Like many people, we were saddened by the recent devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky and the damage caused. Below are a few ways that you can help give back or participate in recovery efforts with Commerce Lexington members. As more information becomes available, we will pass it along. If you know of other relief efforts, please send the information to Mark Turner at Commerce Lexington. The newest notices appear at the top.
WYMT, CW Lexington to Air Flood Relief Telethon TONIGHT
Eastern Kentucky natives Halfway to Hazard, Tyler Booth and Taylor Austin Dye will join T. Graham Brown at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg for the ‘Appalachia Rises: Come Hell or High Water’ flood relief telethon. The live event starts at 7 p.m. and will air on WYMT, wymt.com, WKYT’s CW Lexington and wsaz.com. In addition to live performances from the artists listed above, other big names like Trace Adkins, Dillion Carmichael, Lee Greenwood and Tracy Lawrence, along with Kentucky favorites John Michael Montgomery, Walker Montgomery, JD Shelburne and Wynonna Judd have committed their time and support to the event. A limited number of tickets will are on sale now at macarts.com for $15. Donations will be taken at the door for those who are able to get tickets and be there in person. All of the proceeds of the event will go to the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky. For more information, or to donate online, VISIT HERE.
Dine at J. Render's Southern Table & Bar TODAY to Help Two Families Affected by Flooding in Eastern Kentucky
J. Render's (3191 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington 40513) is asking its regulars and patrons to TAKE ACTION to help the victims of the recent Eastern Kentucky floods. The restaurant has identified two families with multiple children that lost everything. If you feel led to participate, here’s how you can help:
   
  1. Pick an angel at the restaurant: We have each family member's name and clothing sizes if you’d like to adopt an individual and shop for what they need specifically.
  2. Donate totes: As they acquire goods and new belongings, there is no where to put them. We need large plastic boxes with lids and tote bags (who doesn’t have multiple bags they could give away?)
  3. Purchase gift cards: It’s important they are cards that can be used in Eastern KY. Gift cards in any amount from the following locations are much appreciated: Walmart, Dollar General, Save-a-Lot, Loews, & Food City.
  4. Dine with us on August 29: Join us on August 29 all day and enjoy Bluegrass Music from 7-9 pm, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the 2 families.
Kinetic By Windstream Accepting Donations Across KY
Kinetic By Windstream is accepting donations for Eastern Kentucky flood victims at any of its Retail or Corporate offices in Kentucky. Items needed include household cleaning supplies, bleach, five-gallon buckets with lids, shovels and blankets. To find a retail store near you in Kentucky, VISIT HERE. The Windstream corporate office in Lexington is located at 130 W. New Circle Road, Suite 170.
UK Federal Credit Union Donates to American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter
The University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union (UKFCU) recently presented the American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter with a donation totaling $133,600 to aid in the Flood Relief Fund for Eastern Kentucky. On August 1st, UK Federal Credit Union launched a donation campaign in partnership with the American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter to help raise money to provide much-needed relief to all affected by the devastation. UK Federal Credit Union pledged to make an initial donation of $25,000 while matching community and member donations dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 with a goal of donating $75,000. UKFCU exceeded its goal due to the outpouring of the community’s and its members’ support.
LCA Students Organized Donation Drive for Flood Victims
Lexington Christian Academy students, faculty and staff recently collected items to help both Breathitt and Floyd County Schools get back on their feet. About 110 backpacks were donated stuffed with school supplies for those in Floyd County, and monetary donations were collected to buy clothes and shoes for students in Breathitt County Schools. Kudos to LCA for their efforts! Read more ON-LINE HERE.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Re-Launches KFB For Kentucky Relief Fund to Aid Families Affected by Flooding
Kentucky Farm Bureau has re-launched its KFB for Kentucky Relief Fund to aid the families and communities affected by the recent flooding. This special account is used to give people a trusted way to financially support those in need through the coming weeks and months of disaster recovery. KFB is collecting funds through the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. VISIT HERE to make a donation. Employees at the KFB state office and fifteen regional offices, along with KFB agents, recently pitched in to collect items for the flood victims. They filled a truck with 9,804 pounds of donated goods to be distributed through God's Pantry Food Bank. 
Quantrell Auto Group Accepting Items for Flood Victims
The Quantrell Auto Group is continuing to collect donated items for flood victims in Eastern Kentucky. UPDATED LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED: Baby items such as diapers, bottles, formula; laundry detergent; bath towels; rubber gloves; 55 gallon trash bags; mops & buckets; brooms; cleaning rags; paper towels; toilet paper; fans; sleeping bags; blankets; tents; air mattresses with pump. If you have items to donate, contact Diana Keating at 859-266-2161. Donations will be delivered to First Church of God in Jackson, KY.
My Favorite Things Still Collecting Items for Hindman Settlement School and Eastern KY Flood Victims
My Favorite Things Lexington (2721 Old Rosebud Road, Suite 110) is taking donation drop-offs for the Hindman Settlement School and Eastern Kentucky flood victims. Contact the store at (859) 264-0923. An updated list of needs appears in the graphic below.
