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Calipari Foundation to provide relief for over 400 furloughed federal workers

John Calipari is doing what he can to help those affected by the government shutdown. On his call-in show tonight, it was revealed that the Calipari Foundation is working with the nonprofit REACH to provide financial assistance to over 400 furloughed federal employees in Fayette County.

Calipari discussed the grant after an employee at a federal prison in Lexington called in to thank him for the generous gesture, which she was notified about by email this afternoon.

“I just wanted to say thank you to you and Ellen for this. With having to still report to work without pay, it’s huge for us. We really, truly appreciate it.”

Calipari said he didn’t expect the news to break like it did, but he and Ellen felt obligated to help after watching news reports about the shutdown and those affected.

“Ellen and I grew up the same way, payday to payday. It was paycheck to paycheck. It was never — not a whole lot of vacation, so when this thing broke that we have federal people not being paid that are working — you’re not talking $200,000 jobs, you’re talking federal employees. I kind of went and said, how many do we have in Lexington? Wouldn’t you want to know? How many federal employees do we have in Lexington that are being affected? The postal and the military, they’re still being paid, but how about who’s being furloughed. There’s 400, almost 500 people who aren’t being paid.”

“She and I sat there and watched it and said, what can we do, how can we be involved in this? Again, our initial thing was, nobody needs to know, but that email, they must have put us on there. We’re going through REACH, which is a nonprofit, and again, my friends at Kroger are helping, so whether it be gas, or pharmacy, or food, or those items, they can get that. Some need cash based on their situation with family and kids. We’re going to try to touch all 400 of them.”

Those eligible for the grant should have received an email from REACH this afternoon with details and an application. If you believe you’re eligible and did not receive the email, contact REACH at (859) 455-8057. Calipari’s only request?

“My mother taught me to pay it forward. Hopefully these folks, when they get back on their feet, will pay it forward too.”


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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76 Comments for Calipari Foundation to provide relief for over 400 furloughed federal workers

  1. KYCat4EVER
    7:06 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Class act Coach… class act

    • 4everUKblue
      7:42 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Aren’t you the same one that had some ideas about who could replace Cal? Yes you are! This is just one example why Cal is perfect for Kentucky, he cares about people other than himself.

    • unbridled
      9:14 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Ok…I’ll say it, couldn’t coach cal find a more deserving cause? I love coach cal but I don’t think furloughed federal workers warrant recipient of any charitable giving. All politics aside, they are able bodied adults that will receive delayed payment. Wouldn’t sick kids be a better outreach? To each their own though I guess.

    • bigbluebanana
      11:04 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      You have a solid point, and I get what you’re saying, but Cal donates LOTS to St. Jude’s every year, exclusively helping sick children. He also, along with his players, help feed the homeless.

    • J-Dub421
      11:48 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Unbridled, next time you go to get groceries, see if they accept delayed payment. Or find out if the banks will let you slide on your mortgage until the shutdown ends, whenever that may be. See if the pharmacy will spot you your medications on delayed back payment.

    • IrishCat
      8:51 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      I can’t believe I’m reading this. There will always be more ppl in more dire circumstances than any one person or foundation can help. Where to start? Wiser ppl than me or you have said the best place to start is your own backyard. That’s exactly what Cal is doing.

    • unbridled
      11:43 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      I know and like I said, I love coach cal. I just don’t really understand this particular donation. Oh well, my opinion doesn’t really matter in the slightest. Just saying.

    • JoeMoney333
      7:08 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Ubridled, sure there are lots of causes and many in need in this country and around the world. Instead of questioning one man’s charitable giving perhaps it’s an opportunity for you to pick up the causes you think are more important.

    • unbridled
      9:32 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      My charitable giving is kinda none of anyone else’s business. As far as delayed payments for goods or services….federal employees make vastly more money than their private sector counter parts. They’ve just recently (as in Thursday last week) missed a paycheck. Cmon people. These aren’t the indigent poor. How and why do they not have savings? Whose fault is that? They are able bodied adults who could take on a part time job like an adult throughout the furlough. I was laid off once. Did anyone donate to me? Thankfully no. I quickly found a different job. Are we supposed to sympathize with these people because the news tells us how catastrophic the “shut down” is? Hahahaha. No.

    • 4everUKblue
      9:49 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Perhaps you should go back and look at all the charitable work Cal has done. And as far as your charitable giving being none of anyone’s business, Cal’s is none of your business. What gives you the right to judge whether these people have savings or not? Ever think maybe these people have mortgages and children’s educations to take care of? I guess you’re just better than anyone else.

