Charity a Go Go

WELCOME to the second annual "Give Till it Hurts" issue of Ace.

As the holidays approach, many of us look around for ways to give back to the community.

Unfortunately, we don't always have the best ideas about what to give or when to give it (e.g., one shelter told us they're inundated with "helpers" who want to come serve food on Thanksgiving Day, but they could better use the assistance at some other time - when they're not flooded. Still others DEPEND on help 365 days a year, and are sometimes forgotten in the holiday rush.)

So, several weeks ago, we published an ad inviting area non-profits to contribute their "wish lists" for the holidays, and we asked them to be specific about the types of items, and volunteers they needed. Here they are in alphabetical order, divided by category.

Remember to give till it hurts. After that, write a check. Then consult your friendly tax professional about the gifts that keep on giving.


Lexington Fair Housing Council

Contact: Teresa Ann Isaac
205 East Reynolds Road #E
501 (c) 3 status: yes
Mission: To end housing discrimination in central and eastern Kentucky.

· Volunteers to test: local apartment complexes, realtors, banks, mortgage companies, homeowners' insurance companies, and developers for housing discrimination.


Bluegrass Animal Welfare League, Inc.

Contact: Virginia Morris
PO Box 4704
Lexington KY 40544-4704
501 (c)3 status: yes
Mission: Promotes humane eduction in elementary schools and spay/neuter assistance for those that cannot afford the cost of altering their pets.

· Volunteers for fundraisers such as Picnic with the Pups, Pictures of Pets with Santa, and pet festivals

· Elementary school teachers to sign up for our kind news programs that we donate to teachers that are truly interested in teaching humane education to their students. The materials are from the Humane Society of the United States and very popular and very effective!

Home At Last

Contact: Victoria King
P.O. Box 144
Salivisa, KY 40372
(502) 839-1974 and (502) 859-5342 and
501(c)3 status: yes
Mission: Home At Last is a no-kill animal sanctuary located in Anderson County (about a half hour from Lexington, off Bluegrass Parkway). We are home to over 50 dogs, 20 cats, and 15 large animals.

Wish list:

· Dog houses · Cat and dog collars · Food Bowls · Cat Litter · Cat perches, cubbies and toys · Leashes · Dog Toys · Dog & Cat crates · Straw and hay · Water Buckets · Computers, printers, scanners, and zip drives. · Lumber · Medical supplies: Interceptor or Heartguard, Panacur, syringes, first aid kits · Fencing materials · Air Conditioners and fans · Discounted printing services · Riding lawn mowers · Water tanks · Office supplies of any kind · Foster homes

Lexington Humane Society

Contact: Susannah Harris
1600 Old Frankfort Pike
Lexington, KY 40504
501(c)3 status: yes
Mission/History: The protection and care of all animals, founded 1890.

Wish List:

· Laundry detergent · Dry puppy food · Dry kitten food · Dry dog food · Cat litter (clay, low grade, NOT scoopable) · Towels, all sizes · Electric clippers (heavy duty, durable) · Digital thermometers · Bleach · $$ financial donations · Dog shelters in new or good condition

Items may be delivered to shelter any Monday through Friday 9-5 at the Administration building, or Monday through Saturday noon to 6 at the Shelter building.


Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras
Contact: Candace Wills, Business Manager
161 North Mill Street
Lexington KY 40507
501(c)3 status: yes
Mission: to foster, in cooperation with public and private schools, musical opportunities for talented young musicians in the Central Kentucky region through maintenance of one of more orchestras fo excellent quality, under the leadership of a highly qualified music director.

Wish List

· Copy machine (document feeder, collator, two-sided copies capability) · Part-time alumni volunteers

Lexington Art League
Contact: Polly Singer
209 Castlewood Drive
Lexington Ky 40505
501 (c) 3 status: yes
Mission: The Lexington Art League is a non-profit, member-based visual arts organization committeed top providing exhibition and educational opportunities for its members and the community.