Humana Discount offered to Chamber Members
Humana's Philanthropic Arm Donates $500,000 for Flood Relief & Recovery
Humana's philanthropic arm, The Humana Foundation, is donating $500,000 towards relief and recovery efforts for those impacted by torrential rains and flooding in Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The donation will help with basic needs like shelter, food and medical care while addressing the overall recovery efforts, and will be allocated as follows: $250,000 to Governor Beshear's Team Eastern KY Relief Fund, $150,000 to Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky Crisis Aid, and $100,000 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to support other impacted areas.
Traditional Bank's Eastern Kentucky Relief Fund Reaches $120,000
In response to the devastating floods that recently ravaged eastern Kentucky, Traditional Bank recently established the Eastern KY Relief Fund. The bank pledged to match your donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. In just two weeks, the match was met and Traditional Bank sent the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) Disaster Relief Program $120,000! While the match has been met, we will continue to serve as a vehicle for donations through August 31, 2022. At that time, we will donate the remaining funds to the CAP Disaster Relief Program. Donations may be made by cash or check at any Traditional Bank location in Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Montgomery, Menifee and Shelby counties. Online donations are available through the website.
Kentucky Bourbon Benefit Raises More than $1.4 Million
The Kentucky Bourbon Benefit online auction of rare and vintage bottles, exclusive private barrel selections and unique tourism and tasting offerings raised more than $1.4 million for Eastern Kentucky flood relief. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Bourbon Crusaders charitable organization and Bourbon curator Fred Minnick joined forces again, this time to support recovery and rebuilding efforts from the catastrophic flooding in Eastern Kentucky. The online auction ended on August 21. All proceeds will go directly to the state’s official Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to assist those impacted by flooding.
Bank of Lexington Branch Locations Serving as Drop Off Location for March of Dimes' Diaper Drive
Bank of Lexington is currently serving as a drop off location for a diaper drive organized by March of Dimes for the Eastern Kentucky flood victims. Please drop off any new and unopened diapers and wipes (any brand/size) to any of the Bank of Lexington branch locations during normal business hours.
Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) Opens Flood Relief Distribution Center in Floyd County; Updated Needs
Christian Appalachian Project’s (CAP) Disaster Relief Program has opened a distribution center at 6134 KY-80 in Martin, Kentucky. The center will provide essential items like cleaning supplies, water, and diapers to local residents impacted by recent flooding. The distribution center will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the center as well – NO USED CLOTHING. Needed items include new towels, new sheets, new pillows, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, Dawn, shovels, 5-gallon buckets with bleach, scrub brushes, cleaning towels, disinfectant soap, dust masks, gloves, and heavy-duty garbage bags. First aid supplies, dehumidifiers, fans, children's medicines, and pain relievers are also needed. Gift cards to Walmart, Lowe’s, Dairy Queen, and McDonald’s are also being accepted. These cards are provided to residents who are displaced and temporarily living in shelters. To volunteer, send an email with your name, contact information, and your availability to Becky Neuenschwander. If you wish to support CAP’s efforts to provide flood relief, please visit CAP's website HERE.
Housing Development Alliance Seeking Volunteers
Commerce Lexington member Christian Motley (Unite Us) passed along some volunteer needs from the Housing Development Alliance in Hazard. The organization is taking crews to muck out houses Monday-Saturday at least through 8/27. There are also other volunteer opportunities, including assistance at its supply distribution center, with hot meal prep, and at the animal shelter. Volunteers (individuals + small/large groups) are asked to complete a VOLUNTEER INTAKE FORM HERE so they can get people added to the schedule. There are also volunteer sign-up forms for opportunities in Breathitt County and Knott County.
Baptist Health System Assisting Flood Affected Areas
Baptist Health and its employees are rounding up medical and household supplies to assist healthcare providers and families in Letcher and Clay counties. In addition to assisting fellow employees affected by the flooding, the Baptist Health system and its staff are providing support to residents in Whitesburg and Fleming-Neon in Letcher County and Manchester in Clay County. Baptist Health employees at each hospital are rounding up much-needed baby food, baby formula, paper products, personal hygiene products, bottled water, and non-perishable food. In addition, the Baptist Health Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund has been expanded to assist not only staff members affected by the flood but also the communities in need. Donations to the Baptist Health Foundation may be made ON-LINE HERE.
LG&E & KU Sends Crews to Aid Flood Relief in Eastern Kentucky
In the wake of catastrophic flooding that has taken dozens of lives and left a trail of devastation throughout Eastern Kentucky, Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. announced recently a contribution of $50,000 to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund set up by Gov. Andy Beshear. In addition to financial flood relief support, LG&E and KU released more than three dozen contract line technicians to assist Kentucky Power in restoration efforts as they work to make repairs and reenergize energy service to customers.
