Community Day needs your support
SALYERSVILLE – Community Day may look a little different this year, but the spirit and the need for such an event remains the same.
For the past 16 years, Magoffin County Community Day has been instrumental in helping local nonprofits and civic groups raise funds for the countless good things they do in the community, raising $1.23 million in total since it began.
While the annual event is always a great day of fellowship, lively music and good food for people in the community, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Community Day in the park was not feasible.
Though the virus has led to the cancellation of nearly every festival statewide this year, the need for the work these civic groups provide the community remains just as strong as any other year.
The Magoffin County Community Foundation, in conjunction with the Bluegrass Community Foundation, released this week that instead of a one-day event, the 2020 Magoffin County Community Day fundraising activities will continue with an online fundraiser, starting next week on August 10 and running through August 31. Gifts can be made online at https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/communityday to support our local nonprofits who need your help now, more than ever! All money raised will be split equally between the participating nonprofit organizations (below).
Prior to Community Day, the Magoffin County Senior Citizens program, which provides services five days a week to the 60-plus population, had to conduct many fundraisers each year to try and make up enough money to make them eligible to receive federal funding. Through the Older American’s Act, they receive federal funding, but the amount they receive is dependent on how much they are able to fundraise.
“Now, with Community Day we spend one day making up the money it would take us a whole year to make,” Program Director Marlene Howard said. “The funds from Community Day are deposited in our general fund account. This account is used to purchase raw food items, paper products for packaging meals, and other items dealing with the day to day operations. Having this one-day event frees us up to focus our attention on providing services throughout the year rather than trying to raise a few funds here and there. Community day gives us a chance to put our service information out to public. Community Day gives our seniors an opportunity to get out and enjoy a fun day without traveling far from home.
They enjoy the music and socializing with people they haven’t seen in a long time. It gives people a chance to visit with all the organizations who are working hard to make Magoffin County a better place to live.”
Last year was the first year the Magoffin County Rainbow Girls were eligible to participate Community Day, allowing them to help support their service projects and projects they are a part of, including: The Dessie Scott children's home (this is a home for mentally delayed boys in Kentucky) and their sister facilities, Coats for kids, an annual scholarship, a special needs children’s party, Veterans Day appreciation dinner, fire/rescue appreciation dinner, just to name a few. They also had a Trick-or-Treat/Halloween Party, Christmas gifts, Valentine's formal dance, Easter egg hunts, games, and movies night for the children in the group.
Rhonda Howard, with the Magoffin County Rainbow Girls program, said, “Without the help of our community, many of the girls would not be able to do all the fun and educational events they do. We try to be an active participant in the community we love and being of service to others is one of our number one lessons.”
Though Community Day usually brings in approximately $80,000 to $85,000 each year for local non-profits, the Magoffin County Community Foundation has issued a challenge to the community this year, providing the civic groups with a unique opportunity: for every $1 raised, the Foundation will match it with $2, up to $35,000! That means a gift of $20 becomes $60, or $100 becomes $300, all to support important programs and crucial services provided by local nonprofits.
Community Day is sponsored by the Magoffin County Community Foundation and the Salyersville National Bank. The Foundation announced in a press release earlier this week that it appreciates the support it has received over the years and will continue to be responsible stewards of the funds the community has entrusted to it.
“We’re doing our part by staying apart, but we are working together to create a better future for Magoffin County!” the Foundation stated.
Gifts can be made online at https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/communityday, or checks, made out to “Magoffin Community Day,” can be dropped off at the Salyersville National Bank, or people can mail their donations to to BGCF; 499 East High Street, Suite 112, Lexington KY 40507.
For any questions or issues with donating, call the Salyersville National Bank at 606-349-3131 and ask for Donna Salyer or Lana Blanton.
LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS
IN MAGOFFIN COUNTY
COMMUNITY DAY 2020
Magoffin County Senior Citizens
Magoffin County Christian Care Fund
Magoffin County Woman’s Club
Miss Magoffin Scholarship Organization
District 3 Volunteer Fire Department
North Magoffin Volunteer Fire Department
Middle Fork Volunteer Fire Department
Magoffin County Rescue Squad
Salyersville Volunteer Fire Department
Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Ch. 15
South Magoffin Community Activists
South Magoffin Volunteer Fire Dept
Magoffin County Youth Baseball/Softball
KY Mission Bible Training Center (KMBTC)
Magoffin County Rainbow Girls