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“In 1998, a Hope Lodge in Lexington was conceived by a long time volunteer and cancer survivor, Bill Robbins, after seeing other Hope Lodges in the country.” It was discovered that almost 5,000 patients came from the surrounding areas of Lexington for cancer treatment. The Hope Lodge was created with a vision to give patients  that were receiving cancer treatment a free place to stay.


Sometimes it can be difficult for those patients to receive the care they need because they have to travel from away from home. This not only creates an emotional burden on them and their families but also a financial burden. By providing these patients and their families a free place to stay, it gives them one less thing to worry about when going through this difficult time.

kNOwMORE Nonprofits was at the Hope Lodge in Lexington and AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HOPE LODGE LEXINGTON KYgot a chance to interview Director, Jason Young. He explained that the Hope Lodge helps these cancer patients going through a difficult time, feel a sense of community because the other residents are going through the same experience.


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Ronald McDonald House LexThe Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass has a mission, “To create and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and to strengthen families by keeping them together in times of medical need.” This nonprofit organization provides a home for families that have a child in the hospital. They understand the importance of keeping families close together in difficult times.

Families that stay at the house can enjoy home- cooked meals, laundry facilities, 20 bedrooms with private bathrooms, indoor and outdoor playrooms for children, and transportation to and from local hospitals.

According to their website, “It costs around $72 per night, per room to operate the Ronald McDonald House program. To support ongoing operations, we encourage, but do not require, guests to make a donation of $10 per night (or whatever amount they are able) in order to ensure the availability of the House for future guests.” They do not turn away families that are unable to contribute.


If you wish to help out with the Ronald McDonald House you can volunteer, make a monetary donation or donate items from their wish list found online.

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Lasso“The festival is designed to showcase Kentucky’s beef industry. Kentucky is the largest beef cattle producing state east of the Mississippi, and ranks 8th in US production. We are in the business of promoting and educating the public about the production, distribution, and selling of beef from the farm to the marketplace.”


The 10th annual Fort Harrods Beef Festival was hosted this year at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. This festival is great for all ages with activities such as inflatables for the kids, a youth competition grill off, live music, local vendors, and antique cars!

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There’s also a progressive dinner with beef cuisine from local caterers and a Spirit and Bourbon tasting! Who doesn’t love some Kentucky Bourbon? With paint balling, arts & crafts, wine & cheese tasting, 5k run/walk, pageants, and carnival corral this festival is surely one to remember!

kNOwMORE nonprofits went out to this festival to film and learn about Harrodsburg and how this festival supports the local community. Be sure to check out our kNOwMORE nonprofit segment about this festival!

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BEER CHEESE FESTIVAL- Winchester, Kentucky

beer-cheese-samplingIn 2014 the turnout for the Beer Cheese Festival was close to 12,000 people! Located in Winchester, Kentucky, the Beer Cheese Festival is a great place for local vendors to display and sell their arts and crafts. The best part about the festival is that you are able to sample beer cheese all day long. After you’ve decided on your favorite beer cheese, you can cast your vote!


Other than sampling cheese you can listen to live music, drink from the beer garden, and check out all the art and crafts booths. Some of the performing live music artists this year were Frontier, Kentucky Harvest Band, and BadTrain.

kNOwMORE nonprofits went out to film and learn about downtown Winchester and how this Beer Cheese festival supports the local community. Be sure to check out our kNOwMORE nonprofit segment about this festival!

A special thanks to the nonprofit, Main Street Winchester Foundation for sponsoring this event. With a mission to, “Ensure community development with long term viability of the downtown district as a cultural, civic, historical and commercial center through public and private commitment creating a prosperous and vibrant Main Street.” 

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foundersThe Urban League of Lexington—Fayette County is a nonprofit that was established in 1968.  Their mission is to, “Assist African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality. They offer several programs in job training, education, computer skills, housing, community development and advocacy.”

The Urban League has a five-point empowerment strategy that focuses on local needs by following their mission. They focus on education and youth empowerment, economic empowerment, health and quality of life empowerment, civic engagement and leadership empowerment, civil rights and racial justice empowerment. urban

As part of our kNOwMORE nonprofits series about housing and nonprofits we interviewed the individuals involved in this powerful cause. The Urban League of Lexington has been building affordable rental single family homes since 2005. They have also renovated the Russell Elementary School with 27 affordable- one bedroom apartments for seniors 62 and older. Be sure to check out our new episode about housing and nonprofits in the Lexington area!


For more information about the Urban League of Lexington—Fayette County please visit:

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY- Lexington, Kentucky

KY-HFH-Frame-StandingThe Lexington Habitat for Humanity was established in 1986 with a vision that everyone has a decent place to live. “Lexington Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.”

On July 24th, 2015 Lexington Habitat for Humanity teamed up with 50 Lexington Police cadets and Department of Corrections trainees to make a difference in local neighborhoods. This event was part of the Love Your Neighborhood project. The volunteers spent the morning mowing lawns, landscaping, cleaning fencing and removing limbs along the roadside. They wanted to show the community that the individuals serving in their community really do care and wanted to make a difference in the public areas.


kNOwMORE nonprofits was at the cleanup to film and interview individuals about the Love Your Neighborhood project. This segment is part of our series about Kentucky nonprofits & housing. Make sure to tune in and check out our new episode about housing!



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THE LICKING RIVER- Northeastern, Kentucky

lickingriverOur Licking River story is a special follow-up to the two-part series on Nonprofits & Water. We will take a journey on the 300+ mile long river accompanied by the words and voice of longtime Lexington Herald Leader journalist, Andy Mead. Along the way we will explore the history of the river, visit some of its unique points of interest and learn about its current environmental status. We will also learn about the non-profit organizations that help maintain and sustain it.

