FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2020): Community Action Kentucky has been selected as a strategic partner for the state’s Team Kentucky Fund. Governor Andy Beshear and Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman announced the partnership during the governor’s daily briefing today at the Capitol.
“We are going to be partnering with Community Action of Kentucky. We are going to be partnering with this group because they have a long history of impactful work. This organization is going to serve as the hands and feet of this mission,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said.
Gov. Beshear, along with the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, took executive action March 23 to establish the Team Kentucky Fund, an online platform to provide help to Kentuckians affected financially during the COVID-19 emergency.
“More than 7,000 people have donated. Most of the donations were less than $100,” the Governor said. “We’ve also had some businesses and private donors step up with gifts from $10,000 to the $1 million announcement we had from the Kentucky Colonels just yesterday.”
With outreach offices in all 120 Kentucky counties, Community Action Kentucky is uniquely positioned to maximize delivery of Team Kentucky Fund donations. As the statewide association representing and assisting all 23 Community Action agencies across the commonwealth, Community Action Kentucky is dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve greater economic stability and improved health outcomes.
“Community Action Kentucky is honored to partner with Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman to efficiently and expeditiously distribute financial support to those impacted by COVID-19 on behalf of the Team Kentucky Fund,” said Roger McCann, executive director of Community Action Kentucky. “Through our statewide network of Community Action agencies and state-of-the-art custom software system, our robust infrastructure can ensure these generous donations can be dispensed quickly to those in need. This crisis and resulting efforts to rebuild our economy are deeply personal for all those involved in delivering upon the Community Action Promise. We’re proud to be part of Team Kentucky.”
Through an array of resources and programs, Community Action Kentucky and its member agencies provide life-changing support in a variety of service areas, including food security, workforce development, transportation, home energy, early childhood education, senior support, emergency services, housing assistance, youth enrichment and more.
The objective of the Governor’s Team Kentucky Fund is an extension of Community Action Kentucky’s core mission. By building upon Community Action Kentucky’s existing capabilities, the commonwealth will be able to make an even greater impact on the lives of all affected Kentuckians.
“I want to thank everyone for their generosity in this,” the Governor said. “Nobody’s personal finances are in a positive place as we go through this. Thinking about the fact that people have donated already $1.9 million to help out their fellow human being is once again passing that test of humanity.”
Gov. Beshear is asking those who are able to help to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund. Donations to the Team Kentucky Fund can be made at www.donate.ky.gov. For more information about Community Action Kentucky, visit www.CAPKY.org.
About Community Action Kentucky
Community Action Kentucky is the statewide association representing and assisting all 23 Community Action agencies across Kentucky that work to empower individuals and families to attain greater economic stability and improved health outcomes. With a presence in all 120 Kentucky counties, Community Action agencies provide life-changing resources and programs to support a wide array of service areas, including food security, workforce development, transportation, home energy, early childhood education, senior support, emergency services, housing assistance, youth enrichment and more. As a statewide voice for local agencies, Community Action Kentucky works to address policy issues that impact low-income individuals and cultivates broad-reaching partnerships that improve the lives of thousands of Kentuckians, making it possible for them to achieve their goals. For more information about Community Action Kentucky, visit www.CAPKY.org.