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True inspiration: Lexington Leadership Foundation vies for national award

Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 18:03:37-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — From providing a place to help with remote learning to connecting kids with role models, Lexington Leadership Foundation changes lives in a myriad of ways.

"We strive to support and engage fathers, families, and children all across Lexington, " said Michael Overstreet, a volunteer recruiter with LLF.

Overstreet started out on the other side of things as a child. He said every step of the way he has been touched by the good the program does.

"To see how the fathers are re-engaging with their families, just to see how our volunteers are coming and helping to equip the people in our community ... it's really just been an amazing sight to see over the amount of time I've been around, " Overstreet said.

Through the pandemic, the faith-based non-profit has made it work. They have adjusted their services and volunteers to still meet the needs of the community, but now they are in the running for a huge boost: the Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award. They were nominated by Chick-fil-A locally because they believe LLF is the perfect fit for the award.

"We just love the work they are doing, so we wanted to partner with them and help get them some extra funding, " said Joseph Hagen, a director for Chick-fil-A in Lexington.

The honor would also mean a nice chunk of money, ranging between $50,000 to $150,000 that would translate into powerful services Overstreet said could shape generations to come.

"This is just a great way for us to be able to expand our services as we just strive to support kids, families and fathers in our community," he said. "We really want to do as much as we can to engage as much as possible, so this award helps us be able to do that for them."

You can help LLF win by voting for the organization through Nov. 21.

To vote:

  • Download the Chick-fil-A app
  • Create an account
  • Click on Rewards at the bottom of the screen
  • Click on News at the top of the screen
  • Click on Vote Now
  • Select Atlantic Region
  • Vote for Lexington Leadership Foundation