Hazard Community and Technical College prepares for KY Gives Day

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Starting at midnight on Wednesday, folks from across the commonwealth can donate to their favorite nonprofit. It is part of KY Gives Day.

On the Hazard Community and Technical College's campus, President Steve Greiner said there is one thing students can always use more of.

"We have seen a tremendous increase in the amount of scholarship applications and unfortunately, we are only able to fund 25 percent of the scholarships that are requested," said Greiner.

The HCTC president said that is why his school decided to participate in this year's KY Gives Day.

"It was hugely successful so we felt like it was a good time this year to get involved," said Greiner.

If you would like to donate to KY Gives Day, it is pretty simple. All you need to do is visit kygives.org and search for a cause to support.

All of the money HCTC gets will go to scholarships and the best part? A Hazard couple has agreed to match whatever amount they raise.

"We are so fortunate to have Greg and Noreen Wells in our community. They are great community supporters and supporters of Hazard Community and Technical College," said Greiner.

Kentucky Nonprofit Network representative Whitney Wilgus said that is what this event is all about.

"It is really an opportunity to not only donate and give to your favorite causes, but the potential for your dollars to go even farther that day," said Wilgus.

Again, you can start donating at midnight on Tuesday.
LONDON, Ky (WYMT) - Time is running out for non-profits looking to participate in Kentucky Gives Day. The 24 hour, statewide fundraising event is set for April 9, 2014.

Organizers tell WYMT there is a fast approaching deadline to make sure you get your piece of the pie.

In 2013, Kentucky Nonprofit Network spokeswoman Whitney Wilgus said the fundraiser raised $330,000 for charities.

"Last year, they were hugely successful and a lot of both donations and donors and non-profits, really, came from eastern Kentucky," said Wilgus.

That is why organizers want more to visit "kentuckygives.org" and sign up by Monday, March 17th.

"We hope non-profits will take advantage. It is free and it is something that is really fun," said Wilgus.

She adds that on Kentucky Gives Day folks can donate to their favorite nonprofit, like Red Bird Mission in Clay County, among others.

"If they are an animal lover like me, they could go search by animals and see all of the animal related causes in the state or they can search by location or keyword," said Wilgus.

This is a statewide event. Again, non-profits have until Monday, March 17th to register their charity.

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