Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.
Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.

Faces of First Responders

Ken Kimble knows non-profit organizations make a difference. After graduating from the University of Memphis, he went on to work for two organizations that made a significant difference in his life growing up – Boy Scouts of America and Christian Brothers High School.

As a Roman Catholic, he was always aware of Catholic Charities, but he recently made a commitment to become a monthly donor to Catholic Charities of West Tennessee as a First Responder to Poverty. 

During September, Catholic Charities is highlighting First Responders because monthly donors are vital to our ability to continue in our mission.

 “The corporal works of mercy have really spoken to me,” said Ken, who is now managing director of development for regional growth at Youth Villages. “I wanted my money to go where it is directly helping people in need. I got on the internet and started doing research, and everything that Catholic Charities is doing really spoke to me.’’

Ken and his wife, Amy, have two young daughters and are parishioners at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Amy works as a nurse practitioner for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“With two young kids and both of us working full-time, it’s difficult to find the time to get deeply involved in volunteering,” Ken said. “We are fortunate to be in a position to make charitable contributions because we know firsthand that the organizations really need that money.”

Ken also said he knows firsthand that hard times come to everyone. “I’ve had extended family members who, at different times in life have fallen on significantly hard times but were fortunate enough to have some level of a support system,” he said. “For people who don’t have that support system, for Catholic Charities to come in and take a little bit of that pressure off is a big deal.”

Because Catholic Charities provides help and hope to those in need, the Kimbles will continue supporting their efforts, Ken said. “We are going to continue giving to Catholic Charities because we know our money is going directly to the work that Christ wants us to do.”

Learn more about becoming a First Responder here.