On Tuesdays, Mandy hosts a local nonprofit and shines the spotlight on the people in our community doing amazing things to help others. We’ll make them a guest DJ and let them create their own 6 song playlist. To learn more click on the blogs below. Brought to you by Community Trust Bank, Building Communities, Built On Trust. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.
If your organization would like to be featured on Give Back Tuesday, REGISTER HERE, and Mandy or Jimmy will be in touch soon!
Give Back Tuesday: Lexington Rescue Mission 12/11/18
Lexington Rescue Mission History:
In the fall of 2000, Jim and Becky Connell felt led by the Lord to start a ministry to the poor and homeless. In April 2001, Jim left his job in Columbus, Indiana, and moved to Lexington to start the Lexington Rescue Mission.
Four months later, the mission purchased a building on North Limestone with the help of a generous gift from a Lexington couple. On November 21, 2001, services started with a Thanksgiving banquet at Broadway Christian Church. The mission then opened its doors to anyone in need of food, clothing, and financial assistance and began offering Bible studies and chapel services for guests.
Since that time, the mission has grown and changed to meet the needs of those we serve. However, one thing remains the same: God is at work here, rebuilding broken lives.
Serving & Loving Those in Need in Lexington
IN 2018, YOUR GIFTS HAVE PROVIDED:
NIGHTS OF LODGING
For more information on how to volunteer for their events coming up INCLUDING their Community Christmas Dinner on December 22nd, check out their website!
Give Back Tuesday: Woodford Humane Society 12/4/18
Today we spoke to the Woodford Humane Society all about their mission and what they do. Their main objective is to promote the well being of animals. The Woodford Humane Society is a non-profit animal adoption center in Versailles. They care for homeless and unwanted animals in Woodford County, as well as animals from surrounding counties and even other states. They have welcomed thousands of animals since they first opened in 1975 and strive to find good, loving homes for all of them. A careful screening process helps The Woodford Humane Society match the right animals to the right adoptive homes.
Give Back Tuesday: Allegro Dance Project 11/27/18
Today we spoke to Jeana, the director of the Allegro Dance Project. The Allegro Dance Project’s mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire new audiences by sharing the art of dance through their contemporary dance company, and through their outreach program, serving children with special needs.
The Allegro Dance Project offers weekly adaptive dance classes for children and youth with down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and other specific needs. The class provides opportunities for continued study for participants in their inclusive dance outreach program as well as providing quality dance instruction for those new to the program or dance all together.
To donate or volunteer at The Allegro Dance Project, click here.
Give Back Tuesday: God’s Pantry Food Bank 11/20/18
Today we spoke to Mike Halligan who is the CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank right here in Lexington.
1 in 6 people in Kentucky don’t know where their next meal is coming to come from….
For more than 35 years, Feeding America has responded to the hunger crisis in America by providing food to people in need through a nationwide network of food banks.
The concept of food banking was developed by John van Hengel in Phoenix, AZ in the late 1960s. Van Hengel, a retired businessman, had been volunteering at a soup kitchen trying to find food to serve the hungry. One day, he met a desperate mother who regularly rummaged through grocery store garbage bins to find food for her children. She suggested that there should be a place where, instead of being thrown out, discarded food could be stored for people to pick up—similar to the way “banks” store money for future use. With that, an industry was born.
How we are leading the charge to solve hunger:
Supporting the nation’s largest network of food banks
Reaching 46 million people in need
Serving virtually every community in the United States
Leading the way in hunger research
Building powerful local and national partnerships
If you are wanting to volunteer your time to help those in need in our area you can do that HERE
OR if you are someone who is in need of assistance you can find the closest food bank to you HERE
Give Back Tuesday: Catholic Action Center 11/13/18
Today we spoke to Ginny Ramsey who is the director and co-founder of the Catholic Action Center here in Lexington.
The Catholic Action Center is an amazing organization and here is a little history about them…
Founded in June, 2000, in Lexington, KY, the Catholic Action Center is based on the Catholic Worker Movement, began by Dorothy Day. The center is a house of hospitality that welcomes all who are in need. It is a faith based outreach of volunteers who strive to provide all guests a welcoming place to receive their basic needs with dignity.The mission of the center is to “fill in the gap” of services for our brothers and sisters in need with no government funding by providing an opportunity for people of faith to connect with and serve the marginalized of our community. Three meals a day, shower and restroom facilities, mail receipt, a telephone, clean clothing and a place to gather are all a part of the hospitality offered. Caring ears to listen and connections with social service agencies are also available. Daily prayer services are held for those who hunger spiritually.
For more information on how YOU can help check out their WEBSITE
Over 5.5 million meals served.
Over 890,000 nights of shelter provided.
Over 2.5 million items of clothing given.
Over 225,000 showers taken.
Over 95,000 loads of laundry cleaned.
Over 90 funerals for souls who had no one.
Millions of prayers raised to the heavens.
Unlimited offerings of dignity, compassion, forgiveness, mercy
by over 200,000 volunteers – no government funding no paid staff.
Give Back Tuesday: GleanKY 11/6/18
Today we talked to Bekah from GleanKY and learned what their mission is all about. GleanKY is a nonprofit that gathers and redistributes excess fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish Kentucky’s hungry. GleanKY minimizes food waste and combats hunger by partnering with local grocery stores, farms, and orchards to collect their near perfect produce and distribute it immediately to over 100 feeding programs. GleanKY started in 2010 in Fayette County and has since expanded to 8 counties! In GleanKY’s first year over 37,000 pounds of fresh produce was collected. As of July 2018, 35,000 pounds have been collected already!
If you want to get involved, go glean with GleanKY. GleanKY is always looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to help pick up and deliver donated produce. They have lots of exciting events coming up, including the Good Giving Challenge and a New Year’s Eve party at the Galerie in Versailles. To learn how to get involved, donate, and learn about all upcoming events click here.
Give Back Tuesday: The Well of Lexington 10/30
Today we spoke to Executive Director Eileen Levy from The Well of Lexington. The Well is dedicated to providing a program of safe housing, recovery support, education, and healing for women exploited by sex trafficking. Their mission is to empower women to reach economic independence and live their best most productive life.
The well provides safe, supporting housing and comprehensive services completely free of charge for adult women survivors of sexual exploitation, prostitution, and addiction. The Well supports women in Fayette County and surrounding areas. Several case management services are provided such as medical evaluation and care, dental care, mental and behavioral healthcare, addiction counseling, and more.
At The Well, women live together, recover together, and support each other along the way. If you’re interested in donating to The Well click here, or if you want to get involved you can get information about volunteering here.
This morning on the show we talked with Mark Buerger from the Special Olympics Kentucky team!
We talked about the amazing 50 year history of the Special Olympics Kentucky Organization and all of the great events happening in the coming months.
Marc talked about the upcoming bowling season and we found out that the bowling season is the BIGGEST sport that SOKY has!
The Special Olympics Kentucky Bowling season runs August through December. In August, more than 1,000 Special Olympics Bowlers begin their bowling season as they bowl weekly in order to improve their bowling skills and to obtain an accurate average. Any athlete who wishes to qualify for the State Bowling Tournament must participate in a sanctioned Area level Tournament. In order to qualify for an Area Tournament, he/she must submit a current average that includes at least 12 games.
Marc was also our guest DJ and he picked a few songs for us to play while he was on the phone with us
Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved
Blink 182 – All The Small Things
Outkast – Hey Ya