprofits participating in Kentucky Gives Day

Nonprofit organizations from throughout the commonwealth are participating in the eighth annual Kentucky Gives Day today. The 24-hour online giving campaign will provide the 244 participating charities the opportunity to raise as much money as possible from midnight (EDT) through 11:59 p.m. – all through a single website: www.kygives.org. “COVID-19 has changed so much, but it can’t change Kentucky’s...

Gallatin County family makes planned gift commitment to benefit students at Morehead State

Wayne and Brenda Judy have been long-time supporters of Morehead State University. Their commitment to student success continues today as the family plans to leave a sizeable planned gift to the university to establish the Judy-Craig Family Endowment, a fund to benefit MSU students. “We decided long ago that Morehead is a very significant part of who we are,” Wayne said. “I never had anyone...

UK alumni launch nonprofit FTFL to feed front-line workers, support local restaurants

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Five University of Kentucky alumni are putting their degrees to work by showing support for front-line workers and local restaurants. With backgrounds in business and medicine, Michael Zhu, Jodi Llanora, Kyle Luo, Logan Jones and John Stein refused to feel helpless in the fight against COVID-19. “The original idea for Feed the Front Line originated in Houston...

KDA Hunger Initiative results in donation of 560,000 eggs from Cal-Maine Foods to Feeding Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced the donation of more than 560,000 eggs from Cal-Maine Foods to Feeding Kentucky as part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative. “Kentucky agriculture continues to step up to the plate to fight hunger during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Quarles. “Thanks to Cal-Maine Foods, more vulnerable Kentuckians have access...

Keeneland, partners expand COVID-19 support with introduction of Nourish the Backstretch

Nourish the Backstretch, a partnership between Keeneland, Nourish Lexington and Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) will provide weekly meals and groceries to stable-area workers at Keeneland and The Thoroughbred Center (TTC). More than 500 people are employed by trainers to care for horses at the two locations. Proceeds from wagers placed through Keeneland Select, Keeneland’s online ADW, during May...

Jubilee Jobs awarded $10,000 donation through Liberty Mutual, Safeco Insurance emergency grants

Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance have announced a $10,000 donation to Jubilee Jobs — nominated by Christian Moore of REAL Insurance Agency — as part of an Emergency Community Support Grant to help independent insurance agents give back to their local community during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation will go directly to Jubilee Jobs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding entry-level...

In midst of pandemic, need greater than ever as Kentucky’s annual 24 hours of giving returns May 12

Nonprofit organizations from throughout the commonwealth will participate in the eighth annual Kentucky Gives Day on May 12. The 24-hour online giving campaign will provide the 238 participating charities the opportunity to raise as much money as possible from midnight (EDT) through 11:59 p.m. – all through a single website at www.kygives.org. “COVID-19 has changed so much, but it can’t change...

Legends join Minor League Baseball’s CommUNITY First campaign to raise funds for Feeding America

The Lexington Legends announced today they are joining MiLB CommUNITY First, a new national initiative developed by Minor League Baseball (MiLB) in conjunction with Feeding America, to raise funds for local food banks and to honor individuals risking their lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Legends fans are encouraged to visit MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst through May 31 to donate. Once...

New Vocations rehomes 60 retired thoroughbreds and standardbreds during month of April

Though April 2020 was a month of social distancing and working from home, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program withstood the trend of solitude and sent 60 retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses into new and loving homes. This is the largest number of April adoptions the program has ever accomplished since its inception in 1992. The program also received 225 applications from potential...

Community Action agencies accept applications for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, Community Action agencies across Kentucky are now taking applications for an added spring open enrollment period for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications will be accepted through June 30, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. “The COVID-19 pandemic has put many families under unprecedented stress....

Louisville baseball bat company taking swing at making PPE masks to battle COVID-19

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Louisville company known for making sporting goods equipment hopes to “go yard” against the coronavirus. The global need for personal protective equipment created by COVID-19 has inspired Hillerich & Bradsby Co. to enter the non-medical face mask market. The historic company has introduced Maskonic antibacterial masks, which are reusable, water repellent, and...

TCA to host online auction of halters worn by Triple Crown, Kentucky Derby winners; event begins Friday

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will host an online auction of halters worn by Triple Crown and Kentucky Derby winners during the upcoming virtual “Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown.” The halter auction is set to open this Friday (May 1) at 9 a.m. and will conclude on Saturday (May 2) at 9 p.m. EST. All proceeds will benefit TCA. “As the 13 Triple Crown winners face off in the virtual...