Mayor Fischer says compassionate Louisvillians are helping their neighbors amid challenging COVID-19 outbreak

March 23, 2020

As the community continues to be challenged by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Mayor Greg Fischer today lauded the many, many compassionate people who have opened up their wallets to help their neighbors.

After less than a week, the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund has collected $5.6 million to help to people and organizations impacted by the unprecedented economic shutdown taking place.

“This is an example of how the spirit of a compassionate city shines through in a moment of challenge,” Mayor Fischer said. “My goal was to start this fund with $2 million, and we easily beat that by starting with $3.6 million. Today, it’s grown to $5.6 million, and the money keeps coming in.”

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The One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to help people and community organizations meet immediate physical and operational needs, such as food, transportation, educational services, and more.

“I’m proud of people for stepping up. I know we’re getting a lot of calls to our Department of Resilience and Community Services from individuals and families, as well as a lot of interest on the non-profit side as well,” the Mayor said. “And we have to remember the essential work our non-profits do throughout the city particularly with children and struggling families, in health, education and so many areas. There are lots of heroes on this. Everyone is coming together.”

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The fund is a community partnership that includes Metro Government, business leaders like UPS, Humana and GLI, and philanthropic partners like the James Graham Brown Foundation, Metro United Way, and the Community Foundation of Louisville.

“A lot of this money is coming from our major employers and philanthropic foundations, but anyone can contribute, and any amount will help – $5, $10, $5,000. That $5 from you is just as important as a large amount of money coming from someone else,” Mayor Fischer said. “I’m proud of people for stepping up, and we need to keep up the momentum because support for families and the non-profit community is critical. The need is going to continue to increase.” 

Individual Assistance: To apply for individual assistance, call Metro311 or (502) 574-5000, or visit www.louisvilleky.gov/neighborhoodplace 

Grants for community-based organizations: For information on grants to community-based organizations, go to www.louisvilleky.gov/government/city/one-louisville-covid-19-response-fund

Mayor again stresses the need for “social distancing”

With 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisville and one fatality, Mayor Fischer again urged Louisvillians to avoid public places and practice strict “social distancing” when they do have to go out.

The Mayor noted that Louisvillians were spotted playing pickup basketball and congregating in large groups over the weekend and not maintaining at least six feet of distance from each other.

Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered all bars, restaurants, and non-essential businesses in Kentucky to shut down to reduce the number of people gathering in public, and Mayor Fischer has canceled all large community events in Louisville. But the ultimate responsibility lies with the individual. 

“Don’t be selfish. Don’t be arrogant,” Mayor Fischer said. “This is about saving our community and the people you love. You might say, ‘I feel fine. I don’t need to do this.’ But this virus can be in your system for two weeks before you show symptoms. And you can infect other people that whole time.”

Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville Metro Chief Health Strategist, said social distancing will delay the spread of virus in the community if everyone agrees to do it.

 “We all need to be staying home,” Dr. Moyer said. “I know this inconvenient and difficult, but the data we are seeing from other countries indicates that this is the right thing to do.”

The Mayor and Dr. Moyer encouraged residents who see businesses refusing to comply with the order to shutdown to call Metro311.

See a graphic on the Power of Social Distancing: https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/mayors_office/news_images/s...

KentuckianaWorks and GLI create online jobs board

With the local jobless ranks growing during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mayor announced a new initiative to get people back to work.

KentuckianaWorks and GLI have partnered to create a new online jobs board listing current job opportunities in the area. You can see job listings at www.kentuckianaworks.org/jobs and it’s being updated daily. Companies that are hiring can also add their listings to the website.

 “We know a lot of people are out of work as a result of COVID-19,” Mayor Fischer said. “The hospitality industry across the country is really getting hammered. We’re working to support our small businesses, so they can withstand this period of uncertainty and start hiring and re-hiring when it’s over.”

Mayor to host online Q&A on Tuesday

Mayor Fischer is committed to keeping Louisvillians informed about the fast-changing COVID-19 situation, in part through a series of Facebook Live question-and-answer sessions, including one on Tuesday at 10 a.m. that will focus on the One Louisville response fund. 

“Press releases and speeches help keep you informed and safe, but this is a way for me to hear directly from everyone as we all do our best to get through this challenging time,” Mayor Fischer said. 

The next online Q&A will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday via Facebook Live. The Mayor will be joined by Tameka Laird, director of the Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services; and Theresa Reno-Weber, president and CEO of Metro United Way.