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Council on Postsecondary Education gets $2.1m Brown Foundation grant to close outcome gaps

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education announced Tuesday it has received a $2.1 million grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to create a new statewide initiative to improve equity and close outcome gaps on college campuses. 
The effort, called the Kentucky Student Success Collaborative, will serve as the first statewide center in the country that works...

Nonprofits encouraged to participate in statewide day of giving during Kentucky Gives Day May 11

Kentucky Gives Day, the statewide 24-hour online giving event, returns for a ninth year on May 11. Nonprofit organizations interested in a tool to raise needed funds for their mission and boost their online fundraising efforts are encouraged to participate. The 24-hour event begins at midnight on May 11 and continues until 11:59 p.m. eastern. Kentuckians near and far will go online to www.kygives.org,...

Bluegrass Care Navigators receives grant to provide integrative therapies to disabled Kentucky veterans

Bluegrass Care Navigators will provide integrative medicine therapies to disabled veterans in Kentucky through a grant of $15,000 dollars from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF). Using music, art and massage therapies, Bluegrass Care Navigators will help veterans alleviate stress, reduce pain and process emotions. The organization has plans to participate in a virtual reality program...

United Way of Ky. announces 2021 board of directors; Kate McKune to succeed Dr. Angie Taylor as chair

United Way of Kentucky (UWKY) is pleased to announce the appointment of the 2021 Chair of the Board of Directors, Kate McKune. Kate has served on the UWKY board since 2016 and currently serves as General Counsel at Park Community Credit Union. Kate comes into the leadership role following Dr. Angie Taylor, President, Taylor Career Strategies. Dr. Taylor had served as Chair since January 2020. UWKY...

Young WKU alumni couple establish endowed scholarship, but they are just getting started

For GeMonee and Alex Brown, Western Kentucky University not only prepared them for their future careers, but also brought the couple together. And they want to help others find the same opportunities they had as students. To do this, the couple, who are both 27, has made a gift of $10,000 to establish the Alexandra and GeMonee Brown Scholarship, which will benefit a full-time student who is a rising...

Liberty Hall Historic Site teams with Bulleit Distilling for virtual 2021 Bourbon & Browns fundraiser

Liberty Hall Historic Site has teamed up with Bulleit Distilling Co. for its annual Bourbon & Browns fundraiser set for Saturday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Now in its ninth year, Bourbon & Browns has grossed almost $340,000 to support ongoing education and preservation at Liberty Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Liberty Hall Historic Site (Photo from Kentucky Tourism) The event, held virtually...

COVID-19 Memorial Fund now open for donations; Governor to announce plans for permanent memorial

To help honor the now 5,000 Kentuckians lost to COVID-19 and the sacrifices of Kentuckians during the pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday launched the Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund, which will help make a permanent memorial on Capitol grounds a reality. The Governor first announced plans for the memorial during a ceremony in Frankfort March 6 that honored the Kentuckians lost to COVID-19 since...

Alzheimer’s Association provides services for caregivers virtually — check the schedule

The Alzheimer’s Association continues to provide services for caregivers caring for persons with dementia. To comply with the governor’s regulations, rather than meeting in person, caregiver support groups have transitioned to meeting by phone or virtually. Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive community and a chance for participants to develop mutual support and social relationships....

MSU Community Innovation Summit Series to offer resources to help strengthen nonprofits

Murray State University has announced a virtual nonprofit series aimed at offering resources to help strengthen nonprofits across the Western Kentucky region. The first session of the Community Innovation Summit Series will provide two session, scheduled for March 29 from 2-5 p.m. and March 30 from 9 a.m. until Noon. Dr. Sarah Nathan will present “Effective Fundraising During a Pandemic” on...

University of Kentucky students and staff rally around those affected by Eastern Kentucky flooding

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky “It takes a village” is a common saying, but in the case of a natural disaster, it can take an entire state. University of Kentucky students and staff stepped up when they recognized the need to help their fellow Kentuckians who are victims of the recent Eastern Kentucky floods. A group of 19 UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students from the...

