KYALA participated in New Directions Housing Corporation’s Repair Affair on June 10. Repair Affair mobilizes resources and volunteers to make repairs on homes owned by low income homeowners who are elderly or disabled. The focus of Repair Affair is on home safety, security, weatherizing, and neighborhood stability. Most repairs are completed in one day. We chose two houses to work on, helping homeowners with yard work, exterior painting and window repair. Member volunteers were joined by business partners Ellen Kuhn and Jim Ray, and two attorneys from Frost Brown Todd, Emily Meyer and Brad Butler to complete these projects.
The 2017 KYALA Spring Retreat was held at Wooden Glen Conference Center in Henryville, Indiana on March 23-24. Members and Business Partners participated in a variety of educational sessions and networking events. Laura Broomell, ALA President, was the keynote speaker providing us with an Association update and insight into the direction ALA is moving. After an outstanding dinner Thursday evening, all attendees participated in a “competitive” game of Spoons, with Jason Hall of DTI being crowned the first annual “Spoons Champion!” The evening was capped off with lively conversation and smores around the fire pit. Special thanks to all our Business Partner sponsors: BB&T Insurance, Commonwealth Technology, DTI, Harper Engraving, ImageQuest, IST Management, Kentuckiana Court Reporters, LogicForce Consulting, Miller Document Solutions, OneSource Discovery, Pro-Tem Legal Solutions, Ricoh, Ritman Associates and Royal Cup Coffee.
The Kentucky Chapter ALA participated in the Louisville Bar Association’s annual Back to School project in August. The Bar Association conducts a drive to collect school supplies to support Jefferson County Public Schools. Local elementary schools with the highest percentage of students enrolled in free or reduced lunch programs are chosen to receive the donations. The program is designed to ensure that all donations reach students and families with the greatest need. Many of the Chapter’s participating members’ firms participated in the collection of supplies and KYALA assisted the LBA in collecting and sorting the supplies.
KYALA members volunteered their time one Saturday in October to sort donated non-perishable food items at God’s Pantry in Lexington. God’s Pantry Food Bank is a member of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and through their many partnerships, provide more than 121,400 meals every day for hungry people in Central and Eastern Kentucky across a 50-county service area. God’s Pantry believes it isn’t enough to simply provide food, but they must also offer healthy choices and encourage a balanced diet. Volunteers help sort donations into food group categories for distribution.