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United Way of the Bluegrass: By the numbers, the support of donors and volunteers yields results

Timothy Johnson, president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, reports that through the generous support of a community of donors and volunteers, 2019 yielded the following:    • 95% of the 16,000 people who called, texted, or emailed our 2-1-1 contact center were directed to community resources to meet their basic needs. • 1,100 low-income individuals received the training that they needed...

Morehead State’s MSUCorps accepting donations, applications for Build-A-Bed program until Feb. 14

The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and its partners are gearing up for their 10th annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 2-Feb 14, 2020. Applications can be found at www.moreheadstate.edu/buildabed. Applications can be submitted online or in paper form. The MSUCorps AmeriCorps...

Aviation Museum of Kentucky announces new hours for first quarter, 2020; ‘Sim Sundays’ continue

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky has announced hours of operation for the months of January through March, 2020. Effective Tuesday, January 2, 2020, the museum is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Saturday hours are 10 am until 5 pm, and Sunday hours are 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. These hours of operation are in effect through March 31. The winter hours of operation for the museum affect weekdays...

LexPhil offers New Year’s Eve ‘Mardi Gras in New Orleans’ with Bryon Stripling at Opera House

Ring in the New Year with LexPhil and the one and only, Byron Stripling. on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Opera House. The good times roll with music of New Orleans natives like Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson & Louis Armstrong. From street parades in the French Quarter to late-night jams in the city’s famed clubs, this concert transforms the Lexington Opera House into an unforgettable...

Murray State nonprofit leadership class awards $3,000 in grants to CASA by the Lakes, Soup for the Soul

CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were the co-recipients of a $3,000 grant awarded by Murray State University’s nonprofit leadership class taught by Dr. Kelly Rogers. CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were recognized during a presentation at the Murray State University men’s basketball game at the CFSB Center on Dec. 7. The evening began with a pre-game reception held in honor of the...

Thoroughbred Charities of America to honor Madeline Auerbach with Allaire du Pont Leadership Award

Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Madeline Auerbach with the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award and the Race Track Chaplaincy – Metropolitan New York Division with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 30th annual Stallion Season Auction ‘Tis the Season Celebration presented by LNJ Foxwoods on Jan. 12 at Distillery Square at Grand Reserve in Lexington. “Our board has...

Rep. Joe Graviss, Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr recognized as ‘Champions of Justice’ for sexual assault victims

Recognizing their work to protect funding for critical services that they and other quasi-governmental agencies provide, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) have named state Rep. Joe Graviss and Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr as this year’s “Champions of Justice.” The awards were presented during the 21st annual Conference...

Wreaths Across America puts 10,000 evergreen wreaths on Camp Nelson National Cemetery graves

Wreaths Across America presented a program and laid over 10,000 live evergreen wreaths on graves at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville. With over 700 volunteers and attendees, this was the largest Wreaths Across America ever at Camp Nelson, more than doubling the number of wreaths that were laid last year. All ceremony participants were Kentuckians, including many military veterans. An...

Julie Harris Hinson makes $110,000 commitment to support WKU Opportunity Fund and additional areas

Julie Harris Hinson, a member of Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents, has made a $60,000 commitment to establish two new funds to support student success initiatives within the Cynthia and George Nichols III Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC) and Student Publications as part of the WKU Opportunity Fund. Hinson has also made a pledge of $50,000 over five years to benefit more...

Lexington-based Association of Ag Educators recieves $10,000 Next Gen Grant from AEM

The National Association of Ag Educators in Lexington is among five non-profit organizations awarded $10,000 as part of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) Next Gen Grant Program. The organizations were honored at AEM’s 2019 Annual Conference for their focus on training for and encouraging careers in construction, manufacturing, technician service, and business and financial...

Thoroughbred Charities of America’s 30th annual Stallion Season Auction set for Jan. 8-12 in Lexington

Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the planning and preparations for the 30th annual Stallion Season Auction are underway. Held Jan. 8 through Jan. 12, the auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. “2020 marks the 30th anniversary of TCA and our Stallion Season Auction,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “The auction is TCA’s largest annual...

MACED storytelling campaign reveals positive community work in Eastern Kentucky

In the first six months of a new storytelling campaign called Appalachia’s New Day, more than 45 stories have been shared about positive community work happening in Eastern Kentucky. The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) launched the campaign in June 2019. MACED is working collaboratively with community members to identify stories about businesses, programs and initiatives...

Community Ventures receives Microlender of the Year award from Kentucky Small Business Administration

Community Ventures was recognized as the SBA Microlender of the Year by the Kentucky Small Business Administration (SBA) for the 17th year in a row. Community Ventures Kentucky’s recognizable impact in lending throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky has paved the way for them to be recognized again this year. This past year, Community Ventures made 103 microloans to borrowers, totaling $787,950. The...

University of Kentucky wins Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with University of Tennessee

University of Kentucky fans can claim a life-saving victory, having prevailed in the 32nd annual Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with an impressive 651 donations to the University of Tennessee’s 416. Kentucky supporters’ final score of 2,894 donations for the Kentucky Blood Center outpaced Tennessee’s 1,999 for Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville. The winning total for Kentucky was the...

Community Ventures awarded $749,000 to issue loans to small-business owners in Kentucky

Community Ventures received $749,000 for a new loan program that will provide much-needed business loans to small-business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Kentucky. This past month, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund announced the 321 recipients of its FY 2019 Financial Assistance (FA) Awards, naming Community Ventures among...

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...