Making a difference a little at a time

By Emily Patton, Published:

I came into the newsroom Thursday morning with my mind on sports. Being a sports reporter, I needed to send a couple emails, compose a brief or two, track down a quarterback and write a story about him.

So when my editor Philip Case wheeled over in his office chair in the cubicle we faithfully share and asked if I had time to help him with something, I said, “Sure, I’m not too busy.”

Phil asked for help collecting a list of helping organizations in Frankfort and Franklin County and he said he knew his computer-savvy associate (that being me) could help. He’d mentioned such a list in his column last week and hadn’t been able to get to it so he asked me to help.

The list, he said, needed to include names, addresses, phone numbers and descriptions of the community organizations that are in place to help those in need – even you or me.

So while they are always there to provide help, they need it themselves as well. It was Phil’s extremely kind idea to publish this complete list in the newspaper so that anyone willing would know where and how to donate.

While I was working on the list of organizations, I couldn’t help being moved. I swirled in my chair to face Phil and announced I’d be donating money in the next few days. Phil smiled and said, “That’s what it is all about… if everyone just gives a little.”

Now, I’ll say this: when Phil asked for my help I made time in a schedule that didn’t have much to spare. And on Thusday night I took work home with me and a to-do list I had for after I left the newsroom got done another day, but that’s what these organizations are all about. That’s how they survive, that’s how they stay open, that’s how they give someone a place to sleep without worrying at night or a hot meal because someone – a lot of people – make the time and give a little.

I’m 23 years old and a recent college graduate with bills I didn’t know existed. I cringe when I go to the bank and the tellers ask if I want to know my balance. I shake my head adamantly and hurry away like I robbed the place.

I use coupons religiously, set my thermostat on low while wearing my winter coat indoors and debate monthly about shutting off my cable even though it’s already the cheapest package available (channels 2-27 including three C-SPANs).

While the money to spare isn’t overflowing at the Patton household, this I assure you: I will be giving to some of these organizations.

And while I don’t have much myself, I know I have a lot more than others. I must admit sometimes I forget that. Don’t we all? Honestly, it was just Thursday I had my memory refreshed and thought if everyone in our town who possibly can gives just a few dollars – it doesn’t have to be a lot when multiplied by a lot – think of the difference that would make.

On Monday, my car was hit and whoever was responsible didn’t leave a note or wait the few minutes I was away to exchange insurance information. And I was absolutely devastated. I called my parents in disbelief, cursed the skies with an angry fist shaking and to complete the steps of grief, I then sobbed to my boyfriend.

I didn’t hit the acceptance stage until I was finishing the list of organizations in today’s paper that I typed the last one, the Folk Bike Recyclery.

The good people there refurbish bikes to fulfill requests they receive from places like the Sunshine Center and Salvation Army. Then they give those bikes back to residents of Franklin County Women’s Shelter and Men’s Shelter so they can have transportation to possibly get jobs and become self-sufficient again.

Sure, it was a bad thing that happened to my car, but at least I am able to have one. Most of us have necessities a lot of people in our community don’t. We have vehicles, permanent addresses and food in our own pantries. We’re blessed beyond belief even if we count the days until our next paycheck.

We should share these blessings and pass them on and this is why I’ll give a little this year, because I know it’ll mean a lot to someone else.

AREA NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Editor’s Note: An exhaustive effort was made to include in this listing every non-profit organization that offers help to others. Doubtlessly some were missed and we want to include them all. Contact Emily Patton (epatton@state-journal.com) or Philip Case (pcase@state-journal.com), 227-4556.

American Red Cross

318 Washington St.

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 223-1795

A humanitarian organization led by volunteers that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. The Red Cross also offers a variety of other services and classes.

Bluegrass Community

Action – Self Sufficiency

111 Professional Court

Frankfort KY 40601

(502) 695-4290

Provides heating assistance, weatherization of homes, clothing, commodities, emergency food supplies, supplements child care and transportation costs for individuals in school.

Coalition of Committed Christians, Inc.

