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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...

Volunteers needed in nine Eastern Kentucky counties for Citizen Foster Care Review Boards

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in nine Eastern Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster 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...

Lex Habitat’s ‘Love Your Neighborhood’ program gets state award; volunteer Dennis Pike also honored

Lexington Habitat received the Outstanding Program Award at the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Annual Conference held in Louisville recently. The award was presented in honor of Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood program, which focuses on revitalization in low-income neighborhoods through owner-occupied home repairs and neighborhood clean-up projects.   In addition to receiving an award,...

Rep. Mike Denham: Volunteers and nonprofit organizations should be recognized for service

FRANKFORT – Those who say you can’t get something for nothing apparently have never met a volunteer.   About two-thirds of adults in our country actively help others like a neighbor, while roughly a fourth go a step further and donate time through their churches, civic groups, charities, schools and other helpful organizations.   That group provides about 8 billion hours of work for free...

Nominate exceptional Kentuckians for the 2015 Governor's Service Awards

  For those who know an extraordinary Kentuckian or group who gives selflessly to help improve the lives of others, it’s time to consider making a nomination for one of the 2015 Governor’s Service Awards.   To honor these individuals and groups and highlight the impact of volunteerism and service, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service, an agency of the Kentucky...