I Want To Help

Join us in loving our neighbors by providing for our neighbors.

We are working to meet both the spiritual and the physical needs of those in our community.

How can you help?

First and foremost, you can pray. Pray for our church, our community, our state, our nation, and our world. The most powerful tool we have is prayer. We ask you to pray every day, multiple times a day.

Now that you have joined with us in prayer, how else can you help? Keep reading to find out about opportunities to help through our church and through ministry partners in our community.

We want to help those who have needs, and we also want to provide avenues for healthy people to provide help.

Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church Opportunities to Help

Grocery/Supply Runs

We know that many in the high-risk categories for COVID-19 are unable to go to the grocery store or get supplies. Would you be willing to pick up groceries for someone and drop them off on their porch?

Financial Assistance

This pandemic has impacted the finances of many people and families in our area. Our Benevolence Program offers financial assistance to qualified applicants to help pay their rent, mortgage, or other bills.

Donate Food

Our Manna House Food Pantry serves families facing a food emergency in our area. The pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month and is always in need of donations, especially now.

Food Pantry Volunteer

Along with food donations, we also need volunteers who will work at the Manna House Food Pantry during open hours and at other times to sort, clean, and pack food. If you’d like to help, please let us know!

Phone Calls

Since the beginning of this crisis our ministry staff and others have been calling church members to check in, encourage, and pray with them. Would you be willing to help make these calls?

Caring Hearts Ministry

This ministry works with those who are home-bound or “shut-in.” During this crisis they’ve been helping provide CDs of church services by porch drop off along with meeting other individual needs.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our prayer shawl ministry knits and crochets prayer shawls that are distributed around the community to shut-ins, veterans, those dealing with grief and loss, and more. If you’d like to help, let us know.

Acts of Kindness

Each day we all have opportunities to be a blessing in the lives of those in our home, in our neighborhood, in our extended family, and in our church family. We have some ideas to get you started!

Share Your Faith

God is still working and moving. Now is a great time to share your faith with your family, friends, and neighbors. Download a guide from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to help you share your faith.

Opportunities to Help Through Local Organizations & Ministry Partners

Donate Meals to Healthcare Workers at a Local Hospital

Frankfort Regional Hospital:
Contact Jennifer Reid at (502) 226-7500 or jennifer.reid2@hcahealthcare.com to set up and schedule your meal donation.

Feed Our Kentucky Healthcare Workers GoFundMe:
This GoFundMe page is pooling together donations from many people and providing meals for healthcare workers all around Kentucky. Visit the page to see past donations and to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/feed-our-kentucky-healthcare-workers

Make & Donate Masks and Gowns

Locally, UK Healthcare is accepting donations of homemade cloth masks and gowns. Please visit their information page for specific instructions and patterns: https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/COVID-19/handmade-mask-gown-donations

The Superhero Mask Project is also accepting donations of homemade masks. This project was created by a University of Kentucky doctor, but is providing masks to hospitals and healthcare workers nationwide. Anyone can get involved and you do not have to know how to sew to help. To join the project, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/210605130276249

 

Donate Medical Equipment & Supplies

If you have unopened and unused medical equipment and protective supplies, please donate it to a local hospital.

Bluegrass Community Hospital is accepting donations. Learn more at https://www.bluegrasscommunityhospital.com/hospital-news/bgch-accepts-donations-of-medical-and-protective-supplies-and-equipment.

Georgetown Community Hospital is accepting donations. Please call 502-868-1200 to arrange a drop off time.

The University of Kentucky Hospital is accepting donations. Please email Paul Reister, the Associate Director of Healthcare Purchasing, at paul.reister@uky.edu to arrange your donation.

The State of Kentucky is accepting donations and has several collection points. Please visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/TeamKentucky/PPE to learn more.

Thank a Healthcare Hero

There are several ways you can thank a healthcare hero from home.

Post a picture or video thank you and tag it with #thankahealthcarehero.

Send an email to gratitude@uky.edu.

Visit https://share.baptisthealth.com/thank-you/?_ga=2.229245084.1869623817.1587049307-743794263.1587049307.

Donate Blood

Blood donation is a safe process. Visit https://kybloodcenter.org to learn about the Kentucky Blood Center’s enhanced safety protocols, regulations and blood donation needs and to make an appointment during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Donate Hygiene Items to Local Centers & Shelters

The Simon House in Frankfort is accepting donations of essential items for hygiene, infant needs, cleaning and household supplies, thermometers, gloves, and masks. Please call to arrange your drop-off: 502-223-2138.

The Franklin County Women’s Shelter is accepting cleaning wipes, soap, toilet paper, paper towels, and food items. Please call 502-352-2843 to arrange a drop off time.

The Capital City Activity Center (a senior center) is accepting toiletry donations. You can drop off your donation outside the center Monday-Friday 9am-2pm. Visit https://frankfortkyseniors.org for additional information.

Acts of Kindness

There are so many things you can do to reach out and help right in your home or neighborhood.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Post encouraging and faith-filled messages around your home through sidewalk chalk, door paint, window paint, etc.
  • Check in on neighbors (safely) to make sure they are doing okay. Offer to pray for them and see if they have any needs.
  • Share a note of encouragement or send an encouraging email/direct message.
  • Leave a card in your mail box for the mail carrier.
  • Pick up trash around your block.
  • Check in on anyone you know who might have depression or anxiety, both of which can be exacerbated during a crisis like this.
  • Ask kids to call grandparents and other senior family members every couple of days. If they’re set up to do video chat, even better.
  • Call a friend or relative who’s far away and lives alone.
  • Support local businesses and restaurants however you can, whether ordering items from them online or food delivery.
  • Share your skills. One church member posted videos on Facebook on how to cut hair at home. What skill do you have that you could share with people right now?
  • Do you have an idea we haven’t included in this list? We’d love to add it! Send an email to jessica@forksbaptist.org.

Manna House Food Pantry Current Needs

We are so grateful for your generosity and desire to serve our community through donating food. Please do not make a special trip to purchase items for the food pantry. If you are already planning a trip, consider adding a few of these items to your list.

We will be receiving donations on Thursday, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be donation bins provided for you at the main front doors of the church. For your safety and to comply with social distancing guidelines, we will not be able to help you unload, so please make sure to pick and pack only items you are able to carry.

Items Needed:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Mac n Cheese
  • Pop Tarts
  • Applesauce (Jar)
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Pork n Beans
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Canned meat (Spam, chicken, etc.)
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup