Community Outreach, Volunteers

Outreach Committee Update

Radio Eye’s Outreach Committee has had another busy month complete with speaking engagements, community fairs, and hospital and nursing home calls.

In early May committee members Maria Fitzpatrick and Marlene James set up an informational table at a senior fair held at the Lexington Senior Center.  Many people stopped by the booth to pick up CKRE brochures and applications, as well as to inquire about volunteer opportunities.  In June, Karen Casey and Lissa Probus will be working Lexington’s Senior Volunteer Recruitment Fair, part of local government’s Annual Senior Intern Program.

As listenership continues to grow beyond central Kentucky, Outreach will soon be advertising in local papers for committee volunteers in the Louisville area—having Radio Eye representatives in other cities will greatly help the committee’s mission of educating the public on its services.

Finally, Outreach is in the process of contacting local and regional eye doctors, with hopes of making Radio Eye materials available in a variety of offices and waiting rooms.  The committee anticipates no shortage of events this summer and fall—do you have the time and inclination to give to this dedicated group?  Please call (859)422-6390 or email outreach.ckre@gmail.com to learn how you can get involved!

–Lindsay Harrell, Outreach Member

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Development

Kentucky Gives Day – April 24th, 2013

April 24, Kentucky Gives Day, was a great day for Central Kentucky Radio Eye. Radio Eye, Kentucky’s own audio reader service, participated in the first Kentucky Gives Day and is proud to have exceeded a goal of $1000.00, raising $1,110 in 24 hours. As a small non-profit, Radio Eye came in the top 20% at 37th place out of a field of 209 small organizations. The money raised will provide programming for 110 listeners for a year.

 

“Coming at the end of our Spring Appeal, and as a statewide event, I am really pleased with the success of this event.” Amy Hatter, Executive Director, Central Kentucky Radio Eye

 

At Radio Eye, over 150 volunteers read local and current print media for a visually impaired audience, seven days a week. This audio is broadcast over subcarrier frequencies from WUKY, WUOL, and via smart phones through the iBlink Radio app. It is also available on landline phones through NFB Newsline and on their website at http://www.radioeye.org. People who need Radio Eye’s service fill out an application for a small pre-tuned radio to pick up their special frequency. Many listeners depend on Radio Eye’s service for access to local newspapers and rely on the 24 hours of current daily programming as a way of participating in their communities. It is an act of inclusion Radio Eye is really happy to be able to provide and it means so much to have the support of their communities in this work.

 

Radio Eye has taken online donations on its home web page for a while now, but this marks the first time Kentucky non-profits have gotten together statewide to ask for contributions online. It is the second online giving event Radio Eye has participated in, with The Good Giving Guide Challenge (a bluegrass regional campaign), being the first.

 

Central Kentucky Radio Eye is privileged with their volunteers, who do the work of reading to their listeners, and for that, Radio Eye is most grateful. The gratefulness also extends to friends and followers who helped spread the word and to the donors who stepped up to make this event a success.  

-Radio Eye Staff

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