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Community Foundation of West Kentucky establishes West Kentucky Disaster Recovery Fund

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Click here to see our coverage of flood recovery updates across the region.

From the Community Foundation of West Kentucky –

May 5, 2011


West Kentucky Disaster Recovery Fund

In response to the recent flooding in our area, the Community Foundation of West Kentucky has set up the West Kentucky Disaster Recovery Fund.  This unrestricted fund will provide grants to nonprofit agencies, religious organizations and governmental entities that provide long-term disaster recovery assistance to the people of West Kentucky and Massac County, Illinois. 100% of the money received will be used to help our region recover.

The West Kentucky Disaster Recovery Fund is not meant to replace the efforts of first responders.  We encourage giving to those groups providing immediate assistance like the Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army, and others.

Recovery efforts after a natural disaster may take years.  The Community Foundation will serve as a conduit to receive donations and disburse grants to aid long-term recovery.  The Community Foundation will establish a volunteer advisory committee which will work with local leaders and experts to determine the areas of greatest need.  The committee will analyze each disaster and decide the best use of available resources.  The West Kentucky Disaster Recovery Fund will have the flexibility to grant to first responders proactively and then to other organizations through a grant application process.  The advisory committee will encourage collaboration among organizations to remedy unmet needs.  Grants from the Fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations and government agencies, not to individuals.  The Fund will only be used for provision of direct services to the people of West Kentucky and Massac County, Illinois.  Direct services may include housing, food, household items, cleanup and other areas of need to be determined by the committee.  Recipients of grants will be organizations that have established systems in place to assess needs and get help to disaster victims.  Organizations who receive grants will be required to provide reports confirming the grants were used for their intended purpose.

The Community Foundation of West Kentucky will devote a page on their website for disaster recovery.  This page will list the grants given from the fund as well as links to organizations providing direct services to people in need.

To make a donation to the West Kentucky Disaster Recovery Fund, send a check payable to the Community Foundation of West Kentucky, P. O. Box 7901, Paducah, KY  42002.  Please note West Kentucky Disaster Recovery Fund in the memo section. The Community Foundation of West Kentucky is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are fully deductible under the limits of the law.

If you wish to make another type of donation or if you have questions, contact the Community Foundation of West Kentucky at (270) 442-8622 or toll free at (855) 442-8623.  Our email address is

Click here to see our coverage of flood recovery updates across the region.

Datebook: May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  While Cinco de Mayo sees limited significance in Mexico itself, the date is observed nationwide mostly in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.  Learn more on The History Channel’s website.

Here’s Datebook for Thursday, May 5

There’s new information daily at regarding sheltering and volunteering needs in counties affected by flooding. The main page Major Flood Event click and The Front Blog click offer reports, flood pictures and data. WKMS news report scripts and audio are available as well.

The Jackson Purchase Friends of Bluegrass monthly bluegrass night at the Kentucky Opry is tomorrow night. These artists are expected to perform: Blue Reigns, The Kentucky Possum Wranglers and Carefree Highway with guest fiddler Leeandra Wells. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Opry’s in Draffenville.

LBL Visitors should check the Alerts & Notices page at for high water information, open/closed lists, and details before using the national recreation area. Use caution on all roads in LBL due to flooding and overly saturated soil conditions. Use caution when crossing creeks, streams, or any areas with standing or flowing water. All low lying areas should be avoided.

Enjoy a sunny day with your public radio home.

morning cram [benghazi edition]

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Rumor and fear are rife in Benghazi.

NPR reports Libyan rebels and citizens whisper of Gadhafi infiltrators:  sabotaging, bombing and intent on spreading chaos.

KENTUCKY~ Most of us are living in a newly declared federal disaster area as river levels crest today. Ballard and Carlisle Counties report receding floodwaters. Commercial traffic along the Ohio River is at a standstill. There’s a roadblock set up on US-60 in Livingston County. About 100 McCracken County homes were evacuated yesterday as thousands remain displaced3 are dead after a horrific Hickman County wreck. Murray and Calloway County will start picking up your debris next week. GM drops $100mil into Bowling Green’s Corvette plant.

TENNESSEE~ Union City’s Goodyear plant is still closing at the end of the year and some employees are transferring to other states.

ILLINOIS~ Union reps and Honeywell officials break up again. Gov Quinn is pushing to reform worker’s comp (for no more coverage for injuries off-the-clock).