Wednesday April 25, 2012
Mayor Fischer thanks the entire community for the incredible response to the Give A Day week of service, April 14-22:
"I’ve never been more proud of Louisville than in the wake of our first annual “Give A Day” week of service. What a tremendous outpouring of joy and compassion!
The achievements were many and varied. We saw elementary-age students serving as “big buddies” to homeless preschoolers at the Wayside Christian Mission. We saw a record number of volunteers (more than 9,000) join with Brightside to clean up the city. Others helped haul debris from streambeds and rid our city parks of invasive plants. In a single day, volunteers sorted 5,000 pounds of shoes at Edge Outreach –an organization that provides clean drinking water around the world. And in the Shawnee neighborhood, we saw the joy in a woman’s face when she became the proud owner of a formerly boarded-up home renovated by volunteers with the Fuller Center for Housing. Many gave blood, donated food and provided new books to make sure younger students have good reading material this summer. JCPS had over 100 schools participate in Give A Day.
The numbers are still pouring in, but it’s clear we’ve sailed past our goal of 55,000 volunteers and acts of compassion. With that, and a little mayoral latitude, I proclaim Louisville to be the most compassionate city in the world! In fact, on April 4 the Compassion Action Network recognized our city with the International Compassionate City Award.
I am proud, but not surprised. Louisville is a community with a big heart. Give A Day is all about connecting and growing the compassion that already exists within all of us. It reminds us that there are unlimited ways to show caring for those around us and we are just one part of a bigger picture.
I want to thank the entire community for the collective caring and compassion, for making a real difference, not only during Give A Day week, but every week. Although I thanked volunteers at many project sites, it’s not possible for me to thank every individual, company or organization personally. But know that we have documented almost everything that was done during Give A Day week and it is truly appreciated.
I want to offer a special “thank you” to our partners at Metro United Way. They matched thousands of volunteers with organizations and projects needing help through www.mygiveaday.com. Metro United Way offers this service 365 days a year through their Volunteer Connection.
One of the most rewarding aspects of this first Give A Day week was the excitement people expressed about participating again next year, increasing their involvement or having the opportunity to participate for the first time if they weren’t able to this year. We all know that there is plenty of work still to be done.
So, I’m excited to announce that next year’s Give A Day week of service will be April 13-21 – the week leading up to the 2013 Thunder Over Louisville and the Kentucky Derby Festival.
What can be better than helping launch one of the world’s great festivals--by demonstrating that Louisville is truly the most caring and compassionate city in the world and setting a new world record in the process!
Thanks again and please make plans now to join us for Give A Day 2013!"