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WHO WE ARE

FIRST-LINK of the Bluegrass is the combination of two familiar non-profits. In 1999 the Volunteer Center of the Bluegrass, begun in 1970, and Ask Us, Inc., begun in 1972, decided to consolidate resources to help both agencies serve the community more effectively. Building on years of trusted service and goodwill, the merge has proven to consolidate the best of both agencies. FIRST-LINK information and referral services connect people to health and human services and also connects volunteers to service opportunities that help meet community needs. FIRST-LINK of the Bluegrass, Inc. is a member of AIRS, a national alliance of information and referral services and the Points of Light Foundation. The Foundation promotes bringing people together through volunteer service as a powerful way of combating disconnection and alleviating social problems.

Funding for FIRST-LINK of the Bluegrass is provided by United Way of the Bluegrass and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

MISSION STATEMENT

FIRST-LINK of the Bluegrass links people to health and human services through information and referral, promotes and recognizes volunteerism, and provides leadership training and support to non-profits.

WHAT WE DO

FIRST-LINK of the Bluegrass information and referral phone lines receive over 24,000 calls per year. Our staff has access to a comprehensive database of over 1,000 non-profit, government, and for-profit health and human services and over 450 volunteer job descriptions in the Lexington-Fayette County area. FIRST-LINK of the Bluegrass now operates an on-line resource link exchange here on our web-site.

FIRST-LINK offers educational programs to help volunteers and staff working in non-profit agencies learn to function more efficiently and effectively. Local professionals, who volunteer their time to serve as trainers, conduct many of the two- and three- hour workshops available through the Volunteer Leadership Development Program (VLDP). Other workshops are received via satellite downlink from organizations such as the National Center for Nonprofit Boards. Workshop topics include Grantsmanship, Better Writing for Non-Profits, Making Meetings Effective, Marketing, Financial Management, Parliamentary Procedures, Fund Raising, Essentials of Successful Boards, and more.   Our workshops list is available in our September newsletter, available here for on-line viewing and printing.

The FIRST-LINK Resource Library contains a wealth of information on non-profit board administration, current topics in volunteer management, and volunteerism. Resource Library materials may be checked out during regular business hours (M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

The Central Kentucky Association of Volunteer Administrators (CKAVA) finds support and a permanent address through FIRST-LINK. Organized in 1978, CKAVA is a professional association fostering opportunities for volunteer administrators to network and strengthen their skills.  CJAVA membership information is in our September newsletter, available here for reading and printing.

FIRST-LINK also supports volunteerism by recognizing outstanding community volunteers. JCPenney sponsors the Golden Rule Award Program in partnership with FIRST-LINK of the Bluegrass. Golden Rule Awards are presented in April during National Volunteer Week. Outstanding youth and adult volunteers, volunteer groups, and individuals or groups volunteering in education (K-12) are eligible for nomination. JCPenney makes generous financial contributions on behalf of the award recipients to the non-profit agencies where the recipients volunteer. FIRST-LINK partners with the Lexington Herald-Leader to spotlight outstanding volunteers in the People Helping People feature which appears in the newspaper.

The Human Race is a community-wide fund raising event coordinated by FIRST-LINK of the Bluegrass and held the second Saturday in May. The Human Race is a 5K walk-a-thon and run which benefits FIRST-LINK and the other non-profits that choose to participate. In 1999, 501 pledge gatherers collected and turned in $34,744 to benefit 44 participating non-profits.

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