Family Service Society of Paducah (FSS) is celebrating its 90th birthday. As part of their celebrations they are launching a fundraising campaign called “$90 for 90”. Along with a public kick-off party that was held on December 5th, the campaign hopes to raise funds in support of the increasing need for assistance in our area.
Family Service Society is a non-profit organization that serves as a crisis resource to families of Paducah-McCracken County. McCracken County has a $5 million deficit in meeting all of the food insecurities of the county each year. The need is our area is at a critical point, exacerbated by the impending holidays.
The ‘$90 for 90’ campaign is to make everyone aware of the organizations longevity. It will also give individuals, families or businesses, the opportunity to donate $90 to commemorate their 90 years of service.
“A $90 donation can feed a family of four, three meals a day for a week,” explained Family Service Society Development Director, Amy Taylor Nolan. “Anyone can donate by going to our website and use their credit or debit card. There is also a PayPal link on there as well.”
If $90 is a little more than you can manage right now, FSS encourages everyone to make a donation that fits their budget. “A monthly donation of any size would really help our current needs,” said Nolan.
Time is a precious commodity these days and the FSS understands that. They appreciate all their volunteers at the center who help with their clothing closet, collecting, sorting and distributing canned food, and other daily activities. FSS provides Christmas Assistance Baskets to approximately 300 seniors and disabled adults in our community. They need extra volunteers during the holiday season.
Physical donations of clothing, food and personal toiletry items are always accepted. FSS has a “clothing closet” that is open two days a week on Tuesday and Thursday. All the clothing is free to its clients. Donors may drop off the clothing at the center and receive a tax receipt for their donation. They also would welcome any non-perishable items for their food pantry.
FSS also offers personal items to its clients. You can donate personal products such as shampoo, conditioner, men’s and women’s razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, lotion, and deodorant. These items are always needed in the FSS “personal pantry” for clients to receive.
In 1927, a group of men and women from Paducah came together to form a service agency that would help the working poor in our area. 90 years later, Family Service Society is still essential to this community of Paducah-McCracken County and they are grateful that those men and women formed this agency. They work hard to meet the needs of those in crisis situations.
In 2003, Family Service Society moved from its location on 3rd Street to 827 Joe Clifton Drive. The City of Paducah had generously allowed FSS to remain rent free in the 3rd Street location. Unfortunately, the building issues on 3rd Street cost too much to repair, and the building was eventually torn down. Paducah helped out with a City Grant and the Joe Clifton building was granted to FSS for $1.00 a year. Find out more at the website familyservicesociety.com.