Kentucky Colonels award $2 million in grants in 2018, will conduct Day of Service on Saturday

LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Colonels in Lexington and Louisville will participate in the Honorable Order’s annual Day of Service, Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Service projects include:

Catholic Charities (Louisville) – help sort and organize donated clothing, assemble hygiene packets, tag bicycles for refugees, and sort school supplies to make backpacks for children
Salvation Army (Louisville)– Colonels assemble food boxes, hygiene bags, and snack packs for the homeless
Southwest Center (Louisville) – Colonels will paint and hang trim on garages, lay flooring in activity room, and deep clean facility
Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road (Lexington) – Colonels will do some light indoor painting, assemble information packets, and light landscaping

Through donations from Colonels in Kentucky and around the world, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 2018 awarded grants totaling $2 million to support more than 230 charities throughout the state.

The $2 million mark is a record for the Kentucky Colonel’s annual grant program, according to HOKC Executive Director Sherry Crose, as more than 3 million Kentuckians will be aided through the combined impact of the non-profit organizations receiving these grants.

“We are also closing in on the $50 million mark since the Colonels became a non- profit organization in 1951,” Crose said. “To date, HOKC grants will have touched more than 7,000 other non-profit organizations. We are proud that donations range from $1 to major gifts supporting our focus on aiding the abused to the handicapped to crisis relief to historic preservation.”

The Honorable Order is a 501(c) 3 receiving no funds or direction from state government. By avoiding political issues and staying focused on helping needy Kentuckians through the Good Works Program, it granted about $1.5 million to worthy causes touching over 50 percent of Kentucky’s population in 2017 — often in areas overlooked by larger charitable organizations.

HOKC delivers 85 cents of every donated dollar to charity and runs the organization on the remaining 15 percent, because its board of trustees does the work. Grant requests range from a special needs wheelchair, to shelters for the abused or a new stove for a boys’ shelter in a rural community.

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