#GivingTuesday: Supporting local nonprofits

‘Kentucky Gives’ online fundraising event set

Special to Civitas Media

Kentucky Gives is a 24-hour online fundraising event bringing charities and Kentuckians together for a powerful day of action.

Held this year on #GivingTuesday, Kentucky Gives joins the global celebration of generosity — providing every Kentuckian with the opportunity to support causes they care about by sharing the amazing stories of nonprofits working to strengthen our communities and enhance our quality of life.

Kentucky Gives on #GivingTuesday will raise as much money as possible for the charities serving you and your community — all through a single online giving site and in just 24 hours.

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter, KCEOC Community Action Partnership and Operation UNITE are just a few nonprofit organizations across Kentucky participating in the third annual online fundraising event on Dec. 1, from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.:

• KCEOC Community Action Partnership is dedicated to recognizing human potential, improving communities, and creating opportunities for change. Since its inception, KCEOC Community Action Partnership has provided quality programs and services to the low-income in Eastern Kentucky. Each year, KCEOC helps over 7,000 people achieve financial stability through programs such as Head Start, Weatherization, job training and placement, financial education, housing, and energy assistance. Did you know that southeastern Kentucky is one of the most poverty stricken regions in the nation? Sadly, this is true, and below are some statistics to put this in perspective. In Harlan County: Living below poverty, 31.3percent; median income, $25,906; 13.9 percent unemployed. In Bell County: Living below poverty, 33.5 percent; median income, $26,228; 10.2 percent unemployed.

• Over the past 100 years, the Pine Mountain Settlement Schools programs have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community and region. Today’s programs include environmental education and basic educational support for students in local schools. The richness of Pine Mountain Settlement School’s campus and its history is a source for multiple other enrichment programs for the local community and beyond.

•Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter began in 2001 when a group of friends saw the need to promote animal welfare in Bell County. Friends of the Shelter tries to reduce the number of homeless uncared for and unwanted pets by promoting responsible pet ownership through education, spaying and neutering pets of low income owners, holding spay/neuter clinics, and providing financial assistance to the Bell County Animal Shelter. Friends provides funding for transports that take animals from our shelter to no kill shelters and foster homes in other states, for vaccines and medicines to help protect the animals in the shelter awaiting adoption, internet service to the shelter to allow pets to be placed on petfinder.com for adoption, funding for health certificates for animals going on transports, cat litter for the shelter, a washer and dryer for the shelter and various other needs that come up.

• Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) was created in 2003 by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th) to provide a regional, community-based anti-drug response to the prescription drug epidemic sweeping across southern and eastern Kentucky. Currently serving a 32-county region, UNITE is engaged in numerous education, treatment and law enforcement initiatives – many with state and federal partners – designed to empower citizens groups and community leaders to no longer accept or tolerate the drug culture. This is achieved through expanding youth-focused anti-drug and education programs, community campaigns about the dangers of drugs, coordinating treatment and outreach programs for those struggling with addiction, providing support to families and friends of substance abusers, and conducting undercover narcotics investigations. Operation UNITE’s focus for this year’s Kentucky Gives event is to raise funds for youth prevention and education initiatives – specifically Camp UNITE, school anti-drug UNITE Clubs, and the “On The Move!” mobile education classroom. All online donations for Operation UNITE made on Kentucky Gives day are 100 percent tax-deductible and will support youth initiatives.

Also participating are Hindman Settlement School, Red Bird Mission, Inc., Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition, AppalReD, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, The Center for Rural Development, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road, Kentucky State Parks and may more.

To participate in #GivingTuesday, visit http://www.kygives.org/.

‘Kentucky Gives’ online fundraising event set

Special to Civitas Media

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