Development, Events

Chelsey’s Back!

Hi to all my wonderful volunteers! And to those I haven’t met yet, I look forward to meeting you!

For the past two years I have been working as the Director of Programs at Bluegrass Council of the Blind. I resigned from my position in March and started my own business, CK Nonprofit Services, LLC. I am currently working with a few different nonprofit organizations on grants, fundraising, and social media.

And, I started back at Radio Eye as the part-time Development Director on Monday May 9th! I am so excited to be back, doing what I love, and working with an organization that means so much to me. I’m very impressed with how much Radio Eye has grown since I’ve been gone – expanding to Morehead, getting an 800 telephone service set up, studio space in Louisville at Visually Impaired Preschool Services for volunteers, having the option for volunteers to record at home, and so much more.

Some things that are new with me – I have a new last name! I married my high school sweetheart in Gatlinburg on September 13, 2014. We bought a house in Lexington off Georgetown Road (Thank you Radio Eye volunteer Missy Ward for being our agent!), and we have two adorable cats – Toki & Tubby. And I have a one-year-old niece – Sadie Jane!

I’m coming back to Radio Eye at a great time because it’s almost KY Gives Day! Since I’m the new Development Director, I have to make the ask – will you join me in the awesome 24-hour online giving event on Tuesday, May 24th?! Our goal is to raise $1,500 in just 24 hours and our amazing board has offered to match $600 of donations! Mark your calendar to donate at and help us spread the word! Any and all donations are truly appreciated.

I look forward to catching up with everyone and meeting our new volunteers!

Chelsey (VanDyke) Keesy


Linda Neville, a Donor Profile and some Kentucky History

by: Lissa Probus, Volunteer

Often at Radio Eye, we profile both donors and volunteers as a way of building our community. It is a way to share the work of others that makes our work possible and also recognizes the efforts that go far beyond what we do. Readers of our donor profiles may find groups worthy of their support, and we hope that the volunteer profiles are both inspiring and help us recognize each other as we come and go.

Recently, I was asked to profile the Linda Neville Trust. As I began looking around for information about this group. I found a rich legacy of social concern and success in the prevention of blindness in Kentucky that has had an immense impact across the state and beyond. Linda Neville led the effort to cure Trachoma, a form of blindness that is the result of infection. Her efforts were both personal and political. She traveled to Eastern Kentucky, working directly with the Hindman Settlement, and established lines of care that involved bringing doctors to the area and patients back here to Lexington for treatment. She was known to take these people into her home during their treatment here, and worked to establish a network of Trachoma clinics that became county health centers.

Linda Neville’s work was so successful that the Trachoma clinics were able to close as the disease was treated, cured, and prevented. The types of blindness that affected so many in Eastern Kentucky during Linda Neville’s life are rare now. This is a true victory.

Linda Neville’s papers are archived, along with other resources that describe her efforts in the Kentuckiana Digital Library and at the University of Kentucky, Her life in Lexington is covered briefly in a Lexington History Museum blog: (with photos). The work of Linda Neville is covered in Authorized to Heal: Gender, Class, and the Transformation of Medicine in Appalachia, 1880-1930, Sandra Barney, 2000, and in several books about Women in Kentucky.
Kentucky historian and author, Duane Bolin, writes about Linda Neville in Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times, scheduled to appear in early 2015 as part of the Southern Women series published by the University of Georgia Press

The Linda Neville Trust is a private non-profit. They have recently supported efforts of The Bluegrass Council of the Blind, VIPS – Visually Impaired Preschool Services who offer support and training to families with childhood vision differences, and longtime support to the Kentucky School for the Blind, among many, many others. The Linda Neville Trust provides major support to Radio Eye. I invite you to read further, because understanding the value and impact of a single individual’s persistent and focused effort was rewarding for me, and reminded me that while for a time blindness was a fact of life for many in Appalachia, a woman brought together the resources, understanding and capacity to change that fact for many and that work has affected generations after her. Image

Community Outreach, Development, Events

Upcoming Events

We have some exciting events this week at Radio Eye!

On Thursday from 5pm – 7pm, we will be having an open house. If you’ve ever wondered how Radio Eye operates, you can come see for yourself. We’ll also talk about volunteer opportunities if you’re interested.

At noon on Thursday, Emily Duncan, UHS Student Health Insurance Coordinator, will be in to record a program about health insurance for our listeners. This special program will air on November 23rd at 2pm.

The Kentucky Council for the Blind (KCB) Conference is this weekend in Louisville. Studio Manager Chelsey VanDyke will attend on Friday from 4pm – 6pm at the Radio Eye booth. Lucy Stone, Assistant Studio Manager, will take over on Saturday morning. Lucy will also stay for some of the classes to learn about new assistive technology!

We are very excited for our upcoming events. We’d like to also remind everyone that the GoodGiving Guide Challenge doesn’t end until December 31st so there is still plenty of time to make a donation to Radio Eye. So far 26 donors have gifted us with $3,530! We also met our matching grant from the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation for $2,500. Thanks to all who have donated!



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 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

Development, Events

Updates from the Development Committee

Our Development Committee has been working hard on planning fun events to raise money for Radio Eye.

On March 21st Heirloom in Midway donated 15% of their profits to us. A group of volunteers and staff got together to go eat and had a wonderful meal.


Today Radio Eye is having a 5% day at Whole Foods! We will receive 5% of the profits from sales all day. Members from the Outreach Committee will be at a table from 11am – 1pm and from 4pm – 6pm to spread the word about Radio Eye to Whole Foods patrons.


On April 14th we are excited to be having our first dining out event in Louisville at Patrick O’Shea’s! If you bring in a special coupon, Radio Eye will receive 20% of your bill.

Find the coupons here:


If anyone has suggestions of other restaurants we can having dining out events, please let the staff know. Call us at 859-422-6390 or email us at

-Chelsey VanDyke, Studio Manager