Pikeville’s East Kentucky Dream Center has a reason to be thankful this week.

This Tuesday, which was recognized as Giving Tuesday, it was announced that the center received a $10,000 grant, along with 18 other regional non-profit organizations across the country. Glaxo Smith Kline, a science-led global healthcare organization, awarded the grant as an extension of its IMPACT Awards program.

For its regional awards, GSK field employees throughout the country nominated regional non-profit organizations and then voted on which organizations would receive the IMPACT Awards.

Becki Lynch, head of US Community Partnerships at GSK, said the organizations that won the regional awards this year help address social determinants of health within their respective communities, like socioeconomic status, education and employment, in order to promote health.

Lynch said the awards allow GSK field employees to nominate organizations they view as doing significant work in their communities. The awards, Lynch said, help those organizations receive a boost as they enter the new year.

“I think it says not only that they are improving the health of their communities, but they’re doing it the right way,” Lynch said, regarding the awards. “I think it can be a boom for these organizations.”

EKDC opened on Aug. 29, 2018, and has provided food and clothing programs through its dining hall and thrift store locations. The organization aims to help those in need in its service region, which includes Floyd, Johnson, Letcher, Martin and Pike counties.

EKDC is one of three Dream Centers in Kentucky, the other two being the Louisville Metro Dream Center and the River City Dream Center. They are all affiliated with the Los Angeles Dream Center, which founded the organization network.

Rachel Campbell-Dotson, EKDC executive director, said that the center runs solely on donations, fundraising and grants, and the grant will help provide it with the “boost” it needs moving forward and provide a “hand up” to help those struggling in the community.

“Unless you spend a few days at the Dream Center, you wouldn’t realize the needs in our community,” Campbell-Dotson said. “It’s much deeper than just food and clothing. Families are sleeping in cars in parking lots. Elderly are living without beds. This grant will help us in continuing to offer those suffering from poverty and homelessness, even addiction, a hand up.”

The East Kentucky Dream Center is in need of volunteers and donations, like canned goods, hygiene items, clothing, shoes, towels, coats, furniture and other household items. To donate, volunteer or for more information, call, (606)-766-3434, or visit “East Kentucky Dream Center” on Facebook. EKDC’s facility on South Mayo Trail is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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