Kentucky American Water Lends Support to Relief Efforts
Kentucky American Water, in collaboration with American Water and two subsidiaries, and the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) are lending support to the relief efforts in Eastern Kentucky following the recent catastrophic floods. Kentucky American Water, American Water, Indiana American Water and West Virginia American Water have collectively delivered 23,000 gallons of drinking water to Eastern Kentucky through tankers of water and bottled water donations. Kentucky American Water is sent an additional two truckloads of bottled water. Additionally, the American Water Charitable Foundation has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross for support of the Red Cross Eastern Kentucky flood relief efforts. Kentucky American Water also worked closely with the AWCF to set up a fundraising campaign with American Water employees. The campaign has already raised an additional $3,000 and the total continues to rise.
Toyota Announces Donations, Payment Relief Assistance for Flood Victims
Toyota announced $750,000 in donations to assist with immediate needs and long-term recovery efforts following catastrophic flooding in Eastern Kentucky. Toyota employees are also rallying to support immediate needs through donation drives. The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky – Flood Relief Fund will receive $500,000 to help support families throughout Eastern Kentucky struggling for access to shelter, food, water and other basic needs. SBP, Toyota’s longstanding disaster resilience, response and recovery partner, will receive $250,000 to help guide flooding survivors as they navigate the federal funding application and appeals processes, share on-line recovery tools and work with high-risk communities on how to mitigate and prepare for future disasters. Toyota Financial Services is offering payment relief options to its impacted customers. This broad outreach includes any Toyota Financial Services (TFS) or Lexus Financial Services (LFS) customer in the designated disaster areas. Find out more ON-LINE HERE.
God's Pantry Flood Relief Fund
God's Pantry Food Bank is working with Feeding America, Feeding Kentucky, and other organizations active in disaster response to address the needs of the communities quickly and effectively. You can provide assistance to our neighbors in the affected areas by giving to the God’s Pantry Food Bank Flood Relief Fund. These funds will be used to directly support these communities in their recovery efforts. Visit the flood relief donations page HERE. God's Pantry has deployed cleaning supplies, clothing, water, and food into Perry, Breathitt, Floyd, and Martin Counties thus far. Deployments will continue throughout the week and beyond into all 14 counties impacted by flash floods. 
Experienced Stays Collecting Supplies for Flood Relief
Emily Sharp at Experienced Stays reported that they are collecting donations and supplies for Eastern Kentucky flood relief efforts. Items accepted include water, cleaning supplies, canned/dry food, clothes, garbage bags and pet supplies. If you have items to donate, contact Experienced Stays at 859-536-8434 or 606-657-8167. Any monetary donations will be used to purchase needed supplies.
ARH Foundation Flood Relief Fund Still Taking Donations
Individuals can donate to the ARH Foundation Fund for Flood Relief and the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky Crisis Fund. On-line donations to the fund can be made HERE. According to Appalachian Regional Healthcare, the following items are being accepted at its Lexington office at 2260 Executive Drive. Please note that the ARH Lexington Office will now be a self-service donation drop-off location for supplies for the flood victims in EKY. When dropping off items at our building, please use one of the designated drop off bins for donations. No volunteers will be on site to assist in unloading items on weekends.
United Way of Kentucky Opens Disaster Fund
In the wake of last week's flooding in Eastern Kentucky, the United Way of Kentucky has opened the "United Way of Kentucky Disaster Fund" in partnership with United Way of the Bluegrass and other associated local United Ways around the Commonwealth. Find more information and make a donation to fund ON-LINE HERE. 100-percent of the funds raised will go directly to the recovery efforts.
Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund Established
Governor Beshear has established the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the floods and the severe weather system. All donations to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating. DONATE ON-LINE HERE or you may mail checks made payable to "Kentucky State Treasurer" to Public Protection Cabinet, 500 Mero Street, 218 NC, Frankfort, KY 40601. In the memo line, please note the donation is for the "Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund." To volunteer through Kentucky Emergency Management, VISIT HERE.
LEX18, UK Continue to Raise Funds for American Red Cross
Rupp Arena, in partnership with LEX18, American Red Cross and Kentucky Men’s Basketball, held a Kentucky Flood Relief Telethon recently at Rupp Arena. Fans watched the Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team at an open practice. People can continue to donate ON-LINE HERE.
Kentucky Chamber, KSR Partner to Build Flood Relief Fund
Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR) and the Kentucky Chamber Foundation are partnering to build a relief fund for our fellow Kentuckians to ensure they are able to rebuild. With the money raised in this fund, our two groups will be working with local communities, local chambers, as well as our state and local elected officials to ensure the needs of these areas are met in the wake of tragedy. The Kentucky Chamber Foundation, Inc., is a Section 501(c)(3) public charity and donations to it are generally eligible for tax deduction. KSR and the Kentucky Chamber are committed to helping rebuild our communities and we appreciate your help and the overwhelming compassion and generosity of so many. [DONATE ON-LINE HERE]