    • jccuk
      9:51 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Once again some of our faithful do not listen to what was said, not all furloughed people are off of work, the young lady who called in was at work, they are working and not getting paid. You don’t know their work schedule and if it allows them to get a second job to help out. This just happened in the past three weeks and they missed their first paycheck last week. Put yourself in their position and see how a missed paycheck will hit your bottom line and to boot you were working!! Coach Cal did not want this to get out which if you seen news about him before, you would know that he donates to many causes and does not seek any kind of recognition which was the case in this instance. So dislike his coaching if you will, but you can’t argue that he is a man with a generous heart and compassion for his fellow man who shares with what he has received from the position that he is in.

    • unbridled
      10:26 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Ummmm…..I’ve repeatedly said that I love coach cal and that I’m thankful he coaches the university of Kentucky. He’s an iconic coach and he remains historically one of the best to ever reach the game. That’s irrelevant. His charitable donation to organizations or individuals is his business….but this made the news and therefore is subject to discussion. That’s all this is. I have little sympathy for this particular cause and feel there are faaaaar more deserving recipients for such giving. Sorry if that offends you.

    • 4everUKblue
      10:40 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      This is not about whether or not you like Cal. Again, you should go back and look at all the charitable donations he’s made to deserving individuals, at least he’s doing something. Since you’re so sensitive about your “charitable giving” you can just keep it to yourself but ask yourself what have I done? I would bet you’d feel much different if it were you. The only thing that offends me is your judgmental attitude.

    • unbridled
      11:04 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry to upset your delicate sensibilities 4everuk. I don’t mean to upset you. Also, my opinion is equally as important as yours….which means not very important. Have a good day scooter.

    • madarchitect
      11:08 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      It is interesting to read how one attempts to provide backup for an originally shallow and selfish opinion.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:11 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Here’s one for you little buddy. How bout when you decide to make a donation you can decide who is deserving and who is not. In the words of Ghandi, “be the change you wish to see in the world”. Or you could just do nothing. I’m guessing you will choose the latter.

    • unbridled
      11:29 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      No thanks. Gandhi was a quasi-socialist and obviously racist towards Africans. I don’t support his moral compass.

      Once again, my charitable givings are none of your business.

      “Shallow and selfish” riiiiiiiight. You seem like a dee thinker.

      Go cats!! In cal I trust.

    • J-Dub421
      2:46 pm January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Where on earth do you get your information?? Federal employees absolutely DO NOT make more than their private sector counterparts. These are real people with real bills to pay who are working without pay.

    • Luether
      12:34 am January 18, 2019 Permalink

      It is a matter of public record that Federal employees absolutely DO make significantly MORE than their private sector counterparts – salary, perks, pension, and health care benefits…

  2. jaws2
    7:21 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    For all the negative that’s said about Cal, he and Ellen are just a class act.

  3. katfan33
    7:35 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Classy move coach!!

  4. 4everUKblue
    7:44 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    I hope Cal coaches at Kentucky for a long time. I love winning but life is not all about basketball, he teaches these young kids how to grow to become respectable and responsible young men.

  5. sincitycat
    7:49 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Thank you Coach from a retired federal worker. You rock.

  6. Aar
    7:50 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    RIGHTEOUS! Particularly touched that he did not want it in the media.

    Wouldn’t be necessary if individuals we all voted for did their fundamental job of COMPROMISE. This comment is intentionally non-partisan and directed equally at all elected officials who refuse to consider anything other than their own hard line position. It is hurting Americans! 400+ in Fayette County alone.

    • RealCatsFan
      8:31 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Couldn’t agree more. Most of our politicians are completely out of touch with what it is to be an average American. They are all caught up in money and power and couldn’t care less about the “little people”.

  7. nicky
    8:04 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    So will they pay him back when it gets settled and they receive their back-pay?

    • henderblue
      8:20 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Coach said he hopes they pay it forward, to someone else who might be needy. He’s a class act, as some others above have mentioned.

    • unbiasedfan
      8:59 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Let’s see how many

    • Aar
      9:18 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t we wish it worked that way. Even if the government “makes them whole”, late fees, penalties, interest and other costs mean that these folks will need more than their back pay just to get back to where they were. Cal’s right, Pay It Forward is the way to go. Goodwill and nice deeds are often worth more than the money. Keep in mind that the Calipari Foundation exists for situations like this.

