Louisville is a Compassionate City
On 11-11-11, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed a resolution committing to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign – making Louisville an international compassionate city, the largest city in America with that distinction.
“Being a compassionate city is both the right thing and the necessary thing to do to ensure that we take care of all of our citizens,” Fischer said. “There’s a role for all of us in making sure no one is left behind or goes wanting.”
Compassion can take many forms, Fischer said, ranging from shoveling snow from the sidewalk of an elderly neighbor to helping read to a struggling student.
Fischer said Louisville is already home to a “critical mass” of such organizations including the Muhammad Ali Center, Center for Interfaith Relations, the annual Festival of Faiths, Presbyterian USA headquarters, WaterStep, and universities and seminaries located here.
Among the initiatives in Louisville,are the Mayor's Give a Day Week, mentoring programs, and community beautification and clean projects.
“I'm impressed with what you've accomplished in Louisville, both in terms of your organization of the elements to mobilize the campaign as well as the broad constituency you've involved. What you’ve done and are moving forward in doing shows clear leadership,” said Ari Cowan, co-director of the International Institute, who joined Fischer at the signing ceremony.
To help develop and implement Louisville’s city-wide campaign for compassion, Fischer created the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville which will be co-chaired by Tom Williams, an attorney with Stoll Keenon Ogden, and Sadiqa Reynolds, Fischer’s chief of community building.
The campaign will include developing alliances with key local and international organizations and groups that focus on compassion.