Flood Relief Donation

Update: 09/06/22

It is hard to believe that it has been a little over five weeks since the flooding that devastated Eastern KY and Troublesome Creek lived up to its name. Things are beginning to move toward a new normal, as evidenced by the start of school; Knott County Schools are scheduled to begin on September 19th. 

As the recovery efforts continue in the region, it is time for Hindman Settlement School to return to the things that we do best; Education, Foodways, and Traditional Arts.  Therefore, Saturday, September 10th, will be the last day Hindman Settlement School will distribute supplies to our community.  My Favorite Things will continue t accept donations through September 17th. Any remaining supplies will be sent to other local sites that will continue to distribute and provide support to our friends and neighbors. Hindman Settlement School will continue to accept gift cards and cash donations, helping us with ongoing support and recovery efforts. 

With the start of school quickly approaching, the Amazon Wishlist has been updated with Needs for the James Still Learning Center. 

We will continue to need volunteers in the weeks and months ahead to assist with the recovery of office files, paperwork, and archives.  Housing will be available for volunteers.  Please include your housing request with your volunteer form submission.

Words are inadequate to express our appreciation for the continued support.


Update: 08/17/22


It is hard to believe it has been 3 weeks since the flooding tore through Eastern Kentucky leaving so much devastation and destruction in its wake.  Hindman Settlement School continues to be a hub of activity for flood relief efforts for our community. During the past weeks, the most basic essentials of everyday life have been our primary focus; food, clean water, shelter, first-aid and so much more.   The community and the Settlement School are still without drinkable running water.   

Our staff and volunteers continue to distribute donated water, food, and other items. As the community’s focus shifts toward recovery, the needs have changed to items for rebuilding.  The Immediate Needs list below has been updated.

The extraordinary support of so many though donations and volunteering has been humbling.  Volunteers and donations are still vital to the rebuilding and recovery of Eastern Kentucky. 

Additionally, in an effort to reopen the James Still Learning Center, we have created an Amazon Wishlist to refurnish and resupply the educational programs and prepare for the start of school.



Thank you to all of the volunteers, those who have contributed so much so quickly, and for the outpouring of support!


As the situation in Hindman and our region evolves, we will provide news and updates on this page as well as on social media.


It is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of loss that our region is experiencing. The basics of life, those that I have taken for granted, such as a hot meal, running water, bathroom facilities, and a safe, dry place to sleep each night...are all things that are difficult to find in Eastern Kentucky at the moment.


Hindman Settlement School is operating as a base of operations in a number of ways. Unfortunately, the community and Hindman are still without running water and electricity. Our staff and volunteers continue working to provide 3 hot meals a day, cooking on outdoor grills with propane gas for anyone who needs a meal, safe and dry accommodations for 100+ people, and we are distributing donations to our community members. Hindman Settlement School is open and welcoming to anyone who has a need.

Immediate Needs are listed below and will be updated as the situation evolves.


As we continue to care for each other in Eastern Kentucky - your continued support is invaluable!


Many thanks,


July 27 - 28th, 2022 brought unprecedented torrential rains and devastating flooding to Eastern Kentucky, the likes of which we haven’t experienced in the 120 years of Hindman Settlement School. The entire region is experiencing loss; loss of loved ones, their homes, cars, and of the basic necessities like food, water, shelter and sanitary conditions. Hindman Settlement School has sustained significant damage to the property and buildings, but we are so grateful that the Hindman Settlement School staff and the guests that were on campus are all safe.


The photos are a very brief snapshot of the flooding and damage to the property at Hindman Settlement School.  Buildings can be repaired - but more importantly our attention now turns to helping our friends, neighbors and community by providing meals, shelter, and basic necessities.


We have received calls and messages from so many looking for ways to help and we cannot thank you enough for reaching out!  Our immediate needs include cash donations and the supplies below.


As the situation evolves, we will update this page with information and supplies needed. Thank you for your support!


Will Anderson
Executive Director
Hindman Settlement School

Volunteer Information

Volunteers are needed Monday – Friday to assist in recovery of office materials and archives. 

On-Campus Donation Distribution will end on Friday, September 10th.

*My Favorite Things will continue to accept donations through Saturday, september 17th.

Drop-off Locations

My Favorite Things
2721 Old Rosebud Road (Hamburg)
Lexington, KY 40509

Hindman Settlement School
51 Center St.
Hindman, KY 41822

Drop-off Hours

Tuesday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday, Monday: Closed 
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am – 4pm