Court clerks focus on organ donation despite changes to driver’s license procedures
Despite driver’s license changes, Kentucky Circuit Court clerks remain deeply committed to the mission of organ donation and transplantation.
Circuit Clerk’s established Trust For Life (TFL), a 501c3 non-profit organization, in 1992.
Circuit clerks chose to collect dollar donations for education about the vital need for organ donation when the mission was not as commonly discussed as it is today. Since then, the TFL has raised and invested more than $18 million in organ donation education in Kentucky.
Their efforts have resulted in millions of people saying “YES” to organ donation and a dramatic increase in organ transplants. Most people register as organ donors when they get a driver’s license. Since 2006, when the Kentucky Organ Donor Online Registry was established, circuit clerks have added more than 2 million names to the registry.
“We are proud of the work we have done since 1992 and know that our support must continue. Although we are no longer legally required to ask about registry and dollar donations because we no longer issue licenses, we see the need in our communities and want to help. Today, nearly 1,000 Kentuckians are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Across America, 20 people die every day because of this need,” shares Lincoln Co. circuit clerk Angie Doolin.
Although it began as a charitable project of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks, TFL has grown into a nationally award-winning nonprofit organization for excellence in organ donation education. In addition to the vital support of circuit clerks, TFL has mission-focused strategic partners, such as Kosair Charities, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Donate Life America and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, as well as outside philanthropic contributors and volunteers who support this education. public to save lives.
“We are an innovative, diverse and financially sound organization. Our foundation is strong and I am proud of how Trust For Life has grown. We will continue to pivot to meet the demands of today’s changing economy and the great need for transplantation. Increasing the number of organ and tissue donors is essential to saving lives,” says Stacy Bruner, Trimble Circuit Clerk and current Chair of the Board of Trust For Life.
TFL Executive Director Shelley Snyder said: “Our vision is to have a world where no one is waiting for a life-saving transplant. Today, people wait months and years for their gift of life. Like all organizations, we need to be agile and adapt to the ever-changing landscape. We are confident in this next chapter, with the support of our Board of Directors and partners statewide, that we will continue to grow and save more lives than ever before.
“With the support of our partners and the continued work of circuit clerks in their communities, through conferences, festivals or fundraising events, we know that this organization and the rescue mission we serve will never won’t skip a beat,” says Bruner.
“Circuit Clerks committed to supporting the mission of organ donation 30 years ago, and the impact has changed the lives of so many Kentucky families. It’s exciting to see the continued momentum at the circuit clerk’s office, even as the driver’s license leaves our office and more doors open,” says Calloway Co. circuit clerk Linda Avery. Avery is the current President of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks and past Chairman of the Board of Trust For Life.
There are no age or health restrictions, so anyone can register as a vital donor. For more information on organ, tissue and cornea donation or to register as a donor, please visit donatelifeky.org.