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GoodGiving starts next week

The ninth annual GoodGiving Challenge is a just a week away.

This year, the challenge will run for one week, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

The challenge is a partnership between Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing and has raised $10 million for local charities since its inception in 2011.

Every day during the challenge, there will challenges and opportunities to win prizes for nonprofits when making a donation — secure contributions via credit card or ACH checking — at BGgives.org, according to a news release.

The Clark County Community Foundation will award matching grants to the more than 20 participating Clark County nonprofits, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 per organization, according to the release. Additional matches and prizes will be offered throughout the challenge.

This year’s list of Clark County nonprofits participating are:

— Achieving Recovery Together (ART): ART’s mission is to increase the number of people living in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder and to make the quality/accessibility of services easier to manage by creating a recovery oriented system of care.

— Bluegrass Community and Technical College Winchester-Clark County campus: As a regional campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College, the Winchester-Clark County Campus provides academic and technical coursework, workforce training and GED programs. Students take high school dual-enrollment classes, complete workforce certificates, diplomas and associate degrees and/or transfer on to a four-year college or university. For more information, email bruce.manley@kctcs.edu or visit bluegrass.kctcs.edu.

— Bluegrass Heritage Museum: The Bluegrass Heritage Museum brings the history of the area to life by collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting objects valuable to the history of Winchester, Clark County and the region. The museum offers three floors filled with continually-evolving galleries focusing on agriculture, Civil War and other military history, instrument-maker Homer Ledford and more. For more information, email bgheritage@bellsouth.net or visit bgheritage.com.

— Clark County Community Services: The mission of Clark County Community Services is to provide a central location where people can receive assistance in times of crisis with their basic needs of food, clothing, housing and utilities. For more information, email kristyweckwert@clarkcountycommunityservices.com or visit clarkcountycommunityservices.org.

— Clark County Homeless Coalition: CCHC empowers the homeless through crisis housing, comprehensive case management, professional counseling, life skills, employment skills and housing assistance. Each year, CCHC serves more than 225 homeless men, women and families providing the skills and encouragement to achieve and maintain stable housing. The Recovery Support Program also helps those in recovery to rebuild their lives. CCHC provides support that continues long after the homeless are housed to ensure they remain housed. For more information, email terry@cchc.org or visit cchcky.org.

— Friends of Hemp: Friends of Hemp is advancing the U.S. industrial hemp industry through education and opportunity. The group works to improve access to education, producer grants and small-business grants. Formerly Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation, Friends of Hemp collaborates with local and national organizations to enhance market development of the re-emerging hemp industry. For more information, email wearefriendsofhempa@gmail.com or visit friendsofhemp.org.

— Friends of the Clark County Animal Shelter: Friends of the Clark County Animal Shelter is a volunteer organization committed to saving animals from the local shelter to reduce and even eliminate the need for euthanasia by arranging to transport animals from the overwhelmed local shelter to rescues in areas where effective spay and neuter regulations have dramatically lowered the number of animals needing homes. In addition to saving animals from the shelter, we support access to low-cost and free spay and neuter services for the community.

— Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties: Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties partners with homeowners to build or improve a place they call home. Habitat homeowners work alongside community volunteers to build a safe, decent, affordable home that is energy efficient. Habitat also performs exterior home repairs to help low-income neighbors maintain housing stability. Many homeowners don’t have the necessary resources to perform critical repairs. These repairs restore a good overall quality of life. For more information, email jennifer@habitatmadisonclark.org or visit habitatmadisonclark.org.

— Holly Rood: Holly Rood is a 200-year-old house which belongs to the people of Clark County and Kentucky. It was built as a home for James and Susan Clark with construction beginning in 1812 and completed in 1814. James later became the governor of Kentucky. The house has seen the Civil War, two World Wars, the sinking of the Titanic and rock ’n roll and has survived it all. Holly Rood is used to promote the understanding of local history, while being actively involved in the present. For more information, email debbiebarnesflowers@gmail.com or visit hollyroodevents.com.

— Hospice East: Hospice East is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to serving terminally-ill patients and their families in Clark and Powell counties. Staff provides physical, social, psychological and spiritual care, and bereavement counseling that is open to anyone in the community. Palliative Care Partners and community palliative programs offer services to chronically-ill patients who may otherwise fall through the cracks of the health care system. For more information, visit hospiceeast.com.

— Lady Veterans Connect: LVC provides a transitional housing program for homeless women veterans where they can live for one year while receiving programs and counseling for healing and becoming productive citizens again.

