State Farm check presentation

State Farm Community Specialist Jim Slaven, Members Choice Credit Union Tiffany Black, Curt Robinson State Farm Agency Manager Misty Harmon, Kentucky State Senator Robin Webb, and Ashland Credit Union Candace Stanley are depicted with the $25,000 check from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program that was presented to Build-A-Bed on Tuesday at the Delta hotel by Marriott. Photo by Carly Carver.

ASHLAND The State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program presented Ashland Build-A-Bed with a $25,000 check on Tuesday to be applied toward building beds for children in need.

The check presentation took place at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, with dozens of members of the community present, as well as elected officials and leaders associated with both State Farm and the Kentucky Credit Union League Ashland Chapter.

Kentucky Senator Robin Webb spoke at the event and congratulated The Kentucky Credit Union League Ashland Chapter, who conducts Build-A-Bed, on its accomplishments.

Senator Robin Webb

Kentucky Senator Robin Webb spoke at the event and congratulated The Kentucky Credit Union League Ashland Chapter, who conducts Build-A-Bed, on their accomplishments.  Photo by Carly Caver.

“I’m so happy to be here for this occasion,” Webb said. “I appreciate being here to help celebrate along with so many friends and to hear we’re going to keep doing it bigger and better.”

The Kentucky Credit Union League Ashland Chapter announced that they will be taking over applications for the FIVCO communities.

“Hopefully we can fulfill the needs in the five-county area for our children,” said Tiffany Black, Members Choice Credit Union business development and marketing manager. “We’re very excited to take over the application process.”

The goal of the Build-A-Bed project is to give beds to school-aged children who are forced to sleep on floors, couches or in beds with multiple other children or family members.

Tiffany Black

Tiffany Black, Members Choice Credit Union business development and marketing manager, announced that due to the success of Build-A-Bed, the Kentucky Credit Union League Ashland Chapter will now be serving the FIVCO community. Photo by Carly Carver.

“You think about shoes and toys, but you don’t really think about furniture,” said Black.”You don’t think about the kids sleeping on the floor or in a mat or an air mattress or on a couch with their parents.”

Black said the KCUL Ashland Chapter’s involvement began after a meeting during which they were informed of approximately 70 children who applied through Build-A-Bed in 2017 who did not receive a bed.

Example bed

The goal of the Build a Bed project is to give beds to school-aged children who are forced to sleep on floors, couches, or in beds with multiple other children or family members. Photo by Carly Carver.

“We knew what we had to do, so we reached out to our friends at Ashland Credit Union,” Black said. “We created this to be a chapter project because we are a cooperative organization, which I love. I love that about credit unions.”

Black said that they formed a build within 30 days and constructed the 70 needed beds for children in the community.

“It was the most amazing project I’ve ever been a part of,” said Black.

Candace Stanley, who works in Business Development at Ashland Credit Union, said the Build-A-Bed project has given more than just a bed to children in need — it’s given childhood memories.

Audience at check presentation

The State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program presented Ashland Build-A-Bed with a $25,000 check on Tuesday to be applied toward building beds for children in need. Photo by Carly Carver.

“Many of you have memories of your childhood and bedtime,” said Stanley. “I have memory of prayer before bed and my dad bringing me a little glass of water every night when I would go to bed. I say that because we serve children that don’t have those.”

Stanley said the project has given the community an opportunity to be “great servants” and express love.

“Charity is just another word for love,” said Stanley.

Jim Slaven, a State Farm community specialist, presented the check to the KCUL Ashland Chapter.

Jim Slaven and Tiffany Black

Jim Slaven, a State Farm community specialist, presented the check to the Kentucky Credit Union League Ashland Chapter. Photo by Carly Carver.

Slaven said more than 2,000 communities applied for the Neighborhood Assist Program, but Build-A-Bed ranked at the top, winning the $25,000 grant.

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