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Making coffee and beautiful music at the Point Perk in Covington — to benefit the Point Arc

It’s more than just a cup of coffee for Jonathan Wiseman, it’s a way of life. The 30-year-old Wiseman is a Barista at The Point Perk – a full-service coffee shop that is both a high-quality asset for the community and a life-changing employment opportunity for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jonathan Wiseman (Photo by Cora Angel) “I worked at a mom and pop coffee shop...

Behringer-Crawford Museum’s NKY History Hour presents ‘A Century of Scouting’ this Wednesday

From the time the first troop in the U.S. was formed in the Commonwealth more than 100 years ago, thousands of Northern Kentucky youth have learned survival, service and leadership skills as members of the Boy Scouts of America. Join speaker Shane Noem in this week’s NKY History Hour at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday for “A Century of Scouting: The History of Boy Scouts in NKY,” a deep...

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for volunteer Bigs to connect with Littles in need of an adult mentor

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati (BBBS) is celebrating National Mentoring Month. “The goal is to provide a positive adult role model for a child, one who they can count on that they know will be there for them,” says Donna Herrmann-Vogel, Chief Program Officer. Northern Kentucky kids are waiting, in need of volunteers to be mentors or “Bigs.” Donna...

Kentucky Youth Advocates to hold Children’s Advocacy Week, virtually, to engage with legislators on critical issues

Hundreds of youth advocates from across Kentucky typically gather in Frankfort for the annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. This year, with the need to reduce in-person events and because one day is not enough for this important advocacy, we have shifted to Children’s Advocacy WEEK. Advocates, state leaders, youth, and media are invited to participate in a series of virtual events...

Point Arc holds ‘vaccine rally’ at NKY Health Dept. to say ‘We Need Vaccines Now’ for the vulnerable

Staff report The Point Arc organized a “vaccine rally” in the parking lot of the Northern Kentucky Health Department on Friday to make the point that “We Need Vaccines Now.” The group generally objects to being left our of Tier 1A and Tier 1B, which defines groups that are eligible for vaccines. “WE ARE 10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF COVID,” said one sign. A press...

People Working Cooperatively gets grants to provide critical repairs to homeowners around the region

People Working Cooperatively (PWC) has received $275,000 in grant funding from local organizations to support critical home repairs and modifications, service programs and more: • $125,000 has been awarded by the CenterPoint Energy Foundation to support home repairs and modifications in the Dayton region; • $50,000 has been awarded by the Truist Foundation for PWC technology upgrades; • $30,000...

The Carnegie adds Little Free Library in front of Eva G. Farris Education Center, offer free access to books

The Carnegie has added a Little Free Library to its grounds in front of The Carnegie’s Eva G. Farris Education Center. Offering free access to books, the Little Library is open to the public under the “take a book, leave a book” model. In partnership with the Kenton County Public Library, the initial book collection for the libraries was funded by a $1,000 grant from Save the Children, an international...

City of Erlanger launches $1.2m Business Relief to help mitigate effects of pandemic

The City of Erlanger has launched Northern Kentucky’s largest COVID-19 relief program to help small and medium sized businesses struggling with the financial impact of the pandemic. At $1.2 million, the Erlanger Business Relief Program – which has been approved by Erlanger City Council – is the largest COVID-19 business assistance program in Northern Kentucky. Businesses interested...

Community Action Agencies open enrollment for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance until March 31

Community Action Agencies across Kentucky are now accepting applications for the Crisis Component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Open enrollment will run through March 31 or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Qualified residents should apply at their local Community Action Agencies. To locate your local office, please call 800-456-3452. “Many...

Covington pays last three grants from business assistance program; other help is available

One of the City of Covington’s grant programs set up to help businesses survive financially during the pandemic has come to end with the last funds allocated. The $625,000 Emergency Business Assistance Program was funded with federal CARES Act money funneled through the City and $250,000 from the Kenton County Fiscal Court. But with Congress declining to include local governments in the $900 billion...

Quarles announces grant funding opportunities now open at the Kentucky Department of Agricultures

Several grant funding opportunities are open at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture offers a number of grant funding opportunities to support farmers, restaurants, and research institutions every year,” Commissioner Quarles said. “These grant programs are more important than ever before...

Family Promise joins forces with Welcome House to provide shelter and more to region’s homeless

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, a homeless non-profit agency, has joined in partnership with Family Promise. Family Promise is a group of individuals, community leaders, faith communities, corporate partners and civic organizations working together to change the lives of homeless and low-income families in Northern Kentucky by creating sustainable independence. Family Promise utilizes local churches...

Annual NAACP Martin Luther King luncheon, scholarship program on Jan. 18 at Newport Syndicate

Ramona Malone, Board President, Newport Independent Schools will be keynote speaker at the Northern Kentucky Branch NAACP 18th Annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Community Outreach Luncheon. The theme for the luncheon is “We Will All Get Through This Together.” The luncheon will be held at the Newport Syndicate, 18 East Fifth Street, Newport, on Monday, January 18. The NAACP Dr. King Community...

Girl Scouts in Northern Kentucky, Lexington use ingenuity for safe, social-distant cookie sales

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season earlier this year with safety in mind and using new digital tools: Girl Scout Digital Cookie and Smart Cookies Mobile App platform. Now, Kentucky Girl Scouts announces its participation in a national collaboration with food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub, for facilitation of contact-free cookie...

Horizon Community Funds provides $45k in COVID relief grants to nonprofits, schools

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has distributed more than $45,000 across four nonprofits and a local middle school, bringing relief support totals to nearly $750,000 for Northern Kentucky through the community foundation. The following grants have been deployed across Northern Kentucky: $20,000 to Saint Vincent de Paul of Northern Kentucky $20,000 to EC Learn $4,820 to Welcome House and...