  8. Hereforbeer
    8:14 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Just like Matt Jones – run for senate/governor after Cals reign and may it live long

  9. RealCatsFan
    8:33 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    As has been said many times, Cal is the perfect ambassador for UK. He gets it!

  10. kybred1
    8:56 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Way to go coach. You are the best!

  11. unbiasedfan
    9:07 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s see how many other big name coaches follows suit. Coach Cal is doing it from his heart not because Coach K did it and he doesn’t want someone else to get ahead of him. Cal’s always a step ahead of the other coaches because he’s led by his spirit and love for people. Remember the telethons he’s done? Not only class but he has a heart of compassion because he’s been where those people are at. He hasn’t forgotten where The Lord has brought him from. You’re the man Coach Cal, your the man.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      9:22 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      If he was “doing it from his heart” he would write a check from his account, instead of from an account people donated to. Calipari does a tremendous service to this community, but I disagree with this one.

    • bigbluebanana
      9:37 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Jiminy, you’re WAY off on this one. First, bashing a man for helping those in need is piss poor. Secondly, Cal donates more money in one month than most people make all year. His track record is not hard to find. This one happens to be more “headline” worthy because as it stands, there are currently thousands of folks up a creek without a paddle and it’s all over the news. If you donate $5 to say, the aspca, does that mean it’s meaningless? Anyone donating time, money, or energy to a worthy cause is just being a decent human being.

    9:47 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t wait to see a certain coach in North Carolina try to play copycat Cal on this too….

  13. J-Dub421
    11:45 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Coach Cal is awesome.

  14. BlueWildcat_99
    12:56 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    Just another reason why Cal is the man!

  15. katmandue2you
    2:09 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    Just curious why the dems don’t get equal billing on the blame game for the shutdown. Can anyone honestly say we don’t need much better security and control of our border? Anyone been touched directly or indirectly by opioid addiction? It’s destroying people right and left (literally and politically). Anyone been in an accident with an illegal and got screwed cause they had no insurance? I don’t care how big of a douchebag Trump is…he’s 100% correct on this. This govt shutdown lays at the feet of the Democrats. It’s outrageous

    • HoosierCatfan
      6:17 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Republicans controlled the House and the Senate for the last 2 years and they didn’t give him his stupid horizontal Trump tower. So how did he think the Democrats would once they took control of the House?

    • RealCatsFan
      7:03 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      A significant portion of the opioid addiction crisis lies at the feet of Big Pharma. They are the ones who pushed dangerous, addictive painkillers that were opioid based and given out like candy. A lot of folks got hooked on these after sustaining an injury, and then turned to drugs like heroin because it is cheaper. And guess who gets their pockets stuffed by Big Pharma lobbyists? Our elected officials.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:14 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      According to the Dept of Homeland Security, illegals cost the country five billion dollars every five days. If a wall only curtailed the flow slightly, it would pay for itself in short order. That makes it a no brainer.

    • Irish son
      8:25 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      And there he is! Another delusional Trumper. He promised to shut it down, and said he would gladly shut it down. It’s HIS shutdown

    • Jiminy Crickets
      8:44 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Yep just like Obamacare did to get 20 billion to shove Obamacare down our throats. People forget Obamacare failed the Supreme Court as a healthcare law, and was rewritten and signed as a tax law. The largest tax increase on the middle class is US history. But yea, 5 billion to protect our borders is a disgrace.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      8:56 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Sometimes people should stop reading headlines, and start reading the article.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      9:19 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      The Supreme Court said as a tax, it meets constitutional rules, therefore it passed on constitutional merit, but also said they had to pass due to law, not due to fairness. The bill forced (mandated) people that are employed to carry insurance, even tho the insurance premiums were increased 1000% and benefits dropped to the point of out of pocket costs prevents most people from even using it. Not only was it a tax, but a tax that can not be quantified because the tax money goes to insurance companies instead of the IRS. Obama signed more executive orders (bypassing congress) than any president in history. Trump COULD sign an executive order for the wall, but the holdout is designed to get congress to do their job, a tool every president in the last 50 years has used.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:35 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Surely you people can see the problem isn’t Democrat or Republican, it’s our political system, it’s rotten to the core, crooked. Open your eyes and look at what both parties have done and are still doing to us and we choose to ignore or choose sides when the only side that should matter is the American people, not a political party.

