How Kentuckians Are Pulling Together During The COVID-19 Outbreak
The coronavirus pandemic has created new challenges for all segments of the population – from vulnerable older adults and those with underlying health conditions to suddenly laid-off employees to work-from-home parents. During this period of hardship and uncertainty, the people of Kentucky are coming together to help each other cope with the Covid-19 crisis in numerous ways.
Here are some of the groups and organizations where Kentuckians can extend their support and enable the communities to emerge successfully from the crisis.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
Qualifying small businesses across all 120 counties in Kentucky can benefit from EIDLs at this time. Check out the Small Business Administration (SBA) website to determine if your small business qualifies for an EIDL, and how you can apply for the loan.
Assistance with Housing and Rent
Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky is providing free legal assistance in housing and other civil matters across 37 counties in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.
The regional food banks of Feeding Kentucky are reaching out to those who need help with food across all 120 counties in the state. The organization is working by partnering with local food pantries and shelters.
Food Chain is a nonprofit commercial kitchen that is distributing meals in downtown Lexington. To learn more or to make a monetary donation, you can visit their website.
This is a Lexington based nonprofit food bank serving food pantries in 50 counties across Easter, Southern and Central Kentucky. On their website, you can find a list of the food pantries they support.
Kentucky GSA Program
The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts program has scheduled meet-ups and periodic virtual classes for and with artists in need of guidance or education. Their events have been listed on this Facebook page.
Immanuel Baptist Church
Immanuel Baptist Church (IBC) is accepting donations on its Tates Creek Road campus (at the Recreational Outreach Center). Donation pick-up and drop-off hours are from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.
The Jockey Club
The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation is seeking donations to support backstretch workers that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. All donations that the fund is currently receiving are designated for coronavirus relief.
Restaurant Workers Relief Program
The Great Bagel & Bakery’s location at 3650 Boston Road is operating daily from 5 pm to 7 pm as a food and supplies pick-up for restaurant workers who are out of work.
The former NBA star Rex Chapman’s foundation for opioid relief has made a partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation to create a relief fund for Covid-19. The group is providing funds to any nonprofit, which is working to aid and support those impacted by coronavirus.
World’s Biggest Tip Jar
Fireball Whisky is using GoFundMe to raise funds for bartenders and other service industry members. Donations will go to organizations such as the USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Donations can be made here.
University Student Supports the Community
Ashley Lawrence, a student at Eastern Kentucky University recognized the need for medical supplies and the shortage of face masks amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Lawrence, 21, has now designed two face masks, which have transparent screens around the mouth, for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Lawrence realized that some vulnerable sections of the population were getting ignored in the midst of all-round panic and confusion. She designed these masks with the help of her mother and other individuals involved in the project. The transparent screen in these masks enables people who can speech-read communicate while wearing the mask.
Lawrence has set up a GoFundme account, which is receiving donations to pay for the costs of these masks so that they can be distributed free of cost to those in need.
Need to Show Kindness and Compassion
People in Kentucky should consciously recognize the need for compassion and kindness in this difficult phase. You can reach out to people around you who might be more vulnerable to the infection, whether they are immune-compromised individuals or the elderly. Check on them regularly and see whether you can safely pick up food or medications for them.
If someone in your family, neighborhood or among friends has mental health issues, see how you can be of some help if the condition has been exacerbated due to loneliness, social distancing and shelter-in-place. Donate blood to Red Cross, if you are a healthy and eligible donor. Support local businesses that may be struggling due to the virus outbreak.
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