Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Kentucky Kids on the Block. We look forward to getting to know you! We always need volunteers to help out around the office or assist at fundraising events. There are many opportunities for volunteers. We have seven major fundraisers each year and smaller community events where we participate. You can visit our fundraiser page to research opportunities to help us continue to grow. If you would like to volunteer, call our office at 270-842-2259 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Kids on the Block Youth Board consists of children ranging from 3rd through 6th grade. Our Youth Board meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 4:00-5:00p. The purpose of our Youth Board is to introduce children to philanthropy at an early age with the hope of them continuing to be engaged as they grow up. Our Youth Board view the Kids on the Block programs, sharing their reactions and opinions on what they liked, what they didn’t like, the puppets’ clothes, and whether the wording in the script is up to date. The Youth Board also helps prepare for Kids on the Block activities, by filling goody bags or eggs for our events, volunteer at our kids runs, and participate in the Bowling Green and Glasgow Christmas parades. If your child would like to join us on the Kids on the Block Youth Board, please email [email protected].
The Kids on the Block Puppetry Camp offers kids the opportunity to learn basic puppetry skills, all while having fun. Each day campers will watch a Kids on the Block program, make a puppet, and learn their own short programs. On the last day of camp, the children will present their puppets, and perform their own programs for their families. Guest speakers will teach children about different styles of puppetry, puppet building, acting, and different types of performances. Camp is open to children grades 3-6, and runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lunch is provided each day courtesy of camp sponsors. Space is limited to 15 campers.
On the second Monday of each month, Kids on the Block facilitates the area Victim Impact Panel, held at the Bowling Green Medical Center. Attendees are court ordered to attend. The purpose of the Victim Impact Panel (VIP) program is to help driving offenders to recognize and internalize the lasting and long-term effects of substance-impaired driving. The classes seek to create an empathy and understanding of the tragedy. The stories of those affected will hopefully leave a permanent impression on the offenders that leads to changes in thinking and behavior, preventing future offenses.
At a VIP, victims, survivors and others impacted by substance-impaired driving crashes speak briefly about the crash in which they were injured and/or a loved one was killed or injured. The guest speakers share a first-person account of how the crash impacts their lives. They do not blame or judge the offenders. They simply tell their stories, describing how their lives and the lives of their families and friends were affected by the crash.
Grant Professional / Development Assistant
I started working at Kids on the Block as a Development Intern January of 2021. As I was finishing my Bachelors of Arts in Theatre, I fell in love with the puppets! I loved everything we were doing, especially our work in Child Abuse Prevention. Following my graduation from WKU, I was brought on as a Development Assistant and Grant Professional. It’s been an amazing adventure since!
When I’m not helping with the puppets, you might find me singing, reading, or geeking out over the latest theatre news. I also enjoy trying out new adventures with my husband, Reggie, our dog and two cats.