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GoodGiving Challenge happening this week

Throughout the week donors will have the opportunity to make contributions to a variety of causes in Jessamine County as several local nonprofits take part in the annual GoodGiving Challenge.

The online donation campaign began at 9 a.m. Tuesday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 7.

The annual challenge is facilitated by the Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing.

In addition to donations, nonprofits can also win some of $600,000 worth of matching prizes through the online challenge.

For many local nonprofits, the GoodGiving Challenge serves as their major fundraising campaign for the year.

The seven local nonprofits participating include:

• AdventureServe Ministries: AdventureServe guides missions and wilderness experiences throughout Kentucky that grow faith in action. The organization engages participants in service and adventure, trains young adults to guide these experiences and assists community members with practical service.

• Primate Rescue Center Inc.: Apes and monkeys have been used as lab subjects, entertainment animals and even been unsuccessfully tried as household pets for decades. As a result, many apes and monkeys have suffered emotional and physical traumas and need our help. This sanctuary provides a rehabilitative, quiet safe haven for these animals for the rest of their lives. PRC cares for nearly 50 primates, including nine chimpanzees and 38 monkeys and lesser apes.

• Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Home: Originally as an orphanage and now offering care to children with histories of abuse, neglect and/or family trauma, Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Home serves more than 900 children annually, both in residential settings and through services in communities throughout Kentucky.

• Revive Life House: Revive Life House is a substance abuse recovery program that through Jesus Christ reclaims, strengthens and establishes men for life.

• Breaking Free Ministry, Inc.: Breaking Free’s mission is to provide resources of housing, services, education and treatment, job opportunities and volunteering for women whose lives have been affected by abuse or trauma, resulting in addiction, abuse, exploitation, trafficking and hopelessness through a Christ-centered approach that transforms lives through love.

• Word Made Flesh: Founded in the Bluegrass in 1991, Word Made Flesh is locally rooted and neighboring worldwide. Word Made Flesh is serving among people who find themselves in some of the most vulnerable, poverty-stricken and oppressive situations in South America, South Asia, Eastern Europe, North America, and West and Central Africa.

• Justin’s Place: Justin’s Place’s mission is to support extraordinary kids in their search for peace and tranquility by providing therapeutic equine activities in a beautiful farm environment.

Since its inception in 2011, the GoodGiving Challenge has raised $11.7 million total for Kentucky nonprofits.

Donors can log onto bggives.org or scan the QR code here to read about nonprofits and make contributions.