I proudly support these organizations
The Hope Center provides a variety of valuable services to the community by providing emergency and long term shelter to Lexington’s homeless and mentally ill, drug recovery programs for both men and women, and medical assistance to all. They also have consistently been appreciative recipients of any donation items I have sent their way. They have a long list of preferred items on their website, but they have never turned down anything I’ve offered them, with the exception of mattresses. They will pull out everything from the donations that they can use, and will forward the rest to the Salvation Army, so all items have another chance at a good home. If you have a large load to donate, they may be willing to come pick it up; call to ask about arrangements.
The Lexington Humane Society is a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation in Fayette County. They house stray and surrendered pets until they can be adopted, provide low-cost spay and neuter services, and partner with a local trap/neuter/release program for feral cats. They have a long wish list on their website of items they will gratefully take as donations. Please consider adopting your next pet from them.
The LFUCG Division of Waste Management website has lots of information on the many different programs available designed to help keep waste out of the local landfills. Recycling and composting programs are just two of the services offered to local residents. Others include a semi-annual medicine collection event, tire collection, electronic waste collection, and free paper shredding events. LFUCG also partners with local green organizations to help plant trees, keep waterways free of trash, and provide educational opportunities for the public. Check out their website for a map showing all the recycling drop-off locations around the city and information about all their other programs.
As a big supporter of the Lexington Fire Department, I always encourage people to learn more about what they do and to understand how clutter in the home affects fire safety and the fire department’s ability to enter your home to battle a blaze. Since recent budget cuts have caused rotating station “brown-outs,” it’s even more important for citizens to be aware of fire safety and prevention to help compensate for any response time delays. One of the easiest ways to do this is to schedule a tour of your local fire station and get to know the men and women who serve your neighborhood. And whenever a fire truck or ambulance is coming down the street with their sirens and lights on, PLEASE PULL ALL THE WAY OVER to the side of the road and come to a complete stop! It could one day be your home they are trying to get to, or your loved one they are trying to get to the hospital!
The Citizen’s Fire Academy is a free program offered to residents of Fayette County that gives people the opportunity to learn up-close about all the different aspects of the fire department, including hands-on experience! The CFA Alumni Association is made up graduates of the Citizen’s Fire Academy program. The CFAAA is a registered non-profit organization that works to support the Lexington Fire Department by providing staff for events, and supports firefighters and their stations directly through fundraising efforts.