Association of Community Ministries puts out a call for volunteers and donations as Louisville Metro deals with COVID 19
Louisville – It is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help those in need with food, or utility bills and housing. Right now, the Association of Community Ministries is facing one of its biggest challenges as Louisville Metro deals with COVID 19.
On Sunday, the call went out for help to ensure the mission goes on. While basic precautions are being taken, there are still food deliveries which must be made to those in need and concerns COVID 19 may affect many who normally would not need assistance.
“The Association of Community Ministries serves all of Jefferson County and has been the principal distributor of emergency assistance to individuals and families facing a crisis. Our neighborhood-based offices will remain open during this challenging time while also taking precautions to reduce the risk to our clients, volunteers, and staff,” said Clare Wallace of the South Louisville Community Ministries, on branch of the ACM. “Meanwhile, we expect an increase in appointments and calls due to the responsible call to minimize large gatherings and activities impacting business. Which means we need those who are healthy and under the age of 60 willing to serve to help fulfill these roles and volunteer to make sure food and services are being delivered.”
“We on the Metro Council work hand in hand with our Community Ministries. They are vital community partners, helping our most vulnerable citizens,” said Councilman David Yates (D-25). “The Ministries rely on volunteers to help distribute food and provide assistance, but the majority of their volunteers are above the age of 60. It’s important those volunteers protect themselves and that is why we need younger, healthier people to step up and help out.”
“After hearing from constituents and community organizations, I suggested to our local elected officials in South Louisville that to best address the immediate concern of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all begin a coordinated donation drive through our local Association of Community Ministries,” said Rep. Nima Kulkarni of Louisville. “Because they already serve community needs, they are immediately equipped to handle the gathering and distribution of critical supplies. This should just be the start of us all coming together to help those in need. I look forward to working with elected officials in all capacities to get the full weight of state government resources to helping our neighbors.”
“The ACM is looking ahead to next week and beyond, its services must continue,” said Council President David James (D-6). “Again, if you are in a group that could be affected by COVID 19 take precautions. If you are healthy and can help, then please take the time to lend your time and talent.”
Also supporting the call, Council members Nicole George (D-21), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Cindi Fowler (D-14), Paula McCraney (D-7), Keisha Dorsey (D-3), Bill Hollander (D-9), Pat Mulvihill (D-10), Keving Triplett (D-15)Scott Reed (R-16), Marilyn Parker (R-18) and Anthony Piagentini (R-19) along with State Representatives McKenzie Cantrell, Jeff Donohue, Joni Jenkins, Maria Sorolis, Attica Scott, and Lisa Wilner.
“It is vital during these uncertain times that the capable reach out to the least, the lost, the lonely, the laughed at, and the left behind. Charles Dickens once said, No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. I concur and encourage our community to assist area ministries and individually in providing necessities to the most vulnerable among us – the socially, psychologically or economically disadvantaged; the sick, the shut-in and the shunned; the elderly, the immunocompromised and the eagerly awaiting. Do what you can to help others to be fed, sheltered and safe,” said Councilwoman McCraney.
Also join in the call, local labor organizations and representatives of the Jefferson County teachers Association.
“We have already made our commitment to ACM with our membership and we encourage anyone who can to join with us to make sure we take care of those who are going to need our help as the weeks go by,” said Todd Young of the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council.
The ACM is comprised of 13 individual community ministries covering all areas of Louisville Metro. Many of the ministries have already experienced an increase in requests for assistance. It is expected the volume of requests will continue to increase in the coming months due to the ripple effect of disrupted systems and the loss of work.
An online form has been created to quickly and easily sign up if you would like to volunteer. Go to: https://slcm.org/acm-covid19-response . To learn more about the work of the Association of Community Ministries, go to: www.louisvilleministries.org/