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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor Declares "Neighbor Helping Neighbor" Weekend

Friday August 7, 2009

He urges citizens, churches to help others with flood cleanup

Help a neighbor remove flooded items from a basement. Help a neighbor haul away debris. Help a neighbor by babysitting while they meet with an insurance adjustor.

Those are some of the ways Mayor Jerry Abramson is urging Louisville residents to reach out to their family, friends and neighbors this weekend as the city recovers from Tuesday’s flash flooding.

Abramson has declared Saturday and Sunday “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” weekend – and he’s urging residents to take time to lend a hand to others.

“I’ve never been more proud to be a Louisvillian than this week when, even in the face of serious adversity, I’ve seen neighbors reaching out to help neighbors,” Abramson said. “This can-do attitude is what makes Louisville a unique, special place.”

Abramson and a crew of volunteers will spend Saturday morning removing debris from a home on 39th Street.

Call for Help, Call to Volunteer

Metro United Way is collecting names of people in need and people wishing to volunteer to help clear storm debris and clean flood-damaged buildings. Volunteers will be trained and assigned by the member organizations of Kentucky and Indiana VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).

Citizens who need help may call Metro United Way at 292-6115 or visit Callers will get an answering machine – please leave your contact information so volunteers may call back. All callers will be called back within 24 hours.

Volunteers may register at or call 292-6107. Non-profit organizations may also register volunteer groups on that website.

Ways you can help

  • Lend your truck to a neighbor who is clearing debris. Offer to drive it to the city’s 3 free flood debris drop-off sites or the Outer Loop landfill.
  • Check in on neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled
  • Help your neighbors with debris removal and house repairs.
  • Donate to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund
  • Donate or volunteer with Dare to Care food bank
  • Put a grocery gift certificate in the communion plate at your place of worship.
  • Donate to the Louisville Salvation Army