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Lexington gift program, ‘Be a Santa to a Senior,’ brightens local seniors’ holiday season

The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles with those around you. As you gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, it’s important to remember there are seniors in your community who would love to celebrate, too. However, many seniors live alone, without someone to share this special time. Home Instead Senior Care is once again offering the...

Veterans volunteer to help hospice patients, families as part of Bluegrass Care Navigators program

Veterans John Mott and Dave Clark provide a direct service to many hospice patients and families, including fellow veterans, as volunteers for Bluegrass Care Navigators. The organization serves nearly 1,000 veterans in hospice care each year. Mott, a Vietnam veteran in the Marine Corps, said, “I started volunteering [at Bluegrass Care Navigators] last year — I had been volunteering with a local...

Cats’ margin for error in final three weeks ‘extremely small’ after Saturday’s disappointing loss to Vols

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was still scratching his head Monday as he tried to analyze his team’s disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last weekend. The Wildcats dominated the line of scrimmage but lost the battle of 50-50 balls and came up short on the goal line in the closing minutes against the Volunteers. “It was an extremely difficult outcome,” Stoops said Monday. “…...

Path to fourth straight postseason more difficult for Kentucky after crushing 17-13 loss to Volunteers

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s path to the postseason took a hit with a 17-13 loss to Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (4-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) have to win two of their last three games to reach the postseason for a fourth straight season. The Volunteers (5-5. 3-3) continued their recent surge by winning their fourth game in the last five games after starting the season...

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 22 Kentucky counties seeking volunteers to review cases

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 22 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are...

Five individuals, four organizations to receive 2018-19 Governor’s Award for the Arts Sept. 10

Five Kentuckians and four Kentucky organizations will receive the state’s top honors in the arts on Sept. 10 in Frankfort when Gov. Matt Bevin presents the 2018-19 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The Governor’s Awards in the Arts recognize individuals and organizations making extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. Awards go to artists, arts organizations, art critics,...

Western Kentucky University recognizes top volunteers at annual alumni celebration dinner

The Western Kentucky University Alumni Association recognized its top volunteers at an Alumni Volunteer Celebration dinner last week. According to Dr. Anthony McAdoo, Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association, the event honored retiring members of the WKU Alumni Association National Board of Directors, as well as paid tribute to individual volunteers and alumni chapters that have had a tremendous...

Volunteers needed for Kentucky River Clean sweep July 27; starts at Clays Ferry Boat Dock

The 2019 Kentucky River Clean Sweep will be held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.     Volunteers are needed to collect trash from the 12 miles of the Kentucky River that border Fayette County. Register for the event at www.riversweep2019.eventbrite.com. Breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided for volunteers. Door prizes will be awarded.   Volunteers should gather at the Clays...

Inspired at 4-H leadership conference, Warren County teen makes positive impact on local environment

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Spurred by an idea at a Kentucky 4-H leadership conference, a Warren County teen returned home and is making a positive impact on her local environment. Anna Sweets is a 4-H member and a senior at South Warren High School. She leads her local 4-H environmental club, which she started after participating in the environmental tract at 4-H Teen Conference for the...

Study shows 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 2019, 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 2019 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county in God’s Pantry Food Bank service area. It also...

Hosparus Health seeking volunteers, offers free training Feb. 13 at main Louisville campus

Hosparus Health needs patient support volunteers in Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties and will offer free training on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (lunch provided), from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its main Louisville campus, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive. Hosparus Health provides hospice and palliative care to seriously ill patients and their families. Volunteers assist with patient...

Keven Moore: Your local haunted house might be frightening, but it’s also potentially hazardous

Imagine that it’s October, the weather has started to turn cool and you have decided to take your family to the local haunted house to have a frightening experience. You pay your admission and wait your turn. As your heart rate begins to increase from the sounds inside, you notice the safety rules near the front entrance. But who reads safety rules, right? As you enter the haunted house and navigate...

Volunteers needed in 24 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 24 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are...

Kentucky River Clean Sweep rescheduled for Aug. 18 due to high water levels; volunteers still needed

The 2018 Kentucky River Clean Sweep has been rescheduled for Aug. 18. A high water level caused the event – originally scheduled in June – to be postponed. Volunteers are needed to collect trash from the 12 miles of the Kentucky River that border Fayette County. You can register for the event at www.riversweep2018.eventbrite.com. Volunteers should gather at the Clays Ferry Boat Dock off KY 25 under...

Real fairy tale: How did commoner beagle, rescued from KY kill shelter, end up in Kensington Palace?

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter This is the rest of the fairy tale. The world is familiar with the story. The Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan Markle, born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, married Prince Harry of Great Britain in the embodiment of the classic Cinderella story. But it is Duchess’ dog, rescued from a grisly fate in a Kentucky shelter, that is truly a rags-to-riches, happily-ever-after...

‘Cops on a Rooftop’ events this Friday at Dunkin Donuts to benefit Special Olympics Kentucky

Volunteers from the Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Kentucky and Dunkin Donuts locations are teaming up across the state to help raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky this Friday. LETR volunteers will be going to new heights to support the athletes at “Cops on a Rooftop” events at seven Dunkin Donuts locations statewide. Officers, deputies and agents from local, state and federal...

Kentucky’s 24 hours of giving — Nonprofit organizations to participate in Kentucky Gives Day

Nonprofit organizations from throughout the state will participate in the sixth annual Kentucky Gives Day on May 22. The 24-hour online giving campaign gives the 164 participating charities the opportunity to raise as much money as possible from midnight through 11:59 p.m. – all through a single online site, www.kygives.org. “Charitable nonprofits are eager to showcase their work to strengthen...

Big Brothers Big Sisters launches Brothers Reaching Back campaign to recruit more men of color

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass (BBBS) recently launched its Brothers Reaching Back campaign in an effort to recruit more men of color as volunteers and to better serve children throughout Central Kentucky. When the campaign launched in early March, only four  African-American males served as mentors in Fayette County. So far, two additional African-American men have been matched through...

United Way of the Bluegrass to host community-wide Day of Action on June 21 in nine counties

United Way of the Bluegrass will host a community Day of Action, presented by BC Wood Properties, on Saturday, June 21. The regional volunteer effort is an invitation for people and organizations in the area to unite and take action to address a variety of challenges facing our communities today. United Way of the Bluegrass is calling for volunteers to come together on June 21 to help fight for the...

Kentucky by Heart: Schuhmanns one example of retired folks giving back to their communities

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I was thrilled to see that two friends from Campbellsville, Fred and Betty Sue Schuhmann, were honored recently by their local Kiwanis Club with the 2016 “Santa’s Helpers” award, according to an article in the Central Kentucky News-Journal. In the article, their friend and the one who nominated the retired couple, Sara Cobb, said: “They are the kind of people...