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: Warrior Women United 3/19/19
This morning we spoke with Katherine from Warrior Women United!
Women who are firefighters, police officers, and military, see and experience horrific things in the course of their careers. The anxiety, stress and trauma they deal with can be overwhelming. Military spouses also have to cope with the challenges of being a caregiver.
They serve too.
Warrior Women United is an organization for them. All of them. It is a sisterhood that provides a safe and supportive environment for healing, for learning ways to overcome challenges, find the peace within, improve well-being, and transition to civilian life.
The very best life possible.
What They Do
It only takes a moment to change a life. Our experiential in-person and virtual programs are offered free to women who have served their country and their communities. Their struggles are our struggles. We owe it to them to provide a safe space and tools to deal with the anxiety, stress, and trauma they have experienced. Because they deserve it. To learn more about our programs and apply to participate, go to their events page.
Give Back Tuesday: Alzheimer’s Association 3/12/19
This morning we spoke with Andrea who is a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Stand with us today to help achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s tomorrow.
We provide care and support to those in need
The Association works to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We are here to help.
We have local chapters across the nation, providing services within each community. Find a chapter near you.
Our free nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) answers more than 300,000 calls annually and provides translation services in more than 200 languages. It is staffed by specialists and master’s-level clinicians who offer information and referrals.
We offer support groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout communities nationwide.
Give Back Tuesday: Foster Care Council 3/5/19
This morning we spoke with the Executive Director from the Foster Care Council Cassie Slone!
At the Foster Care Council the goal is to diligently raise funds to help as many children as possible that enter into the foster care system. Our programs aid in helping these children lead as normal of a life as possible with a goal of becoming successful adults. The Council provides funding for individualized tutoring, clothing, summer camp and enrichment activities. The programs are geared to help these children find talents that would normally go undiscovered, while increasing their confidence and self-esteem.
The Foster Care Council has opened Studio Thriftyf or the Kids, a non-profit, boutique-style store where foster parents can bring their foster children to shop for clothing and other basic necessities at no cost to the families. Studio Thrifty for the Kids is located at Idle Hour Shopping Center on Richmond Road behind Penn Station. An Open House event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
Studio Thrifty for the Kids is fully stocked with basic necessities for children, including new and gently used boys’ and girls’ clothing for infants up to 18-year-olds. The store has an inviting disco/skating rink theme that is colorful, chic and fun for kids of all ages. The atmosphere of the boutique was created to ensure the foster children have an enjoyable experience as they shop for clothing and necessities. The goal of Studio Thrifty for the Kids is to provide a sense of normalcy to foster children by sending them home with basic needs to set them up for success.
The Foster Care Council has a TON of events coming up this year! You can find the full list of events on their website HERE!
Give Back Tuesday: Hoops For Deputy Morales 2/26/19
This morning we spoke with Anthony Delimpo who is helping put on the 2-day youth basketball tournament this weekend to raise money for Deputy Jamie Morales of the Georgetown Sherrif’s Department who was injured in the line of duty last September. There will also be the “Battle of the Badge” which is a basketball game featuring the Georgetown Police Dept vs Scott County Sheriff’s Dept for local bragging rights! The game is happening THIS SATURDAY, March 2nd, at Royal Springs Middle School in Georgetown! If you click on the poster below there is a link to the Facebook page for the Hoops For Deputy Morales event!
Here is just a little back story on how these families are connected…
Mr. Delimpo himself is a law enforcement officer here in Lexington as well as a youth basketball coach. His son, Levi, has a rare form of bone cancer and was receiving chemo treatment at the same hospital on the night that Morales was shot and rushed to the hospital. This hit close to home with Levi when they learned it was a law enforcement officer who was shot on duty, and even more so with it being a LOCAL deputy.
Once Levi was diagnosed with bone cancer last year and had to undergo surgeries and chemo therapy there was a group of dads in Georgetown that put together a youth basketball tournament and all of the proceeds from that tournament went to help Levi and his family with his medical bills. So, fast forward to now. The same group of dads and the Delimpo family are putting together another tournament this year and all of the proceeds will go towards Morales’ medical bills and helping build a handicapped accessible home in Scott County.
#TEAMLEVI is a group on Facebook that you can follow to stay up to date with Levi’s journey and even see when he was able to meet his HERO, James Conner of the Pittsburg Steelers, last year!
Give Back Tuesday: Girls On The Run Central Kentucky 2/19/19
This morning we spoke with Heidi from Girls on the Run (GOTR) Central KY!
At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
One of the amazing things about GOTR Central KY is their SOLEMATES program! SoleMates are men and women who use their passion for personal athletic goals to raise money in support of Girls on the Run Central KY. Our mission is to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living. 100% of the funds raised by GOTR SoleMates directly supports participants. If you are interested in becoming a Solemate you can get more information HERE!
The GOTR 5k is coming up on 4/20/19 this year and it will be at the Kentucky Horse Park! If you would like to get registered you can do that HERE!
Give Back Tuesday: Surgery On Sunday 2/5/19
This morning we spoke with Amanda from Surgery on Sunday!
Surgery on Sunday is a not-for-profit organization that provides outpatient essential surgical services at no cost to income-eligible, uninsured or underinsured individuals who do not qualify for federal or state assistance.
