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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Volunteers Will Have Big Impact During Give A Day Week

Thursday April 10, 2014

Volunteers still needed for many projects, April 12-20

Volunteers will build 200 beds for school students without one. Firefighters and other volunteers will rebuild three abandoned homes for needy families. A new garden will be built at a West Louisville school and stuffed animals will be sorted and tagged for children who have survived a crisis

Those and hundreds of other projects and initiatives will be happening during the annual Give A Day week of community service, April 12-20, which begins the day of Thunder Over Louisville and helps launch the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival.

Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal for the week is to break Louisville’s existing “world record” for caring and helping – with at least 120,000 volunteers and acts of compassion.

The week will start with a gigantic cleaning and brightening of the city, when nearly 9,000 volunteers will help Brightside with cleanups in hundreds of neighborhoods, schools and parks Sat., April 12.

Volunteers are still needed for more than 100 projects of all kinds. To register, go to the website: and click on “volunteer for an existing project.” Groups and individuals can use the same website to report projects and good deeds they do on their own.

Fischer praised Metro United Way for its key role in placing volunteers with needy projects and organizations through its year-round Volunteer Connection.

For those who can’t volunteer time, many giving opportunities are available Give A Day week including:

· Donating shoes to WaterStep at locations throughout the city. The shoes help fund providing clean drinking water around the world;

· Donating a backpack to help a needy student. Backpacks can be dropped off at any public or private golf course through April 15;

· Donations to help plant and maintain trees in Louisville. Donate online at;

· Buy a $10 Simply Give card at local Meijer stores on April 12 and your donation will be triple matched;

· Dropping cans of food into Dare to Care bins at local Kroger stores.

Give A Day week of service April 12-20
Partial list of projects

· April 12, 9 a.m. (Mayor Fischer) Build A Bed. YouthBuild and Americorps volunteers partner with JCPS to build 200 beds for schoolchildren, many of whom have experienced homelessness. Meyzeek Middle School, 828 S. Jackson St. Contact: Ben Langley, 338-3317.

· April 12, 10 a.m. (Mayor Fischer) Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup led by Girl Scouts. More than 100 Girl Scouts from Troops 1552 & 1553 will be cleaning around the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Blvd. Contact: Kenyatta Thomas. 552-1016.

· April 12, 11 a.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are building a new home for a family of four who have come to Louisville from Africa. 934 S. Hancock St. Contact: Rob Locke, 664-4983.

· April 12, 12 p.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Love Louisville Trees/Brightside Plantings. Volunteers with Louisville Grows, Inc., Brightside and other organizations will plant trees in West Louisville, including 25 trees at Shawnee Academy, part of the initiative to grow Louisville’s tree canopy. 4001 Herman St. Contact: Valerie Magnuson, 681-5106.

· April 13, 9:30 a.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Thunder Over Louisville cleanup. Mayor Fischer will join volunteers from YouthBuild and other groups in helping finish cleaning up from Thunder. Waterfront Park. Contact: Aimee Boyd, 741-7442.

· April 13, 12:30 p.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Volunteers will support the Bowl for Kid’s Sake at Rose Bowl Lanes. 2217 Goldsmith Lane. Contact: Charlene Bowman, 648-1963.

· April 13, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. –- Shoe Collection Drive for WaterStep at the CyLouVia. People participating in the open street CyLouVia event on Frankfort Ave. will bring shoes for WaterStep. Donated shoes help fund the organizations efforts to provide clean water around the world. Collection bins will be located at stores and locations between Stilz Ave. and Pope St.

· April 14, 10 a.m. (Mayor Fischer) Build A Bed Delivery to students and families. Some of the 200 beds built by volunteers Sat. April 12 will be delivered to Cochran Elementary School, 500 W. Gaulbert Ave. Contact: Ben Langley, 338-3317.

· April 14, 1:30 p.m. (Mayor Fischer) -- Build A Garden at Roosevelt Perry Elementary School. Volunteers with the PGA will build the school’s first ever garden to help supply fresh produce for school lunches. Contact: Steve McMillen, 779-0986.

