The Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission is looking for volunteers for a stream cleanup and beautification project on Richmond Road from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers are needed to remove litter and debris from the stream between Lakeshore Drive and Fontaine Road, as well as place mulch around plants that were installed in the area last year.
The commission received a 2012 Lowe's/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $20,000, one of 120 merit-based grants awarded nationally to support grass-roots community improvement projects.
Volunteers for the event should report to the registration tent at 125 Lakeshore Drive. Volunteers should dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. Boots, pants and long-sleeved shirts are suggested.
To volunteer for the event, go to Richmondroad2013.eventbrite.com. For more information on the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission, visit Keeplexingtonbeautiful.com.
Forum on parenting set
Raising Happy, Healthy Daughters, a forum for parents and professionals, will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Hospital Education Center, lower level of Building E, 1720 Nicholasville Road. The forum, led by a panel of experts, will discuss eating disorders, parent-child communication skills, healthy boundary setting, medical recommendations, media literacy and community resources. Tickets, available at the door, are for $30 individuals or $50 couples (or pay what you can afford). To register or for more information, call Lisa Miller at (859) 227-4101 or Girlsrockky@aol.com.
Federal funds available
Fayette County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Bourbon County has also been chosen to receive $103,881 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.
A local board made up of representatives from government and social service agencies will determine how the funds awarded to Fayette County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds as well as any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
■ Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government.
■ Be eligible to receive federal funds.
■ Have an accounting system and, at certain levels of funding, conduct an annual audit.
■ Practice nondiscrimination.
■ Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.
■ Have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization.
Qualifying organizations can apply now.
Fayette County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously through the Black Church Coalition, God's Pantry, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington, Divine Providence and Lexington Rescue Mission.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact Ruslyn Case-Compton at Catholic Charities, (859) 253-1993, Ext. 215, for an application. Individuals and/or organizations wishing to serve on the local board should also contact Case-Compton. The application deadline is Oct. 31.
Partnership group gets bronze award
The Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, a collaborative effort of Commerce Lexington, the city of Lexington and the University of Kentucky, recently received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of Technology-Based ED for communities with populations of 200,000—500,000 from the International Economic Development Council.
The award recognized the partnership's Rent Subsidy Incentive Program, an initiative that assists out-of-state Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer companies that have moved to Lexington. Created by the partners of the partnership to recruit high-tech research and development companies to Lexington, the rent program reimburses out-of-state companies for their first year of rent. Money for this program is allocated from the city, which saw the need to assist small companies that have the potential for growth.
The awards annually recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year's most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.
KU increases donations made to Wintercare
In an effort to help the community's disadvantaged citizens pay heating bills during the winter months, Kentucky Utilities has announced that it will match $2 for every $1 donated by residential customers to Wintercare, the utility's primary heating assistance program, effective Oct. 1 through March 31.
"Due to the delay of the distribution of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds caused by the federal government shutdown, we felt it was important to go above and beyond the usual $1 for $1 match," said Cheryl Bruner, customer service and marketing director for KU and Louisville Gas and Electric. "We encourage customers to join what thousands of their neighbors are doing and consider making a tax-deductible donation to this program as well."
Wintercare is a third-party nonprofit organization that helps customers in financial crises pay their heating bills.
Residential customers may donate to Wintercare by making a monthly pledge or a one-time contribution, including rounding up a payment to the next whole dollar.