5 Ways to Give in February

Lauren Parsons


Did you know the word philanthropy comes from Ancient Greek and means “love of humankind”? This Valentine’s Day, show your love of humankind by giving back to our community. We think volunteering is sweet, so here are five ways to spread the love this February:


1. Volunteer as a driver with ITNBluegrass to help deliver safe, dignified rides for seniors and individuals with visual impairments in Fayette County. You can set your volunteer schedule based on your availability, and even one ride a week makes a big difference. Contact Jennifer Gripshover: [email protected]

2. Help Bluegrass Care Navigators provide comfort and care to the seriously ill by volunteering for supportive visits, respite care, and transportation for hospice patients or bereavement support to their family members. Contact Melanie Hagan: [email protected]

3.  Attend a Broke Spoke Volunteer Night, held every Wednesday from 6-9pm, to learn how you can help fulfill their mission to provide better access to better bicycles for all. Or donate bikes or bike parts during open shop hours. Contact Courtney Rogers: [email protected]

4.  Participate in the Lexington Rescue Mission Walk for Warmth on February 22 to help end homelessness. Registration is $30, and all money raised goes to their Homeless Intervention Program, which provides counseling for homeless individuals and families and helps pay first month’s rent on a new apartment. For more info, visit walkforwarmth.org or contact Ansley McElroy: [email protected]

5. Provide support and resources for anyone affected by sexual violence on Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center’s 24-hour crisis line or at hospitals and police stations across the Bluegrass. Volunteers must be 20 or older and have access to reliable transportation and a personal phone. Contact Rachel Halliday: [email protected]

To learn more about these nonproits and over 400 others, visit GoodGiving. net. If you want to learn more about the work of Blue Grass Community Foundation and how we can help you better organize and simplify your personal or business giving, Lauren would love to hear from you! You can reach her at 859.225.3343 or [email protected]