Entries by Charity P. (36)


Community Action Honors Dr. Donald C. Butler

Community Action of Southern Kentucky’s Board of Directors and staff is celebrating an inaugural award that will be continued annually. On December 17, 2015, the Agency unveiled the first ever Dr. Donald C. Butler Award, which will be given to a community member that is a champion for Community Action of Southern Kentucky.

The first recipient of the Dr. Donald C. Butler Award is also its namesake.  Dr. Donald C. Butler was the Executive Director of Community Action of Southern Kentucky for over 20 years. Since his retirement in 2006, his impact on the local community has never stopped.  He continues to volunteer countless hours to assist the Agency with resource development and advocacy. He has collected countless donations for the Agency, along with donating out of his own pocket. Whether he is volunteering or advocating for those in poverty, he has always reminded everyone to look beyond the numbers and statistics.

“Can you see their faces?” ~ Dr. Donald C. Butler 

“Dr. Butler has always reminded us to never forget that we are in the people business. The people we assist matter, our staff matter. We have a heart for people and we can make a difference  Everyone deserves the opportunity to be safe, warm, fed, clothed, educated, healthy, and most of all to have hope.  Dr. Butler has inspired hope in so many people and we are blessed to have him as a partner. It is our hope that his example will continue to inspire others to get involved,” said Tracy Haddix, Associate Director of Community Action of Southern Kentucky. 

“It is no surprise that this award should be named after our first recipient Dr. Butler. He has been a wonderful partner for this Agency even after he retired. This award in his name will ensure that his legacy of community service lives on, not only for Community Action, but for the whole Barren River area,” shared Logan County Judge Executive Logan Chick, Board Chairman of Community Action of Southern Kentucky.

Each year the Agency will recognize a community member or organization who has a great impact on the community and Community Action of Southern Kentucky. The recipient will be someone that volunteers their time and resources to assist the Agency in fulfilling our mission and the Community Action Promise. The annual recipient of this award, like Dr. Donald C. Butler, helps change people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves our community, and makes America a better place to live. They are dedicated community partners, who assist Community Action of Southern Kentucky in empowering people to achieve stability and economic security.

“We honor and thank Dr. Butler for his continued advocacy and volunteerism for our agency.  Advocates like him are essential to living out our mission to empower people in southern Kentucky to achieve stability and economic security. We encourage others to follow in his footsteps and join us as a volunteer or advocate,” said Melissa Weaver, CEO/Executive Director of Community Action of Southern Kentucky. 

Community members, staff, board members may nominate anyone for this award.  The nomination form will be available on our website in 2016. 


Vendor Solicitation: Coal 


Community Action of Southern Kentucky is seeking vendors to provide coal to eligible clients during the subsidy phase of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which runs November 4, 2015 through December 11, 2015 and the crisis phase of the program which runs January 11, 2016 through March 31, 2016 (or until funds are expended). If interested in supplying this type of fuel and being placed on the subsidy and/or crisis approved vendors list, you may contact us for more information or come by the Community Action Office located at the address below to complete the necessary paperwork.


921 Beauty Avenue

Bowling Green, KY 42102

 (270) 782-3162 Phone

(270) 842-5735 Fax

Vendor Agreement

Vendor Application


Mary Janet Bryant travels to Washington DC to Raise Awareness for Nutrition Programs

Mary Janet Bryant, a Warren County Head Start teacher for Community Action of Southern Kentucky recently traveled to Washington DC to tell her story and advocate for others. Mary Janet was chosen by a project entitled “Community Voices; Why Nutrition Assistance Matters”, which is a collaboration of Center for American Progress, Witnesses to Hunger, Food Research & Action Center, Feeding America, Coalition on Human Needs and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  These partners searched for people nationwide and collected stories of those who had received nutrition assistance.  These partners then chose several people to travel to Washington DC to talk with Congress about what effect these programs have. Mary Janet Bryant was one of these few people chosen to talk to members of Congress about her personal story and experience with nutrition assistance. 

Ms. Bryant said, “What an amazing opportunity to be selected as an advocate for nutrition programs.

With Congress due to reauthorize the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children or the WIC Reauthorization Act – we all have an opportunity to build upon previous success and further improve educational achievement, economic security, nutrition, and health for millions of children each day.”

Mary Janet’s “Day of Action” took place on October 8, 2015 in Washington DC.  She spoke with State Representative Brett Guthrie and staffers in Senator Rand Paul’s and Senator Mitch McConnell’s offices. Mary Janet then testified before a Congressional House briefing attended by Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senator McGovern.

Mary also noted, “In the meeting I had with Secretary of Agriculture Vilsap, Head of the USDA, he promised to speak directly to President Obama on our behalf asking not to cut funding for programs such as SNAP, WIC, Head Start nutrition programs, Summer Food Service Programs, etc. You can read my story along with lots of other heart felt stories in the Community Voices Booklet, located at”

“We are so proud that Mary Janet was chosen to represent the many families impacted by nutrition assistance. Her story is only one example of how programs like this can help families achieve stability and economic security,” said Melissa Weaver, CEO/Executive Director of Community Action of Southern Kentucky.


CA Offers Public Access to Computers & Broadband 

Community Action of Southern Kentucky provides public access to computers connected to broadband internet at five locations in the Barren River area.  

The Broadband Outreach Program is the result of a partnership between Community Action Kentucky, Commonwealth Office of Technology, Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach and Development and Broadband Kentucky to ensure more Kentuckians have access to a computer and internet. Community Action Kentucky placed computers at Community Action offices throughout the state with seven being placed at Community Action of Southern Kentucky sites in Butler, Hart, Metcalfe and Warren Counties. Community Action of Southern Kentucky also has computers available for public access at our Allen County location.