WKU Regents vote to rename Kentucky Building for former Bowling Green mayor following $1.5m gift

For Charles Hardcastle and his wife, Carolyn, caring for his community is second nature. A former Mayor of Bowling Green and current President of Consolidated Paper Group, Charles Hardcastle has been a prominent member of the community for many years. Now, his dedication to the region will be permanently memorialized, as the Kentucky Building will be renamed the Charles Hardcastle Kentucky Building...

Telethon to help raise money for Appalachian counties affected by devastating floods

Rainfall exceeding six inches on March 1 led to states of emergency in 13 of Kentucky’s Appalachian counties. (Photo from Appalachia Rises) With Kentucky’s Appalachian counties in distress following historic floods, Blue Grass Community Foundation has joined eight other organizations to form a large-scale fundraising effort anchored by a telethon beginning at 7 p.m. Monday to be broadcast by...

Fifty-one CASA of Lexington volunteers earn President’s Volunteer Award for 2020 work

Fifty-one CASA of Lexington volunteers have been awarded the federal President’s Volunteer Service Award for giving of their time to a worthy cause. The PVSA award program recognizes the nation’s most outstanding volunteers for contributing large amounts of time to the organizations they support. Each of the CASA of Lexington volunteers who earned a Silver or Gold level President’s Volunteer...

Dare to Care Food Bank, Anthem Foundation extend Dollars for Doers Challenge matches for volunteers

Dare to Care Food Bank and the Anthem Foundation have extended the successful Dollars for Doers Challenge until March 31 to provide even more support to Dare to Care’s efforts feeding the rising number of food-insecure people in Kentuckiana. The Anthem Foundation’s Dollars For Doers Challenge matches every hour volunteered at Dare To Care with a $10 donation. The Challenge launched in November...

Kentucky United Methodist Children’s homes celebrating 150 years and thousands served

For 150 years, the Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes (KyUMH) has been a home for thousands of Kentucky children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma. The ministry started as a single building in downtown Louisville housing a few dozen children. Today, it serves 800-1,000 youth and families annually via campuses in Lexington, Nicholasville and Owensboro. KyUMH celebrates the anniversary...

UK Cooperative Extension collecting supplies, opening doors for Ky. counties impacted flooding

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is collecting items and providing relief efforts for Kentuckians impacted by recent floods. The Wolfe County Extension office is serving as the collection site for Eastern Kentucky counties impacted by flooding. On campus, extension will collect supplies at the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s...

Red Cross encouraging Kentuckians join in to help those in need during Red Cross Month in March

One year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, people have stepped up to address the emotional needs of families reeling from the coronavirus and 2020’s record-breaking disasters. Throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and across the country, trained American Red Cross disaster mental health and spiritual care volunteers have had more than 53,000 conversations to provide...

Sponsor a child through CASA of Lexington and make Ky. Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond run a mile

There is still time to sponsor an abused or neglected child through Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lexington and make Ryan Lemond run a mile. Lemond, of Kentucky Sports Radio fame, agreed to run – not walk – one mile for every child who is sponsored through March 1 as part of CASA of Lexington’s virtual Bourbon and the Bayou event. Melynda Jamison and Ryan Lemond (Photo from CASA of Lexington) Lemond...

KET’s Social Studies Shorts and virtual Capitol tours offer new civic resources for students

In a typical year, hundreds of Kentucky students make the trek to Frankfort to visit the Kentucky State Capitol and learn about the state government. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Capitol has been closed to in-person tours since March 2020. Now, however, students can take a virtual tour of the Capitol — and learn about social studies and civics topics — thanks to a pair of new video resources...

Central Ky. American Heart Association announces new research, education fund honoring Carol Barr

The Central Kentucky American Heart Association, in conjunction with the friends and family of Carol Barr, has created the Carol Barr Fund. The Fund will support research as well as STEM programming for young women in Kentucky. The Fund was created by the Carol Barr Advisory Team, a group of Carol’s friends and family who created the Fund to help honor Carol’s legacy of leadership with the American...