Clark County: New emergency shelter needs community support

First Lady Jane Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to volunteer and participate in the 6th Annual Shop & Share day, a one-day goods drive to benefit Kentucky Domestic Violence Association shelters across the state.

The drive will be held at all Kentucky Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 1.

According to a Center for Disease Control survey, Kentucky ranks 11th in the nation in people experiencing intimate partner violence.

On Shop & Share Day, volunteers at each Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food store will provide a list of items needed at KDVA shelters such as canned foods, school supplies, toilet paper and soap. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

To sign-up as a Shop & Share volunteer at your local store, visit

Contributions collected will be donated to the 15 KDVA shelters across the state. To date, Shop & Share has raised more than $2 million in combined goods and monetary donations for KDVA.

New Clark shelter needs volunteers

Clark County's new Emergency Shelter Pilot Project is serving homeless men, women and families at 19 Wainscott Avenue. Check in time is from 6-10 p.m. nightly. Dinner and breakfast are provided.

The shelter is in need of volunteers to provide meals, assist for a couple of hours at night, or help clean up most mornings.

The Emergency Shelter Pilot Project is available due to a What's Your Ambition?! grant from the Greater Clark Foundation. This is a 90-day project — due to the constraints of the grant — and community support is needed to make this a permanent service. For more information on how to help, contact Program Director Terry Davidson at (859) 744-8733.