It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays. That’s the word from the Secret Santa Cincy Foundation. The group is holding a Road Rally-Scavenger Hunt this weekend to help raise money for families in need at Christmas time. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with one of Santa’s anonymous “secret” helpers to find out what they have in store. (get registration information at www.secretsantacincy.comor call Bob Gerding at 513.703.1348 )
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kenton County is seeking volunteers to provide abused and neglected children with an adult to work on their behalf. CASA executive Director Nicky Jeffries says it’s a great way to help a child navigate the legal system. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Jeffries about who can volunteer and what it takes to be an advocate. ( get more information at www.casakentonky.org)
Montgomery County employees are inviting the public to the commons area behind the Juvenile Justice Center for the 2012 United Way Kickoff campaign picnic. County treasurer Carolyn Rice talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about why this event is so important to their fundraising efforts, and what to expect. ( get more information at www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCounty)
Local bikers will be revving their engines for a good cause this Sunday. The third annual Poker Run is scheduled for August 19th, and the proceeds will go to help children have a better Christmas. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to event coordinator Kenny Jones about the” Christmas in August” fundraiser for kids. (to get more information or register for the Poker Run contact Kenny Jones at 502-514-2450 )
On September ninth the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Cincinnati Parks and Recreation are hosting the One-hundred Fiftieth anniversary commemoration of the Black Brigade. Freedom Center Spokesman Richard Cooper says there will be events at Smale Park all day, followed by a concert from the Cincinnati Pops. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with Cooper to find out more about the celebration. ( get details at www.nurfc.org)
Black bear sightings in Kentucky are increasing this summer as drought conditions worsen across the state. People in populated areas, such as Lewis County have reported spotting the animals as recently as last week. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Marriccini talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about the increasing numbers of bears in the Bluegrass.
Young professionals of Cincinnati works are using their influence to impact impoverished people around the Tri-State with an online event titled “Labor of Love”. Director Peggy Zink says it’s a fundraising opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of its members and staff. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with Zink to find out more about Cincinnati Works. ( get more information about Cincinnati Works at www.cincinnatiworks.org or to help with their campaign visit www.razoo.com)
The Boone County Public Library and the Brighton Center are launching a year-long series of financial workshops called “Earn, Spend, Save” to help people of all ages manage their money more effectively. Library Spokesperson Carrie Herrmann says the initiative is being made possible through a grant from the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Herrmann to find out more about the program.
The Cincinnati Community Toolbank will officially open tomorrow. Spokesperson Kat Pepmeyer says it’s a lending resource dedicated to helping charitable and non-profit organizations by making tools available at a fraction of the rental cost. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Pepmeyer where the idea for a discount tool lending program came from. ( get more information at www.cincinnati.toolbank.org)