The Licking River was a prominent transportation passageway for norther Indian tribes and later, the first colonial settlers from North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The river is now used used as a recreational spot for fishing, boating, and swimming. map

In July of 2014, the Licking River Water Trail Alliance was established to provide navigable water trails along the river and its major feeder streams. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to enhancing the recreational areas of the river as well as promoting river safety and education


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WOODLAND ART FAIR- Lexington, Kentucky

woodland arts fairThe year 2015 marked the 40th Annual Woodland Arts Fair! The Woodland Art Fair is hosted by Nancy Barron and Nancy Barron & Associates, Inc. This local community event hosts 200 artists, live music & food and fun for the whole family.

With a mission to challenge, educate, engage, and enhance our community through visual art, The Lexington Art League envisions a world where artartists, and art-making are central to human inspiration, self-realization, and meaning.

The “Big Tent” started at the Woodland Art Fair in 2013. It was used as a way to show the Lexington Art League’s presence at the fair. It now provides interactive art experiences for all ages. There will be four featured artists at the Big Tent this year. The 2015 featured artists are Matthew Cook of Border State, David Kenton Kring, Dronex, and Sarah Jane Sanders. kNOwMORE nonprofits was out at the festival interviewing individuals about the nonprofits that help support and run these festivals!

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS- Lexington, Kentucky

Dress For Success Lexington

Mission, History of Organization:

Our Vision

The mission of Dress for Success Lexington is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Our PurposeDFS3

“we are about much more than simply a new outfit”

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.

We provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but we are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, our programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

Our BeliefsDFS2

Every woman has the right to realize her full potential and achieve financial independence in a more egalitarian world. We believe that with the proper education, tools and action this world is possible.

Poverty often affects women the most, and its effects on them and their families can be long-lasting. Therefore, addressing women’s needs is central to improving the quality of life for not only that woman but also her family, future generations and her community. In fact, recognizing the significant role of women in economic development is the smart thing to do, as well as being socially and morally right.

We believe that achieving gender equality is imperative to developing a sustainable and just world for all, which is possible by acknowledging the crucial role that women play in the world economy.

We believe that by building up a woman’s agency and knowledge, better synergies between gender equality and economic sustainability are realized, enabling her to generate a long-term impact in both her private and public life.

Our StoryDFS1

Dress for Success Worldwide, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in New York City in 1997 as an answer to the needs of low-income women seeking employment and self-sufficiency. Over the past 17 years, Dress for Success® has grown into a thriving international not-for-profit organization that has supported more than 775,000 disadvantaged women at over 138 affiliates worldwide. More than 65,000 clients are served each year throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the West Indies.

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 150 women and counting through our Suiting program and Career Center.

Women come to Dress for Success® Lexington by referral only from community-based social service agencies and non-profit organizations.  An individual appointment is set up, and each woman is paired with a stylist consultant who selects a business suit for the job interview and introduces them to the Career Center.  When she successfully lands the job, she returns for an “Employment Suiting” consisting of a week’s worth of additional job appropriate attire.

The suit is just the beginning of how we help women thrive in work and life.  Once a woman has been suited by Dress for Success® Lexington, she is given access to the Career Center which offers critical tools essential to retaining her job and advancing in today’s highly competitive workforce. The women can take part in mock-interviews and resume building in their first visit and can find economic independence through relevant career workshops, one-on-one job coaching and computer access.

By providing a strong, committed network of professional men and women who are willing to share their insights and experiences, Dress for Success Lexington helps women secure and maintain gainful employment.   We know that the positive impact a new job will create for a client not only affects her, but it makes a difference to her family and community as well.  With your help, we will be able to serve more women in Lexington and the surrounding area.



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THE POINT OF ARC- Northern Kentucky

The Point ARC of Northern Kentucky

Mission, History of Organization:

social-300The Point ARC of No. Ky. was chartered June 6, 1972.  We are the result of a merger between two parent groups – one from Campbell Co. (HARC) and the parents of children at Riverside Good-Counsel School where prior to the enactment of PL 94-142, in 1976-77, was the segregated school where all children with mental retardation attended. NKAR (No. Ky. Association For Retarded Citizens) was name selected and we joined the state and national associations.  When the law was passed mandating public education for all, students 6 through 21 were filtered into their district schools and the need for us to raise funds to support transportation needs and maintain the building ended.  Under the leadership of Judi Gerding who was board chair after this transition NKAR’S focus went to “filling in the service gaps” for those exiting public education at age 21.

In 42 “short” years we are a full-service agency providing educational, residential, social, and vocational opportunities for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  In the mid nineties we officially changed our name to The Point/Arc of No. Ky. in compliance with the state and national in an effort to remove the “r” word from our title.

We’ve come from a zero budget in 1972 to 5 million in 2014.  Uniquely we remain less than 24 % government funded and our goal is to be self-sufficient.

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We currently have 9 group homes, 3 social enterprises.   Pre-Voc and Career Development classes, and case management programs are conducted in our Point Learning Center.   Our Employment Program offers Job Placement & lifelong follow-up.  Our Activities Program offers weekly, monthly & quarterly social offerings,  We have 15 properties & 15 vehicles to maintain,  We directly serve over 400 participants annually and thousands indirectly through our “Everybody Counts” awareness program and dances.


Believe our problem is the best kind to have.  Our #1 goal this year is for everyone in the Commonwealth to know who we are and what we offer to our community and the population we serve.  Our theory is – once people hear our story the volunteer and financial support follows.  We’ve been so busy “doing” and too little staff or time to “toot our own horn.”  We’re ready to tell everyone about the quality of our programs.

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