Health and Family Services Cabinet
Volunteers Encouraged to Join Build-A-Bed Blitz for Children; 24-hour event begins at noon Saturday, May 8
FRANKFORT, KY (May 5, 2010) – Kentuckians are encouraged to make plans to join a unique service project this weekend to build beds for Kentucky children.
May 8-15 is AmeriCorps Week, and this year the national kickoff will be in Frankfort.
On May 8-9, members of Kentucky’s AmeriCorps programs will sponsor a 24-hour “Build-A-Bed” project to benefit children across the state. The goal of the project is to have participants working in shifts throughout the day and night to build 500 beds for children in need.
Studies show that children with good sleeping habits have fewer instances of chronic disease, better success at school and improved attitudes.
Volunteers are still needed for the all-day and all-night build, which will take place in a hangar at the Kentucky National Guard Headquarters at the Boone Center in Frankfort.
In Kentucky, AmeriCorps is administered by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
CHFS Secretary Janie Miller will be at the event kickoff and said she expects hundreds of volunteers at the build.
“Our state will be in the national spotlight with this build,” she said. “By responding to the needs of Kentucky’s children, we are showing our spirit of service and giving.”
Each child who receives a bed also will receive a twin mattress and “bedtime bag,” containing items like sheets, pajamas, books, nightlights, pillows, blankets and a toy or cuddly animal.
The build is from noon on Saturday, May 8, until noon Sunday, May 9, and volunteers are still needed to help construct the beds or deliver the beds later this month.
KCCVS Executive Director Eileen Cackowski said lumber, building plans and hardware will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools or may use tools on site.
“This could be a perfect volunteer effort for school, church or community groups,” Cackowski said. “But we are also hearing from families who want to work together on this special project.”
Volunteers must register in advance and bring photo identification to the build.
Sign up or get more information online at www.build-a-bed.org or by calling (502) 564-4986, ext. 4037. For more information about volunteering or the AmeriCorps programs visit www.volunteerKY.ky.gov.
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