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Georgetown College football player using his feet to raise money, combat racial discrimination and hunger

Time and a passion can be a beautiful combination. Georgetown College football player Branden Leff is discovering this. The junior wingback has tallied most of his yards for the Tigers on out routes for five catches and 60 yards. In July he wants to go the distance – hopefully 13.1 miles or more. Leff started a GoFundMe – Run for a Change – and will run a mile for every 80 dollars donated to...

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road donates $28,000 worth of cookies to God’s Pantry Food Bank

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road will donate more than $28,000 worth of cookies to God’s Pantry Food Bank, as part of the Council’s ‘Operation Sweet Treat’ program, whereby Girl Scout customers purchase cookies and then donate them to important causes locally. God’s Pantry Food Bank is Kentucky’s largest food bank, and offers critical assistance to those struggling with food...

Community Foundation of Louisville selects Ron Gallo as President and CEO; succeeds Susan Barry

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced Ron Gallo as President and CEO, effective July 20. Gallo is a visionary in nonprofit leadership with more than 30 years of experience in private, corporate, family and community foundations. He succeeds Susan Barry, who stepped down in September after 10 years as President and CEO. Gallo was selected after a nationwide search that began in October,...

Kentucky nonprofit, private sector groups launch reentry hub for those returning from incarceration

A group of more than 30 supporting organizations has launched a Kentucky Reentry Resource Guide for those returning to their communities after incarceration. The reentry hub is geared toward connecting these individuals with resources available throughout the Commonwealth, and it can be accessed at kysmartoncrime.com and kyvoicesforhealth.org. “This tool has exceeded our expectations,” said Amanda...

UPS partners with Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana to end epilepsy in nationwide walk

Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is partnering with UPS in the fight to end epilepsy through the nationwide Walk to END EPILEPSY initiative benefiting Kentucky and Southern Indiana. “UPS strives to be a good corporate citizen and is honored to be a partner of the Walk to END EPILEPSY,” said Justin Heckel, UPS Public Affairs. “Among our 32,000 UPS employees in Kentucky, statistically speaking,...

Quarles celebrates hunger heroes in Letcher County; checks status of Kentucky Hunger Initiative program

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles visited Community Agricultural Nutritional Enterprises (CANE) Kitchen and the Cowan Community Center in Letcher County on Monday to check in on the status of a Kentucky Hunger Initiative program feeding children with Kentucky-grown fruits and vegetables and to mark the distribution of the 100,000th meal kit in the community. “Childhood hunger in Kentucky...

CASA of Lexington among nation’s top nonprofits for effectiveness; earns Service Enterprise designation

Points of Light and Serve Kentucky, the state agency that manages programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Kentuckians engaged in service and volunteering, recently certified CASA of Lexington as a “Service Enterprise.” CASA of Lexington is part of the very first Service Enterprise cohort that certified in Kentucky. This prestigious certification recognizes CASA of Lexington...

Bluegrass Care Navigators marks anniversary of Bright Path; specialized medical care for children

Bluegrass Care Navigators is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its pediatric palliative care program, Bright Path. Since its launch in June 2019, more than 30 families have benefitted from this program dedicated to children. Bright Path offers specialized medical care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults who are living with a serious illness. The goal of Bright Path is to provide...

Study reveals children in Central, Eastern Kentucky more likely to face hunger than overall population

God’s Pantry Food Bank announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2020, the latest report by Feeding America on food insecurity and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. It is the only study that provides food insecurity data at the local level. Map the Meal Gap 2020 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county in God’s Pantry Food Bank service area. It also...

Nourish Lexington distributed more than 50,000 meals since inception eight weeks ago

Nourish Lexington, which began serving meals eight weeks ago, has prepared and distributed more than 50,000 meals to date. The organization also announced that it has surpassed the $200,000 mark on dollars spent in the local economy. To date, 32 shift workers received payment. In addition, Nourish Lexington received $10,000 from the Coronavirus Response Fund at the Blue Grass Community Foundation. “The...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky names Maysville native Allison Adams to senior policy post

Longtime Maysville area public health official Allison Adams will join the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky as vice president for public policy on June 15. Adams has directed the Buffalo Trace District Health Department since 2008 and presided over the Kentucky Health Directors Association for the past four years. She began her public health career in 2000 as a health educator at the district department,...

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky provides critical training to strengthen communities after pandemic

Preparing Kentucky for a prosperous future after the COVID-19 pandemic begins with our youngest citizens. The latest social science shows creating healthy connections for our children help them grow into adults who strengthen Kentucky communities and build our economy. Times of high stress and uncertainty increase the risk of exposure to violence or trauma that can affect growing brains, but child...

Quarles secures donations from CoBank, Farm Credit Mid-America to expand mobile meals distribution

Farm Credit Mid-America (FCMA) and CoBank are funding a significant expansion of mobile meals distribution in high need areas to hungry Kentucky schoolchildren during the coronavirus pandemic, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced. The donation is a part of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative launched by the commissioner in 2016. The donation provides enrichment grants to the Kentucky Kids...

Passport Health Plan increases giving for numerous area nonprofits during COVID-19 pandemic

Building on its long-running support of organizations meeting the needs of at-risk Kentuckians, Passport Health Plan announced a partnership to aid The Salvation Army Louisville Area Command as it combats numerous negative societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Louisville-based Medicaid managed care organization is specifically supporting the charity’s Mission Essential Campaign, an effort...

More older adults in Kentucky are struggling with food insecurity as coronavirus pandemic drags on

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation of food insecurity among older adults, and that’s likely to worsen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report released by the group Feeding America. Using the most recent available data from 2018, researchers found that nearly 7% of Kentuckians over 60 and around 17% of adults age 50 to 59 were food...

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...