I’d like to feature some of my favorite nonprofit organizations in Lexington! Find a list of 13 on Twitter by clicking here!
I am the part-time Development Director at Radio Eye and was the Studio Manager from 2012 – 2014.
Radio Eye is a radio reading service for people who are visually impaired or for anyone who cannot easily pick up printed material and read it for themselves. We broadcast off low powered radio frequencies and give our listeners special radios to access the broadcast. The broadcast can also be heard at www.radioeye.org, the iBlink smartphone app, an 800 number, and NFB-NEWSLINE. We are also on cable channel 20 until noon each day and in many hospitals and nursing homes. Printed material is recorded or read live by about 150 volunteers each year. We read many local publications like the Herald-Leader, Courier Journal, and many city newspapers, and also have a book series, health corner, and so much more!
I have been volunteering with GleanKY on their Burgers & Beats Committee this year! Burgers and Beats is coming up on July 17th at Wallace Station. It’s going to be an amazing event!
From their website – GleanKY gathers and redistributes excess fruits and vegetables to nourish Kentucky’s hungry. By gleaning (aka, collecting) excess produce from grocery stores, supermarkets, farms, orchards and farmers’ markets, GleanKY reduces local food waste and provides fruits and vegetable for more than 50 food pantries, meal programs and neighborhoods in food deserts. GleanKY produce is never sold and is intended only for food-insecure people. Since our inception, we have served as a vital link between local sources of food and hunger programs. We glean more than 800 times a year and yet we’ve just scratched the surface of diverting wasted food. As GleanKY’s food sources and partners grow, we’re expanding outside of Fayette County.
They need volunteers!!
Bluegrass Council of the Blind
I worked at BCB as the Director of Programs from 2014 – 2016 and it was an amazing experience. I worked directly with people who were losing/had lost their vision and helped provide information on resources and helped train on assistive technology.
BCB has 2 programs – Peer Support and Assistive Technology & Training. They have monthly Community Outings and Peer Support Meetings, provide training on technology such as iProducts, and provide information and referral services.
Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky
I’ve been involved with KHAKY for a couple years now. Polycystic Kidney Disease runs in my family and I decided to search for a place to volunteer that helps others with kidney disease.
KHAKY provides Public Education & Patient Services. They do speaking engagements and kidney disease screenings.
I scheduled KHAKY for a Peer Support Meeting at Bluegrass Council of the Blind and the Executive Director, Pat Ham, and a volunteer came in and did 16 urine analyses for our group. Through these screenings, they have informed many people, including myself, of abnormalities in their results so they can go to a doctor and get further testing.
Kidney disease can go without symptoms until as much as 90% of kidney function has been lost!
KHAKY also provides direct patient services including providing supplements at discounted prices and help getting cleared for a kidney transplant.
All these awesome nonprofit organizations would greatly appreciate your donations!
Check out my Twitter list of 13 great nonprofit organizations!