Help others this holiday season


Editor’s Note: Here again, for your convenience, is the list of organizations that help others — and are in need of help. If there are additions or corrections contact Philip Case (, 502-227-4556. Churches have not been included in this list. We’re assuming all do something to help those in need, so if you’d like to contribute to a church’s missions or outreach program, contact the church(es) of your choice. 


American Red Cross

318 Washington St.
Frankfort, KY 40601

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.


Backpack Snack Program

c/o Pam Tate
Hearn Elementary
300 Copperleaf Blvd.
Frankfort, KY 40601

The Backpack Snack Program serves all city and county schools by providing a backpack of easy to prepare, non-perishable, single serve foods for kids on the free and reduced lunch program for the weekend. The program currently serves some 155 children and provides four main meal items, four fruit/dairy items, two breakfast items, a salty snack, a sweet treat. Monetary donations and donations of appropriate food items are accepted. It also welcomes groups to do food drives. 

For more information, contact Pam Tate at 

Bluegrass Community Action – Self Sufficiency 

111 Professional Ct.
Frankfort KY 40601

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

(Access - Soup Kitchen) 
311 West Second St.
P.O. Box 1324
Frankfort, KY 40602

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. Also offers GED classes twice a week and provides emergency temporary shelter for men all year long from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m.


Coats for Kids

1121 Collins Ln.
Frankfort, KY 40601

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.


Council on Family Abuse

P.O. Box 4012
Frankfort KY 40604

A private nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of family violence. It is open 24 hours a day.


Folkbike Recylery

308 Lewis St.
Frankfort, KY 40601

A nonprofit community bicycle shop, the ReCyclery put more than 200 bikes on the street in 2013, 80-plus of which were free. More than 200 children and adults received free helmets from the ReCyclery and more than 600 repairs took place. The Folkbike ReCyclery provided the Sunshine Center, the Salvation Army and the Louisville-based Home of the Innocents with 27 children’s bikes to fulfill Christmas wish lists. Donations may be mailed to the attention of Mike Bomford, 103 Bender Dr., Frankfort, KY 40601.


Frankfort YMCA

402 West Broadway
Frankfort KY 40601

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 Women’s Shelter

303 East Third St.
Frankfort KY 40601

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 The shelter is always in need of hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, toilet paper and paper towels, which can be dropped off directly at the shelter. 


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.

Franklin County Humane Society

1041 Kentucky Ave
Frankfort KY 40601

Is responsible for more than 70 percent of its funding and for raising approximately $280,000 annually through services to the community, grants, donations and membership. Is in need of supplies, such as cat and dog food, newspapers, 39-gallon trash bags, paper towels, tarps, bleach, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, puppy pads, collars and leashes and toys. Monetary donations of any amount can be donated online at or mailed by check to the above address.


Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County

119 West Main St.
Frankfort KY 40601

Its mission is to provide affordable housing for low-income families in Frankfort and Franklin County.


L.I.F.E. House for Animals

P.O. Box 1365
Frankfort KY 40602

A volunteer operated organization and a no-kill canine and feline adoption facility that seeks donations of scoopable cat litter, paper towels, disposable plastic gloves, trash bags, rawhide chews, cat and dog toys, dog crates, cat furniture, laundry detergent, bleach and peanut butter. Monetary donations can be donated online at or mailed by check to the above address.  


Senior Activity Center

202 Medical Heights Drive
Frankfort KY 40601

The center is a multi-purpose facility, which serves the needs of the elderly within the county providing congregate and home delivered meals, transportation, homemaking, personal care, adult day care and various socialization and educational opportunities. 


Sunshine Center

212 Steele St.
Frankfort KY 40601

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

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 40602

Provides 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

A shelter for adult women and children, where they can live in order to learn independent living skills and prepare for a productive return to society.


Thorn Hill Learning Center

700 Leslie Ave.
Frankfort, KY 40601

Operated through a foundation, the center provides a GED program and adult education 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 (R.O.S.M.)

P.O. Box 302
Frankfort KY 40602-0302

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


WalkBike Frankfort

c/o Mike Bomford
103 Bender Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601

WalkBike Frankfort is a non-profit community organization whose goal is to make Frankfort the best city in Kentucky for pedestrians and cyclists. WalkBike partners with local government and other entities to promote sidewalk repairs and construction, bicycle facilities and accommodation, trail design and construction, and other activities and improvements to educate and advocate for a healthier, more vibrant hometown.

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