KCEOC asking community to give back

It’s the season of giving and KCEOC advancement director Kayla Sergent spoke at the November 28 Knox County Chamber of Commerce meeting to asking for help to fund programs, provide items and food to needy families and work toward their goal to improve the community and create opportunities for change.

Last year, KCEOC helped 6,000 low income people in their service region become self-sufficient and helped 92 homeless women and children get housing through their homeless shelter and various programs. Programs target housing needs, child development and food services, just to name a few.

“The goal of community action is to end poverty but in reality, that probably won’t ever happen, so we strive to help as many people as we can get out of poverty and help themselves and become self-sufficient,” said Sergent.

A few ways Sergent highlighted how the community can help KCEOC this season include:

Adopting a family in the homeless shelter. The needs per person usually costs approximately $25 per month. Monetary donations can be made or supplies can be dropped off to benefit the families in the shelter.

Utilize Kroger Rewards. A portion of your purchases will go to KCEOC when you scan your Kroger Reward card while shopping at the store or gas station.

Utilize Good Search for internet browsing. For every click while searching online, some money will be donated to KCEOC.

Shop Amazon Smile. A portion of your purchases will go to KCEOC when you shop Amazon and select KCEOC as your organization to give back to.

Drop off donations at Goodwill. All Goodwill donations can be donated to KCEOC through their account with the company.

KCEOC is always looking for monetary and item donations, too.

“We are encouraging everyone to go online and donate $5. $5 will provide a meal for a child in the homeless shelter. $10 provides two meals. $25 will provide the supplies for a month for one person at the shelter,” continued Sergent. “It’s one of our greatest needs at the shelter.”

Those who cannot afford a monetary donation are also encouraged to donate supplies/items or even their time. For more information about giving back to KCEOC, call their main Gray, Ky office at 546-3152 or email Kayla Sergent directly at klsergent@kceoc.org.

In other Chamber news, President James McDowell reported the annual Chamber banquet was a success.

“I felt like it turned out very well and it seemed like a good success. I want to thank everybody, particularly Claudia [Greenwood] for all the hard work in putting that on,” said McDowell.

Finally, all reports and minutes were accepted. Chamber will not meet in December due to the holidays. The next meeting is scheduled for January 30, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.