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Thursday Quickies: Lending a Helping Hand Edition

The Calipari Foundation is reaching out to offer aid to 400 furloughed federal workers

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The federal government shutdown is affecting around 400 federal workers in Fayette County, and the Calipari Foundation is reaching out to help those who are out of work or working without pay.

The topic came up on John Calipari’s call-in show after one of the workers affected called in to thank Calipari and his wife, Ellen, for what they are doing. The Calipari Foundation is partnering with REACH, a nonprofit organization, to assist workers with groceries, medicine, gas, etc., as well as providing cash in some situations, according to Calipari.

Calipari said he and Ellen felt the urge to help out after watching news reports about people affected by the federal government shutdown. He said he and Ellen both know what it is like to grow up living paycheck to paycheck, and felt the need to find a way to reach out and offer assistance to those affected.

On his radio show, the only thing Calipari asked is that those workers affected pay it forward in some way when they are back on their feet.

Anyone eligible for the grant should have received an email from REACH yesterday with more details on how to get involved and an application to fill out. If you believe you’re eligible and did not receive the email, contact REACH at (859) 455-8057.

You can learn more about REACH here.

That is an awesome gesture by Coach Calipari and Ellen. Politics aside, the shutdown has a real effect on the federal workers who have little-to-no say in negotiations in D.C. but still have to buy their medicine, put food on the table, and pay basic living expenses. We’ve seen several organizations offer help to those workers and it is really cool to see the Calipari Foundation become involved as well.

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