As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact central Kentucky, our local nonprofits are experiencing increased demand for services, and they need your help now more than ever. Here are some easy ways to give back this month:
AVOL Kentucky’s mission is to end HIV in the Commonwealth. The organization continues to help its clients with rent, utilities and resources to keep HIV numbers low. AVOL also provides monthly care packages containing toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products and trash bags. To donate these items in-kind or to make a monetary donation to cover their cost, contact [email protected]
Natalie’s Sisters extends support to sexually exploited women. While their Club and Jail Ministry are on hold due to the coronavirus, their Drop-In Center continues to serve dozens of women daily and relies on in-kind donations of snacks, food, individual drinks and toiletries. Natalie’s Sisters also accepts restaurant gift cards to help cover the cost of breakfast and lunch. For more information or to sign up to provide a meal, contact [email protected]
The Well traditionally provides a residential recovery and renewal program for women who have survived sex trafficking but is expanding its services during this public health crisis to include other vulnerable populations, 80-90% of whom are living below the Federal Poverty Level guidelines. The Well’s Meals Program is providing basic sustenance to about 50 families a week and needs milk, eggs, bread, fruits, vegetables and other groceries, as well as dental hygiene items and toiletries. To donate, contact [email protected]
Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation is asking its volunteers to safely shelter at home and provide comfort to patients and their families by making items such as pocket prayer squares, comfort animals, prayer shawls, blankets, baby hats and chemotherapy hats. For more information about the Hope Crafters program, please contact the Saint Joseph Hospital volunteer office at 859.313.1290.
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky is spreading awareness and raising money for child abuse and neglect prevention efforts throughout the state by hosting its 7th Annual Lexi Memorial 5K Run/Walk virtually from June through July. Race registration will be posted at www.pcaky.org. To register for the virtual race, or volunteer as a social media ambassador, contact [email protected]
To learn more about these local nonprofits and hundreds of others, or to learn more about the work of Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lauren would love to hear from you! You can reach her at 859.225.3343 or
*The coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. Before you make a donation, please contact these agencies to see if their needs have changed.