The program was a longtime dream of Lexington plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Moore, II. In his nearly 40 years of service, Dr. Moore and his brothers had helped numerous individuals who “fell between the cracks” of services currently available. Individuals who made just enough to disqualify them from assistance, yet didn’t make enough for surgery to be financially viable. In the early years of his career, providing free surgical services was as simple as calling the hospital and asking them to forgive the expense to the patient. As the healthcare environment changed, the ability to do this type of surgeries vanished.
They also have a run coming up called the PERFECT 10 that is on March 9th and you can sign up HERE
Give Back Tuesday: Primate Rescue Center 1/29/19
This morning we spoke with Eileen Dunnington, Executive Director, of the Primate Rescue Center that is right here in central Kentucky.
The Primate Rescue Center is nestled on 30 acres in central Kentucky, with buildings and grounds designed to afford the animals a quiet, sheltered place to spend the rest of their lives. The centerpiece of the sanctuary is a state-of-the-art chimpanzee enclosure—currently home to 9 chimpanzees—that was completed in the summer of 2006 and since updated with climbing structures and other improvements designed for the chimpanzees’ enrichment and comfort. An enclosed tunnel allows the chimps to choose where they want to spend their time and move between the spacious outdoor enclosure and their temperature-controlled sleeping and playroom areas.
In addition, the PRC features 10 custom indoor/outdoor monkey enclosures with heated houses; the nearly 40 primates occupying these enclosures can also choose where they wish to spend their time, and, except in the most inclement weather, most venture outdoors for at least part of the day. Providing a well balanced and nutritious diet for so many apes and monkeys is a monumental task: on an average day, our staff, volunteers, and interns process 300 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruit, lettuce, nuts and grains and prepare the primates’ meals in our industrial kitchen.
The mission of the Primate Rescue Center is to alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs by:
Providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities
Working to end the trade in primates both in the United States and abroad
Educating the public to the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle
Assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for surplus primates
Encouraging compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and animal welfare statutes
YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE PRIMATE RESCUE CENTER AND WAYS TO VOLUNTEER/DONATE ON THEIR WEBSITE, JUST CLICK HERE!
Give Back Tuesday: Sunrise Children’s Services 1/22/19
Sunrise Children’s Services provides care and hope for hurting families and children through Christ-centered ministries. Sunrise Children’s Services has been at the forefront in the fight to protect Kentucky’s children since 1869. Today, Sunrise is a home for children who have been abused and neglected — children whose lives have been scarred by unspeakable physical, sexual, and emotional abuse — and who have been removed from their homes. From the president of our organization down to our direct care staff, our goal every day is to provide a place of refuge, of hope, of love, and of healing to these children whose lives have been devastated. For these children, Sunrise is a place where they can begin to feel safe, a place where they encounter adults who give unconditional love, a place where they can begin to learn that the world can be a good place.
Fighting for Hope: An Evening with George Foreman
Join us for this power-punched evening to celebrate Sunrise’s 150th anniversary of caring for abused and neglected children. George will share the adversities he faced in childhood, being knocked down repeatedly, and how he transformed his life. For more information and BUY TICKETS you can visit their website HERE
Give Back Tuesday: Pediatric Congenital Heart Association (PCHA) 1/15/19
The Pediatric Congenital Heart Association’s mission is to “Conquer Congenital Heart Disease.” We are accomplishing this through collaboration with patients, parents, providers, and partner organizations to improve quality and outcomes through CHD education, support, research and awareness.
The Congenital Heart Network is a program of PCHA, aimed at improving the lives of those with congenital heart disease and their families through direct support and education – meeting families where they are. Through local activities like peer-to-peer support, care package distribution and educational materials, we are working directly with patients, families and medical professionals impacting one life at a time. Get connected to a group near you.
Give Back Tuesday: Dress For Success Lexington 1/7/19
This morning we spoke to Lillian, who is the director of Dress for Success Lexington!
Dress for Success Lexington was founded in April of 2013 by two Lexington women eager to bring the services and career development opportunities offered by Dress for Success® to women in the Lexington community. Since that time, the organization has served over 650 women and counting through our Suiting program and Career Center.
Our purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success Lexington is part of a global network of Dress for Success Worldwide affiliates working toward a movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures.
Over the past 20 years, Dress for Success® has grown into a thriving international not-for-profit organization that has supported more than 975,000 disadvantaged women at over 153 affiliates worldwide. More than 68,000 clients are served each year in the 24 countries where affiliates are located. The growing list includes countries such as the United States, Australia, France, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the West Indies.
Give Back Tuesday: Friends and Vets Helping Pets 12/18/18
This morning we spoke to Kathy and Beth from Friends and Vets Helping Pets and we learned so much about one of THE most amazing non-profit organizations for helping out our fury four-legged friends!
Friends and Vets Helping Pets provides financial assistance for lifesaving veterinary care for sick and injured pets of income-qualified families. They fund treatments for curable, lifesaving diseases and severe injuries such as tumors, broken bones, ambulatory care, expensive medication, special food and post-surgical prosthesis. They hope to solve the problem of families being forced, unnecessarily, to euthanize a family pet soles because of cost restraints.
If you would like to donate OR if you are in need of assistance you can visit their WEBSITE
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