Kentucky Science Center’s new Community Access Membership has seen tremendous growth since its launch in December 2020. Currently, over 1700 households have registered for these free memberships with continued growth expected over the coming weeks and months.
The Community Access Membership provides a free family level membership to participants in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Women Infants Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program. SNAP/WIC cards from any state are accepted as proof of eligibility for this membership.
Kentucky Science Center is able to provide Community Access Memberships free of charge to participating families thanks to the support of generous community sponsors like The UPS Foundation, who recently pledged support for the program.
Kentucky Science Center Chief Executive Officer Mike Norman believes that the rapid growth in Community Access Membership sign-ups proves that the program is meeting a crucial community need. “Kentucky Science Center is committed to providing equitable access for families across Kentuckiana and beyond to Do Science with us,” says Norman. “We’ve always believed in the idea of “Science for All” – that science education should be available to everyone regardless of socioeconomic status or ability to pay. Programs like this help us put that belief into practice in a truly powerful way.”
“We hope the Community Access Memberships will provide the spark to help unlock the potential in young visitors who otherwise would not have been able to experience the Kentucky Science Center. Serving our communities in which we live and work, not by just delivering packages and vaccines, but by advocating for an equitable society in which everyone can participate and prosper goes back to our founding and continues today,” UPS Community Relations Manager Justin Heckel says.
Application forms for the Community Access Membership can be downloaded from kysciencecenter.org/membership or are available at Kentucky Science Center’s ticket desk and select community partners. Forms must be returned to KY Science Center in person with a valid SNAP/WIC card and photo ID at the time of membership activation. The SNAP/WIC recipient must be named on the membership.
In conjunction with the Community Access Membership, Kentucky Science Center also launched Supporting Memberships. Members will have the option to donate the cost of an additional membership when purchasing a membership for themselves. These tax-deductible donations will support the Annual Fund for Science, which helps Kentucky Science Center further its mission of doing science throughout the community.
Kentucky Science Center remains open to the public. With limited capacity, mask requirements, and more than 50,000 square feet of space, families can Do Science safely inside the building. In order to keep our youngest guests safe, Kentucky Science Center continues to require masks for all guests 6 years of age and older. Advance tickets are recommended due to capacity restrictions.
About Kentucky Science Center (kysciencecenter.org)
Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to do science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families, and adults. Kentucky Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions, and challenges.
About UPS (ups.com)
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is one of the world’s largest package delivery companies with 2020 revenue of $84.6 billion and provides a broad range of integrated logistics solutions for customers in more than 220 countries and territories. The company’s more than 540,000 employees embrace a strategy that is simply stated and powerfully executed: Customer First. People Led. Innovation Driven. UPS is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and supporting the communities we serve around the world. UPS also takes a strong and unwavering stance in support of diversity, equality, and inclusion.