With offices and gallery space located in the historic Louidoun House in Castlewood Park, the Lexington Art League presents 10 to 15 exhibits annuyally at its two galleries, the Loudoun House and the MetroLex. These exhibits feature work by Lexington Art League members, as well as regional and national artists in juried and invitational shows. The Lexingotn Art League also organizes the July 4th, mayfest, and woodland Arts Fairs as well as 4th Friday alternative happy hours. Lexington Art League offers ongoing classes in ceramics, open studio figure drawing sessions, and workshops in a variety of media.


· Folding machine (for folding letters for mass mailings) · Volunteers to help with receptions and/or daily office help · New office telephone system · Funding for restoration of Loudoun House · St. Francis statue for courtyard (recently stolen)


Arc of the Bluegrass
Contact: Sharon Jackson
898 Georgetown Road
Lexington KY 40511
501(c)3 status: yes
Mission: to provide a wide variety of services for adults with developmental disabilities


· Household furniture (e.g. beds, chairs, Tables, couches) · 2 electric cooking stoves
· Refrigerator · All kinds of bedding (twin sheets, pillows, etc.) · 2 VCRs · 2 TVs · 3 fax machines · 3 laser printers · Canned goods · Turkeys · Hams · Stand-up freezer · Miscellaneous Christmas gifts for indiviual adult clients

Minds Wide Open

Contact: Crystal Bader
139 West Short Street
Lexington KY 40507
501(c)3 status: yes
Mission: Minds Wide Open art center is a program for artists who are considered to have disabilities or special needs. We provide creative outlets for self expression and opportunities to participate in the larger community


·Art supplies (such as colored pencils, acrylic paint, brushes, ink, charcoal, pencil sharpeners, canvas, acid free paper, etc.) · Volunteers


Moveable Feast Lexington
Contact: Michael Thompson
based in St. Augustine's Chapel Basement
472 Rose Street or PO Box 367
Lexington KY 40588-2067
501(c)3 status: yes
Mission: Preparation and delivery of meals to homebound patients with HIV/AIDS in Fayette County


· Volunteers to drive delivery routes- 1 route takes about 90 minutes- we drive 7 routes, 365 days a year. · Cash donations to pay for food stuff


First-Link of the Bluegrass
Contact: Juli Gaworski
2480 Fortune Drive Suite 150
Lexington KY 40509
501(c)3 status: yes
Mission: FIRST-LINK of the Bluegrass links people to health and human services through information and referral, promotes and recognizes volunteerism, and provides leadership training and support to non-profits.


· Cases of 24-pound copy paper · 2 four-drawer filing cabinets · Laptop computer carrying case · Office desk with return (secretarial) · Office chairs with or without arms

Kentucky River Foothills
Contact: Vicki Jozefowicz
PO Box 743
Richmond KY 40475
(859) 624-2046
501(c)3 status: yes
Mission: Kentucky River Foothills develops community resources so that all persons may lead lives of dignity, responsibility and opportunity.


· Pick-up truck in working order to haul donated items · Passenger vehicle in working order to transport foster children to parent visitation · Volunteer to maintain PCs and computer network in Madison, Clark, Estill and Powell Counties. · Furniture, household items


GO Women
Contact: Frances Figart, Executive Director
3001 Wavecrest Way
Lexington KY 40509
501(c)3 status: yes
Mission: GO Women (Greater Opportunities for Women) is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting social and economic change that will benefit low-income women in Eastern and Central Kentucky by helping them get jobs. This is accomplished through a free 10-week program that exposes low-income women to a series of 20 workshops to improve their skills and confidence. The program also pairs low-income women with professional women mentors.

The next session will be January - March 2001.


· Personal computers (new or used) · Voluteer drivers to transport woemn from other counties to and from meetings · Volunteers with child care training to provide care during meetings · Volunteers with experience to help research and write grants · Volunteers to cook and bring to one evening workshop meals for 15 · $500 sponsorships of individual women who want to go through the program · Sponsors for $1000 art scholarships for women talented in music, art, or writing · Professional women mentors to guide one woman for a 10-week period