After 15 years, the Grayson County Alliance has realized its dream of housing all of its operations under one roof.
On Monday, Oct. 26, the Alliance celebrated the grand opening of its new central location, at 2203 Brandenburg Rd. in Leitchfield, with a ribbon cutting and open house.
“We can’t believe this day is finally here,” said Grayson County Alliance President Melissa Williams.
The Grayson County Alliance was formed in 2000 as a way to assist those in need within the local community. It currently operates numerous programs such as the Grayson County Food Pantry, Backpack Program, Furniture Program, and Repair Affair.
Since they started, Alliance members have dreamed of having a central location out of which they could operate all of their programs.
Now, that dream has become a reality, thanks, in part, to the donation of the building at 2203 Brandenburg Rd. from a local individual, as well as the other entities and individuals who have supported the project, Williams said.
One such entity, United Way of Central Kentucky (UWCK), played a major role in preparing the facility by, for the first time ever, taking its Project United outside of Hardin County for the benefit of the Alliance.
Teams of volunteers, consisting of numerous local and out-of-county businesses and groups visited the Alliance during Project United to paint and remodel the facility, and UWCK President and CEO Megan Stith and UWCK Representative Natalie Cubbage presented awards to the participating teams on Monday.
Cecilian Bank, Wilson and Muir Bank, and Dow Corning Corporation were recognized for having teams participate in Project United. Wilson and Muir Bank and Dow Corning also tied in an online poll to determine who had the biggest impact on the Alliance headquarters.
UWCK representatives recognized Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, HealthSouth, and students from the Grayson County Technology Center for contributing to the preparation of the Alliance’s new location, as well.
Williams also wished to recognize Alliance Member Jimmy Thomason, whom was absent from Monday’s ceremony but played a major role in the organization’s receiving its new central location.
Thomason’s daughter, April Bowman accepted a plaque and gifts on Thomason’s behalf.
While the Food Pantry has only recently begun operating out of 2203 Brandenburg Rd., the Furniture Program had already been operating out of that location for a couple of years, Williams said.
The Alliance continues to rely on the good will of the community to continue to serve those in need, and the Furniture Program in particular needs donations of tables and chairs, refrigerators, beds, and working appliances; however, any donations will be accepted.
For more information about the Grayson County Alliance and its programs, visit www.gc-alliance.com, or call 270-259-4000.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.