December 10, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer urges Louisville’s citizens to step up and volunteer for JCPS’s “Take What You Can Tote” clothing giveaway events in December.  The effort is a partnership between JCPS’s 15th District PTA Clothing Assistance Program, known as CAP, and Metro Government’ Office for Safe and Health Neighborhoods.  While any Louisville family in need is welcome, the initiative specifically targets high poverty neighborhoods in Louisville’s Zones of Hope.  These are Russell, Parkland, Shawnee, California and Newburg.

On two consecutive Saturdays, December 13 and 20, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., families in need of winter coats and other clothing are invited to shop at no cost at the headquarters of the 15th District PTA Clothing Assistance Program (CAP) at 319 South 15th Street (between Jefferson and Muhammad Ali).  Each family will be given six large bags to fill and Take What You Can Tote.   While CAP’s clothes closet is filled with thousands of high quality donations, volunteers are desperately needed to sort clothing and help families shop for what they need this winter.

“We want Louisville to be known as the most caring city, where neighbors help neighbors and people look after each other,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Volunteering for the CAP program is a great way for families to help out during the holidays, spreading cheer and setting a good, compassionate example for our future generations.”

“JCPS is honored to partner with Mayor Fischer and Louisville Metro Government to bring new hope to our city’s Zones of Hope, where so many families are struggling,” says Dr. Donna Hargens.  “Our 15th District PTA and its Clothing Assistance Program does an amazing job for our students each year.  We expect the Take What You Can Tote events to reach hundreds of additional families.”

Inspired by the Casey Family Programs’ initiative called Weekends of Hope, Louisville created the Zones of Hope.  Today, over 60 community organizations work in the Newburg, Russell, Parkland, Shawnee and California neighborhoods to reduce the number of homicides and improve both education and employment for young black boys and men.  The majority of the boys and men who live in the Zones of Hope are JCPS students and JCPS alumni.

“Sixty-seven percent of Jefferson County Public Schools students are eligible for free and reduced lunch and a disproportionate number of our families in poverty live in West Louisville and Newburg,” says Jefferson County Board of Education Chair Diane Porter.  “Children whose families cannot afford warm and proper clothing walk into the classroom at a disadvantage.   Take What You Can Tote is a worthy effort to bridge an unacceptable gap and barrier to learning,” adds Porter.

Each year, the 15th District PTA Clothing Assistance Program serves between 6,000 and 8,000 students whose parents and guardians cannot afford to buy their children the clothing they need.  Any family in need is welcome to shop at Take What You Can Tote, even if their children have received assistance from the program earlier this school year.


Take What You Can Tote

Saturday, December 13, 2014 (For Russell, Parkland and Shawnee families)

Saturday, December 20, 2014 (For California and Newburg families)

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

JCPS 15th District PTA Headquarters

Clothing Assistance Program

319 South 15th Street