Community Involvement

Veterans and Military Support

Since 9-11, Milward has been a business member of the Bluegrass Military Affairs Coalition. Additionally, many of its staff members have become individual members based on their volunteer participation.  BMAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exemp, non-sectarian,  non-partisan civilian organization of patriotic indviduals, businesses, government enttities, all branches of the United States military and veterans. Its purpose is to promote the awarenss of and educate the public about the armed forces of the United States of America and their contributions to our safety, the preservation of our freedoms and their state of readiness.

Annually, representatives from Milward assist BMAC with event operations at the BMAC Annual Armed Forces Day events. The staff greets and directs guests to their seating, serves the meal and provides assistance during the award ceremony.

During KY Wounded Warriors Week in September, the Milward staff express their appreciation to post 9/11 KY Wounded Warriors by hosting and providing staff for the KY Wounded Warriors Silent Auction at the Milward Celebration Center of Lexington.  

In addition, Milward is honored to be able to provide volunteers for the KY Wounded Warriors Celebrity Golf Tournament.  Unlike other tournaments where the celebrities are movie stars and nationally-known athletes, the celebrities at the BMAC golf tournament are our American heroes who have fought for democracy and freedom around the world.

The purpose of KY Wounded Warriors Week is to raise awareness in the central Kentucky area about KY Wounded Warriors and their families who care for them. Some of these Veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have military service related problems that prevent them from gaining and/or holding jobs. Some are still rehabilitating from mental and physical wounds. Volunteering during KY Wounded Warriors Week is one way Milward staff can help BMAC bring awareness to community leaders who need to learn about these citizens so they can direct resources to help them to become as productive as they can be in their civilian lives.  Milward believes that everyone should know who these individuals are who stepped forward and raised their right hand to risk their lives to defend the constitution and nation. 

Each November, Americans are asked to pause at 11am on November 11 to pay tribute to Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.  Since 2000, Milward Funeral Directors has been recognizing Veterans in partnership with BMAC during the Community Veterans Day Observance.  In addition to the Observance which has included a remarks, recognition and a patriotic musical salute, in recent years Milward has been priviledged to be able to serve free meals to Veterans during the organization's "Vets Eat Free" event.


Lexington Arts

Milward has always believed that a thriving arts scene makes a community stronger and has contributed in many ways over the years, but felt they needed to contribute more.  

Milward surprised the community in 2011 when they announced the funeral home would be hosting a play at its new Milward Funeral Directors - Man O' War Celebration Center of Lexington. Two sold out weekends later and positive reviews of both the play and its facility proved to Milward that its decision to support the arts community was a decision they needed to continue to support.

In 2012, Milward became a host venue at its beautiful historic North Broadway location for artists during the LexArts Gallery Hop, a Friday evening showing of local artwork.  Since then, Milward has had thousands of people visit its location to see many techniques of art from photography to water color to illustrations to sign art.  In addition to one gallery that featured the Lexington School for Creative and Performing Arts, the other galleries featured artwork by individual photographers and artists:

  • Andrew Fore
  • Cindy Baker
  • Darrell Ishmael
  • Earlane Cox
  • John A. Cox
  • Kimberly Thomasson
  • Marilyn Hitchner
  • Mike Creech
  • Roger Ballard
  • Stephanie Wiant
  • Susan Miller
  • Bill Straus
  • Ray House
  • Carol Constantino
  • Sharon Ross

Bluegrass Music & Barbeque

As the Summer comes to an end each year, Milward invites families it has served and the community to enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the Bluegrass Music and Barbeque event held its Southland Drive location. While families enjoy fellowship a good hearty barbequed meal, the Second Time Around Band of Lexington, Kentucky entertains the crowd with Bluegrass music.  


American Cancer Society - Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure

In October 2012, Milward staff partnered with local florist, Kreations by Karen, to purchase and distribute approximately 300 mums in flower pots with pink covers to breast cancer survivors and family members during the American Cancer Society-Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure in Downtown Lexington.  Funds from the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure stay in the community to help fund education, screenings for breast cancer, and treatment for men and women battling the disease and invested in to research to help find the cure.

Clergy Breakfast

Annually, Milward hosts a Clergy Breakfast for local ministers to enjoy fellowship with other community religious leaders while eating breakfast.  Following breakfast, clergy have the opportunity to take a tour of the Milward facility, ask funeral directors questions and listen to remarks made by a featured speaker on an educational topic related to planning funerals, what to do when death has occurred, coping with grief or a related topic.


Shriner's Hospital for Children - Lexington, KY

As a board member for the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Lexington since 2010, KY, Rob Milward contributes to the well-being of children who are need of medical care.  Shriner's Hospital specializes in orthopaedics, burns, spinal cord injury rehabilitation and cleft lip and palate.  

Help for Eastern Kentucky Tornado Victims
In the wake of the tornado that swept through Eastern Kenucky, Grant Bolt, general manager of Milward Funeral Directors, initiated efforts through the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky to gather a group of funeral directors and staff to travel to West Liberty, Kentucky to help their friends at Potter Funeral Home clean up debris.  The funeral home was severely damaged.  Milward was represented by Rob Milward, Grant Bolt, Joe Scherr and Charles Renfro.



Women's Hope Center

The Women's Hope Center is a supportive, safe environment for women to go to gain sobriety as opposed to going to a detoxification center. Milward Event Planner, Grace Johnson enjoys her time serving meals and spending time with the women, listening, sharing adult conversation and Bible fellowship.

Room in The Inn

Every week, Funeral Director Tom Howard dedicates one evening a week to volunteer at Room in The Inn.  Room in The Inn provides seasonal, temporary shelter and hospitality to the homeless of Lexington.