Ways to Contribute During the COVID-19 Crisis
Many of you have been asking about what we can do to help the Lexington community during this health crisis. Rich Ornstein, Chair of TAI’s Social Action Committee is coordinating our efforts to connect congregants with community organizations that need help. Please contact him with questions or suggestions: email@example.com
1. The Family Resource Youth Services Centers are working together to provide services for FCPS families. Items sought (perishable and non-perishable food products, hygiene and cleaning products, activities/games for children, pet food, etc.) can be dropped off the Winburn School Office between 10am-3pm: 1060 Winburn Drive. Prior to coming, please call the office at 381-3970 or FRYC Coordinator T.C. Johnson at 410-9781 to make sure someone is available to pick it up your items.
2. Meals on Wheels at Second Presbyterian Church, 460 East Main Street, can use volunteers for either packing meals or delivering meals. Packing is done from around 10 to 11 a.m. This requires a food handlers permit. Delivering requires 1 person to drive and another to take the meals from the vehicle to the homes. Driving, of course, requires a driver’s license. The delivery teams leave the church at 11 a.m. As of now, volunteers are needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you are interested, please call Betsy Strong at (859)-621-6202.
You can also call Suzanne McNew, who is the director of the Meals on Wheels program out of Trinity Baptist Church, 1675 Strader Drive (off of Winchester Road). She can be reached at her office at 859-276-3391 between 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. She would have information on the volunteer needs at the other churches.
To obtain a food handler’s permit, click here. The cost is $23; you’ll watch a 30-minute video (start and stop as needed), and take a short test (it’s easy to pass and you get 3 tries). Permit is good for 3 years and will allow you to work in the TAI kitchen during public events such as TAI on Rye and food festival.
3. The Bluegrass Community Foundation is raising funds for local needs. Click here to donate.
Kentucky Blood Center is seeking blood donors. Click here for more info or call 800-775-2522.
The Red Cross is doing free COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donors. Click here to schedule a donation time.
5.Community Response Coalition of Kentucky – Want to find out about the only organization in Lexington meeting the needs of immigrants who don’t qualify for government assistance? Interested in helping to build a safety net for them in this time of job loss and intense need? Find out about what we do at Community Response Coalition of Kentucky (crc4me.org) and how you can help. To get more information, arrange for a phone call or a Zoom session, email Rick Clewett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CRCK is currently seeking persons who may be willing to pick up or shop for food and deliver it to homes where it is needed. Please contact Dominique Olbert for more information or to volunteer by emailing her at email@example.com
Please note that TAI urges congregants who are at risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus to consult with their doctors about whether these opportunities are recommended.