Hope2AllMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1/29/20) — Hope2All, a volunteer nonprofit organization located in Drakesboro, announced a new partnership with local agencies to help residents with educational and employment needs.

The organization reports it provides food pantry services in Muhlenberg County for nearly 800 families and 400 seniors monthly. Since opening in 2014, Hope2All has distributed approximately 2.7 million pounds of food to residents in need. After learning that Muhlenberg currently has just a 42 percent workforce participation rate and nearly 20 percent of the population without a GED or high school diploma, a core group of volunteers decided that they must do more.

Larry Chandler, Hope2All volunteer director, said, “Learning of those workforce and education stats for Muhlenberg County was saddening, and we knew we had the ability to help improve people’s lives beyond an immediate need such as food. Through collaborative efforts, we have the opportunity to change not only our current clients’ lives, but the lives of their children and grandchildren, with increased education and job opportunities. We are partnering with other local agencies to bring job and education services to our clients right here at Hope2All when they are coming to pick up food boxes anyway.”

Hope2All said it will have representatives from the West Kentucky Workforce Board and Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress economic development office during food pickup days to assist Muhlenberg residents with a job search, and help them to apply online. Additionally, a representative from Madisonville Community College’s Adult Education Center will be there to share information and help with enrollments in the GED Learn & Earn Program, where one can earn $50 stipends as they progress with their studies and for each section of the GED that they pass. Enrollees have the potential to earn up to $300 in cash stipends from the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation by participating in the GED Learn & Earn Program. If a client secures a job or enrolls in the GED Learn & Earn Program, Hope2All will work with Pennyrile Allied Community Service’s RIDES program to assist clients in getting to/from their new employer or education site during the client’s first few weeks.

Volunteer project leader Debra Gorham, stated, “We are thrilled to be a part of this effort and couldn’t be more excited to have workforce development agencies as well as MCC’s Adult Education Center as partners. By having skilled and knowledgeable representatives from these entities to help our clients, we are eliminating even the simplest of barriers. No internet at home? No problem. Unsure about how to do an online application? No problem. Need your GED to qualify for the job position? No problem. We can’t wait to be able to help our clients go even farther with increased education and job security, which will pay dividends to the individual and to their family.”

Workforce development agencies and MCC’s Adult Education Center representatives will be present at Hope2All on most Mondays during regular hours when food boxes are available. For questions or more information about Hope2All’s education and workforce focus, contact Gorham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 270-977-9459.

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