Lending a Helping Hand Food Pantry is located in Tollesboro, KY, about 20 miles from the Farm. The pantry facilitates a food box handout of government commodities and donated food, and serves between 250 and 500 families suffering from poverty every month. Lending a Helping Hand also has a clothing pantry, which serves as a collection point to redistribute clothing and thrift items.
People’s Self Help Housing is a nonprofit construction company that builds and rehabilitates low-income housing in Lewis County. Volunteer service benefits PSHH in two ways: it provides free labor, doing tasks that the skilled employees then do not have to do, and the company participates in a government grant program wherein each volunteer hour leverages $10 of government grant funding toward their projects.
Home Visits are a hallmark of the Lewis County program, where volunteers get to visit residents in their homes to build community, learn about Appalachia, and develop relationships.
Stewardship will be a major part of every volunteer week. With dozens of volunteers visiting the Farm week after week, maintaining and caring for our Farm home is be vital. This includes routine cleaning as well as small farm-improvement projects.
Vanceburg Rehab and Care is a 94-bed nursing care facility where volunteers share stories, sing songs, help organize games, and oversee social activities with residents.
Licking Valley Senior Center is an agency where senior residents of Lewis County can come twice a week for a free meal and social hour. Licking Valley also facilitates a small monthly government commodity food box handout for senior residents.
Side Projects come up from residents who need assistance from time to time. These projects could include minor home repairs, lawn maintenance, delivery of firewood to those unable to afford to heat their home, and additional projects as they arise.
at a Glance
With a population of just under 14,000, government benefits account for over 42% of reported Lewis County income.
Lewis County Median Household Income: $27,707
United States Median Household Income: $53,482
Over 28% of Lewis County residents live below the national poverty line.