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David Herriman fund at GCF gives annual arts funding awards to Cinci Opera, Q-Kidz, ish Festival

The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has granted its third annual arts funding awards, totaling $226,000, to three regional arts organizations: Cincinnati Opera, Q-Kidz and ish Festival. David Herriman This is the third year for the Herriman grants, which will be awarded annually to arts organizations in the eight-county GCF funding region — Butler, Clermont, Hamilton...

Kentucky Humanities’ Kentucky Reads novel is The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson

Kentucky Humanities has selected Crystal Wilkinson’s The Birds of Opulence for its 2021 Kentucky Reads. The novel will be at the center of statewide conversations on the dynamics of family and community, the strength of women, and the stigmas surrounding mental illness. Kentucky Reads will offer 25 scholar-led discussions of The Birds of Opulence to community organizations throughout the Commonwealth....

Kenton County Public Library going ‘fine free’ in 2021 — no overdue fines on most items

The Kenton County Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines on most items. This comes months after a successful amnesty program in which the library saw the return of many items considered lost as well as significant supportive comments from the public. Dave Schroeder, the Library’s Executive Director states, “Libraries across the nation are beginning to go fine free. They have...

Horizon Community Funds, Transitions Inc. launch new fund to support recovery treatment and services

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and Transitions, Inc. have launched a fund to support the nonprofit’s work to provide trauma-informed, person-centered, and recovery-focused treatment and support services. Nancy Grayson “Transitions addresses a critical need in Northern Kentucky,” said Horizon Community Funds President Nancy Grayson. “While substance use has always affected many...

Play ball: Alternative Baseball Organization hopes to start teams for autistic players; needs volunteers

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Baseball is iconic. It is an American family tradition. There is something about the game that brings a spirit of togetherness. Taylor Duncan, a determined and inspiring young man, took his passion and love for the game and channeled it into founding the Alternative Baseball Organization (ABO), a baseball experience for those with autism and other disabilities. Taylor...

The Point/Arc and Judi Gerding have been going strong for 49 to provide ever-expanding I/DD services

By Andy Furman The Point/Arc It’s 49 years and counting for The Point/Arc. And for Judi Gerding, President and Founder of The Point/Arc, it has been a personal journey to foster a better life for her son Steve, as well as other individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities – known as I/DD. Steve was diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybu Syndrome at a young age. In 1972, three parent groups...

Webinar on ‘Stopping Vaping and Substance Use’ free on Jan. 11; how to prevent youth risky behaviors

Substance use among youth is a persistent problem in Kentucky according to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Self-reported vaping during the high school years – when the overwhelming majority of adult tobacco users got started – is at a rate of one in four in Kentucky, and that rate was rising dramatically through 2019. High school alcohol use, while declining for more than two decades,...

Girl Scouts launch 2021 cookie season with new cookie and innovative digital tools to sell virtually

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) had to quickly navigate unexpected changes during the 2020 cookie season due to COVID-19. For 2021, Girl Scout Cookies are back and Kentucky Girl Scouts are more prepared than ever to sell safely with new innovative virtual tools that will optimize socially distant and contactless sales. Kentucky Girl Scouts are also adding a brand new cookie, the...

Kenton County Public Library gets 5-Star Ranking from Library Journal — its highest ever

The latest Library Journal Star Rankings are out, and Kenton County Public Library has been ranked #6 in the country in its category, its highest ever ranking. The Kenton County Public Library also received five stars (the highest possible). It is one of only 17 libraries in the southeastern United States to be ranked at all. Annually Library Journal ranks libraries across the country based on...

Center for Great Neighborhoods begins with great neighbors, finding strengths, and filling needs

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter The Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington is improving lives and the community. Serving Covington residents since 1976, The Center has evolved from a direct service, social services agency to community development. Helping people find their strengths to better the community is at the heart of what they do. Kate Green Their philosophy is everyone has something...

OPEN LETTER TO OUR READERS: We need your support as NewsMatch deadline (Dec. 31) looms

To our readers: The NKyTribune needs your support as the December 31 deadline looms for the annual match from the coalition of national donors who provide NewsMatch funds. Given the terrific COVID-driven needs in our region, we have not been as aggressive in promoting our NewsMatch campaign this year. We have hungry people to feed, the homeless to house, a pandemic to address, restaurant workers to...

New Perceptions works with individual employer partners to help adults with disabilities find careers

New Perceptions provides children and adults in Northern Kentucky with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and other barriers with services to reach their maximum potential. New Perceptions, works with 250-plus individual employer partners in the area through its Project Employ Program, which helps to set up adults with careers in which they can thrive. St. Elizabeth Hospital has been one...

Bluegrass Care Navigators takes Camp Hope, a bereavement program for kids, virtual and it worked

BlueGrass Care Navigators had to adjust its Camp Hope sessions this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the creative bereavement counselors — and the kids — adapted in ways that made the virtual camp a success. Camp Hope was held virtually in October to help children cope with the grief of losing a loved one in a safe and positive setting. While this was a new experience for our young...

BCM presents NKY History Hour on the 19th Amendment with historian Paul Tenkotte on Dec. 30

In 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Join author and historian Paul A. Tenkotte as he explores the astounding stories of the success of Northern Kentucky’s suffrage leaders in the next virtual NKY History Hour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 30. Paul Tenkotte To register and participate, click here. Information on how to connect to the sessions...

Horizon’s ‘Give Where You Live’ giving circle awards $10,000 grant to Emergency Shelter of NKY

Horizon Community Funds’ Give Where You Live NKY giving circle members gathered on Zoom to give $10,000 to Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky in a process that took less than an hour. The grants cap off a year of quarterly meetings that brought upwards of $25,000 in giving by community members in 2020 alone.  “We are proud to present the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky with this...