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Build-A-Bed targets children in Kentucky that are living in homes with not enough beds, or none at all. This project is designed to promote healthy bedtime rituals, improve the quality of sleep, and create happier days, brighter dreams and more opportunities for a lifetime of success. The mission is to ensure that P-12 Eastern Kentucky children (ages 3-18) are guaranteed a proper place to sleep in their homes. Each recipient is given a twin-sized bed and mattress, a set of sheets, a blanket or quilt, a hygiene kit, books, night light or alarm clock and a stuffed animal. 

Apply for a bed

Applications are accepted in February, and beds a built and distributed in April. 

Counties eligible for MSU's Build-A-Bed program include the following: Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harrison, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rowan, and Wolfe. You may apply online or print an application and send it to MSUCorps.

Send printed applications to:

John Rowe, MSU Corps
Morehead State University
210 Education Services Building
Morehead KY 40351

John may be reached by phone at 606-783-2719 or email at We receive a large number of applications each year, so please be aware not all applicants may receive beds. 

Sponsor a Child

You can sponsor a child for $200. By giving the gift of a good night's sleep, your donation to a child is immeasurable. We are seeking monetary or in-kind donations, which we will use to complete our yearly goal of 200 beds. 


The Kentucky Build-A-Bed project began in 2009 when two Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs, Success Corps and FRYSC Corps, built 57 beds for children in their service region. Since 2009, the project has gained much momentum. In 2010, the founding groups spearheaded a massive statewide build where 557 beds were built and distributed to P-12 students across Kentucky. In 2011, various Kentucky AmeriCorps programs began hosting regional builds across the state. MSUCorps and the Morehead Build-A-Bed partners are beginning their ninth year of their regional Build-A-Bed project. 

  • The 2020 MSU Build-A-Bed project provided 200 beds and bedtime bags to PK-12 children.
  • The 2019 MSU Build-A-Bed project provided 300 beds and bedtime bags to PK-12 children.
  • The 2018 MSU Build-A-Bed project provided 300 beds and bedtime bags to PK-12 children.
  • The 2017 MSU Build-A-Bed project provided 256 beds and bed-time bags to PK-12 children.
  • The 2016 MSU Build-A-Bed project provided 180 beds and bedtime bags to PK-12 children.
  • The 2015 MSU Build-A-Bed project provided 183 beds and bedtime bags to PK-12 children.
  • The 2014 MSU Build-A-Bed project provided 150 beds and bedtime bags to PK-12 children.
  • The 2013 MSU Build A Bed project provided 98 beds and bedtime bags to PK-12 children.
  • The 2012 MSU Build a Bed project provided 57 beds and bedtime bags to PK-12 children. 
  • The 2011 MSU Build a Bed project provided 74 beds and bedtime bags to PK-12 children. 

MSU Build-A-Bed Partners

  • AmeriCorps
  • Frenchburg Job Corps CCC
  • Gateway Homeless Coalition
  • KYCUL Ashland Chapter
  • Member's Choice Credit Union
  • MSUCorps
  • Office of Regional Education & Outreach
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP)


The following FAQ should answer questions you may have about the Morehead Build-A-Bed project.

  1. You must have a child living in your household enrolled in school (3-18) who does not currently have a bed.
  2. You must meet the income guidelines listed on the application.
  3. You must have transportation to pick up the bed.
  4. You must have a bedroom in which the bed will fit and be utilized by the child.
  5. You must complete the application and submit it by the specified deadline.
  6. You must be a resident in one of the 25 counties in the service area.
  7. The following criteria will be considered when determining eligibility for awarded beds: age, income, number in household and current sleeping arrangements.

  1. Bed recipients will be chosen based on the applications from 25 counties including: Bath, Bourbon, Bracken, Breathitt, Clark, Fleming, Floyd, Harrison, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rowan, and Wolfe.
  2. You may apply for more than one bed per household on the same application, but there is no guarantee you will receive a bed(s).

  1. You can obtain an application on the MSUCorps website.
  2. You can obtain an application from the MSUCorps Member or Family Resource Center at your child's school, or one of the partner agencies affiliated with the project.

The bed dimensions are: Height – 29 ¾ (Headboard), Width – 39 ½, Length – 81 ½.

Each bed will have a frame, mattress, and bedtime kit containing sheets, a pillow, a blanket, a book, a hygiene kit, and a stuffed animal.

  • If you would like to volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator Melisa Patrick at and type “Build-A-Bed” in the subject line.
  • Sponsorship forms are available on the Build-A-Bed webpage.
  • You can directly contact an MSUCorps Member or one of the partners listed, which include Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), MSU Office of Regional Education and Outreach, Gateway Homeless Coalition, and Frenchburg Job Corps CCC.

  • Donations of any size are accepted.
  • A minimum of $200 is required to sponsor a full bed.
  • All donors will have their names displayed on posters on build day.



Yes, all donations and sponsorships are tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt from Morehead State University.

  • Application deadline, February
  • Sponsorship deadline to be on posters, March
  • Bed build and distribution date, April

Contact Us

MSU Corps

201 Education Services Building
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2719