— Leeds Center for the Arts: Leeds Center for the Arts has been used by the community in Clark County for more than 90 years. What started as a movie theater was converted to a community arts venue in the 1980s. In recent years it has seen a dramatic resurgence of interest and attendance in arts events. While serving all of Central Kentucky, Leeds has a passion to improve the quality of life for the residents in Clark County. For more information, email contact@leedscenter.org or visit leedscenter.org.

— Legacy Greenscapes: Legacy Greenscapes, Inc. (LG) was founded in 2017 to provide leadership and financial support to promote green spaces located in Winchester and Clark County for generations to come. Its primary purpose is to manage Legacy Grove, the Traveling Trail and other public spaces so people can freely enjoy clean, safe and beautiful parks. LG relies on contributions to operate the parks.

— LIFE for Pets: LIFE for Pets works in the Central Kentucky area to eliminate the need for euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs and feral cats. This is done through low-cost spay and neuter and Trap-Neuter-Return programs. Volunteers also work to educate the public on the importance of spay and neuter of their pets and how this helps to prevent countless litters of unwanted kittens and puppies from ending up in the shelters each year. For more information, email lifeforpets@gmail.com or visit Facebook.com/lifeforpets.

— New Beginnings of Winchester: New Beginnings’ mission is to equip women and men to make life-affirming choices regarding sexual integrity, pregnancy and parenting to age three. The staff and volunteers value unborn human life and are one of the first resources for women facing untimely pregnancies and parenting challenges in Clark and surrounding counties. By sharing the Gospel and love of Christ, New Beginnings gives clients hope even in difficult situations. For more information, email becki@newbeginningsofwinchester.org or visit newbeginningsofwinchester.org.

— Partners in Education (PIE): PIE’s mission is to enhance the quality of instructional services provided to students through the use of school volunteers and business partners. PIE offers opportunities for businesses, organizations and individuals to be involved in various ways with students and staff, thus providing human and fiscal resources to schools and students. PIE partners with the Kiwanis Club for BUG (Bringing Up Grades) for third graders, providing encouragement to more than 400 students. The newest program is Experts for Education, with guest volunteers who speak to classes about their occupation or hobby about which they are passionate. For more information, email greg.yates@clark.kyschools.us or visit teach.clarkschools.net/depts/partnersineducation/.

— Rose Mary C. Brooks Place: Brooks Place provides independent and assisted living to seniors in Clark County and surrounding areas. Brooks Place provides a safe, comfortable community for independent seniors who do not require assistance with daily living and assisted living for those who require assistance with activities of daily living. For more information, visit brooksplace.org.

— Rowland Arts Center (RAC): The RAC’s goal is to encourage the young people in the community to “dream big” and prepare them for success in their middle and high school years. Staff invests time and energy as mentors, seeking first to offer an environment of safety and trust, then working intentionally to have meaningful conversations with the students. Mentors identify areas of need for the students — physical, emotional, academic — and work to develop plans and programs to help meet these needs. For more information, email joseph@rowlandartscenter.com or visit rowlandartscenter.com.

— St. Agatha Academy: St. Agatha Academy is a vibrant learning community anchored in Christ. SAA is catholic school within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington offering a classical liberal arts education program beginning with Montessori preschool, Montessori kindergarten, elementary program (grades 1-5) and a middle school program (grades 6-8). For more information, email jpica@cdlex.org or visit sainagathaacademy.org.

— STRIDE: STRIDE works with children and adults with disabilities and developmental delays and their families. The program offers therapy service, a day-training program, one-on-one community living supports, respite, summer camps, Special Olympics and more. The goal is to improve the lives of the children and adults who participate. For more information, email kystride@aol.com or visit strideky.org.

— Winchester Clark County Farmers Market: The Winchester-Clark County Farmers’ Market is the only Kentucky Proud farmers’ market serving the community. The market offers locally-grown produce, meats, honey, baked good, jams, jellies, sauces, flowers and crafts from local growers and artisans. The market also sponsors various events, including Kid’s Bucks Day, the Vegetable Festival and BBQ Festival, and administers the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and SNAP. For more information, visit the market’s Facebook page.

— Winchester Youth Soccer League: WYSL is a recreational sports program that allows children to learn and grow physically, mentally and socially while playing soccer. The goal is to provide a safe and healthy atmosphere for children of all backgrounds and abilities. Each child plays at least half of their game during a fall and spring season to help keep children active and interested in this ever-growing sport. For more information, email gregherringshaw@hotmail.com or visit winchesterysl.com.

The Clark County Community Foundation will also host their fourth annual chili cook-off on the final day of the challenge, 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at College Park Gym. Each of the 23 nonprofits have partnered with a local restaurant to make chili samples.

Clark County Community Foundation will provide $1 tokens to all attendees to donate to the participating nonprofit of their choice. Attendees will get to vote on their favorite chili, and prizes will be awarded. The event is free and open to the public.