The Kentucky Chapter of IAAO is recognized as a caring and energetic group, having assisted various children's hospitals and orphanages through financial donations and toy drives. A brief history of most of the chapter's charitable activities follows.
In 2010 the Chapter supported the Simon House of Frankfort. Simon House is a nonprofit transitional living facility for homeless adult women who are pregnant or have children. Chapter members brought supplies and monetary donations to support the residents.
The Chapter project for 2008 benefited the Portland Promise Center. The Center, which is located in Louisville, provides the resources families and individuals need to anchor their lives to a firm foundation of faith and to build futures with hope. Chapter members donated school supplies to help the center with their childrens' programs.
In 2007 the Chapter showed support for our four-legged friends by donating needed items to the Owensboro Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter in Owensboro. The shelter took home a huge truckload of needed items such as pet food, collars, leashes, and pet toys
The Steinford Toy Foundation was the recipient of the Chapter's charitable efforts in 2006. The foundation is based in Northern Kentucky and provides toys for more than 2,000 children at Christmas.
The Chapter conducted a children's book drive for two Louisville charities, "Every1Reads" and "Success By 6". These community-wide projects are focused on ensuring that children are ready to succeed in school and at home through the joy of reading. Books are distributed to the kids that need them through Family Resource Centers, family literacy programs, Neighborhood Places and Health Department clinics. Books are also distributed through local healthcare centers that serve low income children.
The Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, a homeless shelter, was the 2004 beneficiary of the Chapter's efforts. Two truckloads of needed items were collected from members and taken to this organization in Covington on November 17.
The Chapter expressed its support for our troops overseas by participating in "Operation Phone Home", collecting and sending phone cards totaling over 29,000 minutes to American soldiers serving in Iraq. The Chapter created a cookbook, "The Official Kentucky Officials Cookbook", with recipes submitted from county officials across the state. The proceeds from the sale of cookbooks are going to the Ronald McDonald House and the Scholarship Fund. A check for $6,500 was presented to representatives of the Ronald McDonald House at the chapter meeting in Louisville, on October 15, 2003. A similar amount was dedicated to the Scholarship Fund.
The Kentucky Chapter benefited needy families by contributing toys, food, clothing, and over $1,000 in cash to WBKR Christmas Wish in Owensboro, Kentucky. The chapter also raised $800 for the United Way, as well as a matching amount for the Scholarship Fund, through its successful "Courthouse Steps" quilt raffle.
The 2001 project involved taking a large cargo van full of toys donated by members to the Diocesan Children's Home orphanage in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.
One of the most satisfying efforts of the Chapter involved 36 of its members painting pumpkins (grown by chapter members) with children at the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky for Halloween.
A quilt was designed and made with a patch from each of Kentucky's 120 counties. The quilt was raffled off for over $10,000, with the proceeds split between the Kosair Children's Hospital and the chapter's scholarship fund.
The Kentucky Chapter conducted a toy drive and delivered toys to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Various supplies for the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville were also collected and delivered.