    • bigbluebanana
      9:48 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Saying democrats deserve equal blame for a shutdown is by far and away the stupidest thing I’m gonna read today. Also, whoever said illegal immigrants cost us 5 billion a day is likely wrong. That number is what trump has claimed it is based off of the budget that is given out. Also convenient that you failed to mention the higher number illegals are responsible for, which is our economy. You can easily fact check a cost benefit analysis from sources other than Fox News and breitbart. I’m not a democrat, and I am not saying illegals are fine, they should go about getting to this country the legal way. But, a stupid wall won’t change any of the numbers. Many of these folks are running here for their lives. Running from murderers and gangs. Running to make money because their children are not eating. Kentucky’s agricultural industry would cease to exist without undocumented workers.

    • 4everUKblue
      10:00 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      I’m saying in general, this country’s problems cannot be boiled down to one political party, they’re all a bunch of criminals. They make laws for us but do not follow those same laws, one party is just as bad as the other and if you do some research outside of the mainstream media you might be surprised what you will find.

    • jaws2
      2:51 pm January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Hoosiercatfan you’re sorely misinformed and really should try educating yourself on Congress. Republicans DID NOT control the congress! Yes they had a majority BUT in all meaningful matters in the Senate YOU MUST have 60 votes to get anything done. The Republicans had a TWO VOTE advantage in the Senate, that’s 52 votes. Damn I hate when people throw out that CONTROLLED the congress card!! Please just PLEASE educate yourselves and stop repeating the party line over and over. It’s just not correct to say.

    • HoosierCatfan
      8:37 pm January 17, 2019 Permalink

      I’m well aware of the way Congress and the Senate work. Bottom line, getting the money for his horizontal Trump tower would have been a lot more likely when Republicans had the majority in both. The fact is, He didn’t have the votes then to get the 5.7 billion for it, so it’s ludicrous to shut down the government and expect it now. The ignorance of this entire thing, along with all the other drama this giant orange Cheeto has caused, like spontaneously withdrawing from Syria, is exactly why Democrats won back the House.

  16. abobicesaevior
    3:03 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    So it’s OK to force other people to pay for it? I’m 100% in favor of voluntary donations to pay for border security.

    • unbridled
      11:41 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      I’m 100% for abolishing federal income taxes as well. Hell, reduce the federal government by 80%. Good call.

  17. UK_fac_boi
    8:34 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    When’s Mexico building this wall jezzzz.

    • jaws2
      5:56 pm January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Based on the new trade deal with Mexico, they’re paying for this wall about 100 times over. Educate yourself and take a look at our trade deficit before Trump vs. what it will be reduced by with the new deal. I’m sure this is waaaaaaay over your head, but just give it a shot. Please just stop repeating what the media and talking heads say over and over……..

  18. Jiminy Crickets
    9:06 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    Are people giving to this charity cool with giving money to healthy, fully grown, gainfully employed people, who are guaranteed to get full back pay?

    • RealCatsFan
      9:26 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Are you talking about honest, hard working people who have to take out loans and pull money from retirement so they can feed their kids and keep the heat on – only because our elected officials are using them as pawns? Then yeah, I’m fine with it.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:28 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      And from what I read, this is Cal’s foundation, so his money, not ours. He can do with it what he wants. Looks to me like his heart is in the right place.

    • bigbluebanana
      9:50 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      I’m more than okay with it. Guaranteed to receive full pay is iffy at best, and who knows how long before these Washington tools get back up and running.

    • unbridled
      11:45 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      If these people are on such dire straights after being delayed a check by a week….they are doing it wrong and it’s their own fault. It’s painfully obvious that the “catastrophe” has been created by the media to politically tarnish a president they don’t like.

    • jaws2
      5:58 pm January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Man, personal responsibility went out the window a LOOOOOONG time ago.

  19. Go Deep
    9:46 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    The federal employee credit union is also giving anyone affected 6k in interest free loans to provide a bridge for one lost paycheck until backpay. So how are these people being compromised?

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:54 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      I bet you’d be totally cool with it if it happened to you.

    • Go Deep
      10:59 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Absolutely! I’ll take a month of vacation on top of my regular vacation days with guarantees to get paid anytime. I’ll save some money to get over that hump.

    • unbridled
      11:47 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Its defintely happened to me. I didn’t receive a dime. I found another job, then I created my own job. Crazy how things happen when you actually work.

  20. Underdog
    9:57 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    I love Coach Cal.

    There is the fact that most federal workers work for unconstitutional agencies. I.e., their job shouldn’t exist.

