Governor Andy Beshear announced a $ 380,000 Team Kentucky Fund donation to nineteen nonprofits across the state.
Three of the $ 20,000 recipients are from northern Kentucky.
Everyone serves the state by preventing homelessness and / or helping families affected by the opioid epidemic.
“This gift would not be possible without the incredible generosity of the Kentuckians. Going forward, let’s keep the spirit of the Team Kentucky Fund alive by donating directly to these great organizations or other nonprofits in our communities that speak to our hearts, ”said Beshear. “In Kentucky, we don’t just talk about our beliefs, we live them. Especially in the face of this coronavirus pandemic, these agencies have helped our most needy employees. We are proud to be able to help them again. “
The local organizations that are contributing to the money are North Kentucky Children’s Home, North Kentucky Welcome House, and Transitions.
The Team Kentucky Fund was founded last March to accept donations to charity across the state to support those who have suffered major financial setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund has raised more than $ 3.7 million from 11,411 donors and has so far supported 3,662 families in Kentucky, according to a press release.
“In a really challenging year, I was so inspired by every single Kentuckian who contributed to this fund,” said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. “This is who we are as Kentuckians – work together, neighbors help neighbors.”
Most of the funds went towards $ 1,000 vouchers for individuals to cover the cost of rent, mortgage, utilities, or groceries.
The governor donated $ 380,000 to nonprofits that share the Team Kentucky Fund’s mission to help families in Kentucky at great risk from COVID-19.
“The generosity of the governor’s office and team in Kentucky enables us to continue providing high quality care to residents and their families struggling with substance use disorders. The pandemic has created a challenging dynamic for people struggling with addiction and this gift enables us to continue to provide immediate access to treatment, ”said Jim Beiting, CEO of Transitions Inc.
“Gov. Beshear and Team Kentucky are important partners for the Northern Kentucky Children’s Home as we respond to both immediate and systemic needs to end child abuse, neglect and adverse environments that affect the health of the population, “said Rick W. Wurth, chairman of the board by CHNK Behavioral Health.
“Team Kentucky funds will be a godsend to the most vulnerable members of our community. Even in one of the most difficult times in our history, Kentucky continues to care for their communities and set an example nationwide, ”said Danielle Amrine, executive director of the Welcome House of Northern Kentucky.
Photo: Northern Kentucky Children’s Home (RCN File)