Story Category: Healthy and Vibrant Communities

Huntertown: Keeping the memories alive

On August 29, 1871, Jerry Gatewood, formerly enslaved and a U.S. Colored Troop veteran, purchased the first 5-acre parcel of what would become Huntertown Hamlet in Woodford County. Huntertown was one of hundreds of all-Black towns established after the Civil War by formerly enslaved people. Its 50 acres were home… Read More

Lexington Black Prosperity Initiative Grant Provides Prosperity Backpacks

In the summer of 2021, Believing In Forever Inc facilitated its Community On The Corners initiative where Devine Carama and JK-47 engaged in community pop-performances in underserved neighborhoods in Lexington. During these performances, volunteers from several local organizations distributed free food, bottled water, baby products, household cleaning items and children’s books,… Read More

Appalachia Rises Telethon to Raise Funds for Flood Relief

  With Kentucky’s Appalachian counties in distress following historic floods, nine organizations united to form a large-scale fundraising effort anchored by a telethon at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 8, to be broadcast by CBS affiliates WKYT in Lexington and WYMT in Hazard.   Soon after rainfall began… Read More

Franklin County Community COVID Relief Funds Give Back

No one knows a community better than the people who call it home. That’s what makes local community funds so effective—they leverage this knowledge to make tangible differences in the lives of their neighbors. Thanks to the generosity of everyone who supported the Frankfort/Franklin County Community COVID Relief Fund, more… Read More

Beulah S. Mays Grant Connects Seniors During Pandemic

Sayre Christian Village, Fayette County’s sole nonprofit assisted-living center, wanted to provide smart TVs for their low-income residents whose feeling of isolation has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from the Beulah S. Mays Charitable Endowment, a legacy fund at BGCF, we awarded… Read More

Of Thee, I Sing: The Power of Public Art in Clark County

Clark County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Greater Clark Foundation, provided funding for Of Thee, I Sing, a contemporary 21-piece public art display featuring Clark County residents. Artist Marjorie Guyon and photographer Patrick J. Mitchell created the pieces to portray the true story of Hannah and her son Daniel,… Read More