    Also, good article here. Quotes from an actual federal workers.

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:13 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      You boomers will believe anything you read on the internet.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:31 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      The source of the article is quoted as “a senior member of the Trump Administration” – that bastion of truth and honesty. Yeah, I’m going to go right out and take that with a huge chunk of salt.

  21. Sentient Third Eye
    9:58 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    The real question is, why does the government employ non-essential people to begin with? We live in a classically liberal state based on the writings of John Locke and Adam Smith as filtered through Thomas Jefferson and, especially, James Madison. In such a government, only absolutely necessary government spending can be moral. So it is immoral for the US government to hire non-essential workers based on very philosophical tenets of our system.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:27 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      It is becoming apparent that the non-essential employees are in fact our elected officials. Fiscal sponges.

    • katmandue2you
      1:23 pm January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Looks like I stirred the stew. Suffice to say…thank God I’m not on the liberal democratic “Nancy And Chuck side of things in this world we live in. Nor am I pro Trump. Matter of fact I think he’s a Douchebag and a joke in many ways. But the fact of the matters are he’s a douchebag and a joke that happens to be on the correct side certainly this issue and a great many others. So think about this….what does it say about “the left” that this country would elect a Trump? That in and of itself is a testament to just how out of touch the left is. It’s not that anyone is enthralled with Trump. It’s thatvthe left is intolerable. And quite honestly the much more hypocritical and corrupt group as a whole.

    • jaws2
      3:49 pm January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Well said Katman.

  22. dballrb
    10:42 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    Fed workers can still get “get buy” money from the bank because of being a fed employee.

  23. RealCatsFan
    3:57 pm January 17, 2019 Permalink

    I am truly curious if there is a correlation between the people who think Cal’s efforts to help the furloughed federal employees were unnecessary, and the people who thought Trump buying “hamberders” for the Clemson football team was a classy and generous move. I’ll just leave it here…

    • unbridled
      6:34 am January 18, 2019 Permalink

      Pretty much don’t think it’s relevant. Do you?

    • hillbilly1226
      6:17 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Unbridled, first, if you don’t have anything nice to say then you should have just kept your thumbs to yourself. So glad that you shared what a pompous ass you are with KY. About the Feds: mainly we work in a prison. To make this “big” money and super benefits, we have to be subjected to having feces or urine thrown own us, females get “gunners” (inmates that masturbate) every time they walk by), stay alert for being attacked, pick up trays, feed, handle laundry, medicine, medical care, watch for drugs, intervene in fights, get cursed at just for breathing, and this is just a snippet—but you say we should just get another job. What we do protects you and everyone in the community. It’s a choice. And a proud one. If I walk away from this job, I lose benefits and sick time and vacation time I acquired. Seniority. A chance to move up. We deal with murderers, child molesters or the WORST kind, gang leaders, terrorists that scream infidel over the food served if we were in their clutches would have been beheaded for national TV… all this right here in the federal prisons in Kentucky. And putting away money? What if you are getting raped with child support or have a sick kid? Have 4 kids? Or just started with the bureau? Not everyone is a money guru like you.
      How about one day you get a background check and take a walk around our halls and see what we do and smell what we smell. See if you’re tough enough to handle it. Especially at nigh when you’re locked in a housing unit with 300 inmates a can of OC and your “skills.” Screw your charity. And quit pumping Coach Cal like he’s going to call you. Maybe he has a clue of how we live. What we see and how hard it is. If you think for one second any of us want to be a charity case, think again. We are proud. We take care of our own. I’d starve before I’d ever take a dime from you. And most of us would starve and wait this wall out. We know what comes in. It’s not immigrants fleeing gangs or war. That is your Facebook, CNN and Democrat BS.
      Unbridled, we’d love to know exactly who you are. Come visit us tough guy who thinks we are a bunch of worthless can’t take care of our finances for one paycheck idiots. Walk the corridors with us. Maybe then you will think that we should get paid a little more. Nitbhave to pull 16 hour shifts just to make some money. We have some pens that rock. USP Big Sandy, USP McCreary, FMC Lexington, FCI Ashland, USP Lee. Keep digging about what we should do about quitting, finding another job, saving money… but first, see who is going to replace us if we quit. Could you? Would you?
      Lastly, thank you Coach Cal for taking care of my brothers and sisters in Kentucky. We’d die for each other. When we pass through the fence every day we know we also go out together. Unbridled needs to man up and shut up.