· April 14, 5-6:30 p.m. – Volunteers of America Family Emergency Shelter. Volunteers from Texas Roadhouse will serve dinner to shelter residents – then volunteers with the Indian Professional Council will organize a Family Fun Night for the families and children. 1321 S. Preston St. Contact: Jennifer Recktenwald, 994 9167

· April 15, 9:30 a.m. – Bears on Patrol/Kosair Charities. Kosair Charities has collected thousands of stuffed animals to provide to local and state police, sheriff’s office and others to place in their patrol cars for children who are in accidents, crimes or other upsetting situations. Volunteers from the Louisville Zoo will sort, tag and bag the stuffed animals. 982 Eastern Parkway Contact: Stephanie Smith 432-4489.

· April 15 – Dixie Elementary School outside “green classroom” renovation by volunteers from Gazelle, Inc. and Home Depot. 10201 Casalanda Dr. Contact: Stephen Howard, Principal, 693-5934.

· April 15, 2 p.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Volunteers Providing Free Tax Assistance. With the tax filing deadline at midnight, the Mayor will thank VITA volunteers who are helping families and individuals file their taxes. Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway. Contact: Nedra Young, 416-4569.

· April 16, 11:30 a.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Delivery of donated backpacks for Blessings in a Backpack. Hundreds of backpacks for needy students donated through a backpack-raiser organized by the PGA, will be delivered to Blessings in a Backpack, 4121 Shelbyville Rd. Contact:

· April 16, 1:30 p.m. (Mayor Fischer) –Dare to Care/ Chenoweth Elementary School. Students will wage a CANStand to collect canned goods for Dare to Care. Contact: Caroline Knop, 721-8636.

· April 16, 2:15 p.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Real Men Read Day, organized by Jefferson County Public Schools. Mayor Fischer will read to third-grade students at Wheatley Elementary School, 1107 S. 17th St. Contact: Carla Kolodey, Assistant Principal, 548-3859.

· April 16, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. -- Supplies Over Seas. UPS volunteers will help sort and package medical supplies and equipment to send to needy countries. 1500 Arlington Ave. 40206. Contact: Karen Womack, 649-9026.

· April 17, 1 p.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Walden School C.A.R.E.S.-A-Thon. All Walden students and staff, more than 300, will participate in Walk-a-thon, Dance-a-thon, or Callisthenic-a-thon activity to raise money for local charities, and collecting books and backpacks. Walden School, 4238 Westport Rd. Contact: Johnpaul McLean, 310-936-1331.

· April 18, 10:15 a.m. (Mayor Fischer) -- Fuller Center for Housing/Youthbuild. Will turn over the keys to an abandoned home that has been renovated to a needy family that has been its own “sweat equity” into the home – location TBD. Volunteers who helped rebuild the home included a team from Louisville’s YouthBuild organization and Louisville Firefighters. The Fuller Center takes abandoned and boarded-up properties and turns them into usable homes. Fuller Center volunteers are working on two other homes during GAD week. Contact: Steve Marrilla, 693-2216.

· April 19, 10:30 a.m. (Mayor Fischer) --- Outside Makeover for Keystone Learning Academy in the Park Hill neighborhood of West Louisville. Up to 200 Humana volunteers will do landscaping, work on a community garden and playground, painting and other work. 1705 S. 13th St. Contact: London Roth, 704.756.3108.

· April 19, 1 p.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Clothes for needy students for JCPS Back to School Blitz. Volunteers will deliver 1,000 pairs of pants and help sort the clothes for the Clothing Assistance Program. CAP warehouse, 519 S. 15th St. Contact: Wendy Sirchio, 333-5932.

· April 19, 2 p.m. (Mayor Fischer) – Shawnee neighborhood cleanup. More than 500 volunteers organized by Brightside and New Breed Church will clean up a large area around 41st & Market.