(Access - Soup Kitchen)

311 West Second St.

P.O. Box 1324

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 223-5179

Serves hot lunches to the community Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 3 p.m. They also offer GED classes twice a week and provide emergency temporary shelter for men all year long. A men’s shelter is open year round 4 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Coats for Kids

1121 Collins Lane

Frankfort, KY 40601

This program provides winter coats for children whose parents can’t afford to buy them in Frankfort and Franklin County public schools. Spearheaded by Bill and Jenny May since the early 1990s, typically 600-800 children from kindergarten through high school receive new coats each year. Make your check to “Coats For Kids.”

Council on Family Abuse

P.O. Box 4012

Frankfort KY 40604

(502) 229-7027

The Council on Family Abuse is a private non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of family violence. It is open 24 hours a day.

Franklin County Women’s Shelter

303 East Third St.

Frankfort KY 40601

(502) 352-2843

Shelters single women and women with children over the age of 12. They accept monetary donations via cash or check, mailed or dropped off and online donations via their website at www.fcwomenshelter.com. They are always in need of hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, toilet paper and paper towels, which can be dropped off directly at the shelter.

Frankfort YMCA

402 West Broadway

Frankfort KY 40602

(502) 227-9637

The focus of the organization is on supporting the family structure through low cost child care; juvenile delinquency prevention activities, including youth sports and health and fitness for all ages.

Franklin County Emergency Food Pantry

P.O. Box 48

Frankfort KY 40602

The Food Pantry’s mission is to ensure the residents of Frankfort/Franklin County have an opportunity to carry on a full and healthy lifestyle. Clients are eligible no more than three times in a six-month period. Volunteer hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity of Franklin

County, Inc.

119 West Main St.

Frankfort KY 40601

(502) 875-8364

Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to provide affordable housing for low-income families in Frankfort and Franklin County.

Sunshine Center

212 Steele St.

Frankfort KY 40601

(502) 875-3495

The center provides individual counseling free of charge to victims of abuse, conducts supervised visitation/transfer, offers daily crisis intervention on as needed basis and teaches an abuse prevention program to area preschool-elementary age children.

The Kings Center

202 East Third St.

Frankfort KY 40601

(502) 227-8010

The community center serves children and parents. The center provides programs and activities such as after-school tutoring, computer classes, service projects, a dance team and field trips.

The Salvation Army

517 Greenup Ave.

P.O. Box 5143

Frankfort KY 40601

(502) 227-2638

The Salvation Army gives emergency assistance with bills, food, clothing, furniture, prescriptions, diapers, lodging, transportation out of town and referral to other agencies. Also provides personal and marriage counseling, church activities and clubs for women and children.

The Simon House

208 West Campbell St.

Frankfort KY 40601

(502) 223-2138

The Simon House is a shelter where adult women and children can live in order to learn independent living skills and prepare themselves for a productive return to society.

The Thornhill Learning Center

700 Leslie Ave.

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 875-1481

Operated through a foundation, the center provides a GED program and classes for the community.

The United Way of Franklin County

76 C. Michael Davenport Blvd. Suite 2B

P.O. Box 1544

Frankfort, KY 40602

Provides funds to non-profit 501 (c)(3) human service agencies in Frankfort/Franklin County through proceeds from an annual campaign.

Resource Office of Social Ministries

P.O. Box 302

Frankfort KY 40602-0302

This central location offers help to those in need that are referred by participating churches.

Walk/Bike Frankfort and Folk Bike Recyclery

5140 Devil’s Hollow Rd.

Frankfort KY 40601

The Folk Bike Recyclery refurbishes children’s bikes to fulfill requests it receives from The Sunshine Center, Salvation Army and others. Throughout the year, the Recyclery provides residents of Franklin County Women’s Shelter and Men’s Shelter with bikes so that many may get jobs and become self-sufficient again. The organizations rely completely on volunteers and contributions. Donations to either organization may be sent to Don Stosberg, treasurer, at the above address.

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