Thursday April 11, 2013
Volunteers still needed for many projects
Police officers will help build a new home for a needy family. Store managers will create emergency food kits. Students at more than 150 schools will tackle projects throughout the community. Those and hundreds of other projects and initiatives will be happening during the annual Give A Day week of community service, April 13-21, which helps launch the 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival.
Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal for the week is to break Louisville’s existing world record for caring – with at least 100,000 volunteers and acts of compassion.
The week will start with a gigantic cleaning and brightening of the city, when more than 10,000 volunteers – a record number -- will help Brightside with cleanups in hundreds of neighborhoods, schools and parks Saturday, April 13. On April 22, Give A Day week will conclude with final cleanup from Thunder Over Louisville along the waterfront and downtown.
Nearly 600 volunteers will help Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville work on at least seven homes. One of these projects will create a home for a family that fled war-ravaged Africa to settle in Louisville. “Give A Day is such a great vehicle for helping people put their hands to work to reflect what’s in their hearts and create lasting change,” said Habitat CEO Rob Locke.
Volunteers are still needed for nearly 200 projects of all kinds. To register, go to the website: www.mygiveaday.com and click on “volunteer for an existing project”. Groups and individuals can use the same website to report projects and good deeds they do on their own.
Fischer praised Metro United Way for its “instrumental role” in placing volunteers with needy projects and organizations through its Volunteer Connection.
For those who can’t volunteer time, many giving opportunities are available Give A Day week including:
· Dropping cans of food into the Dare to Care bins at local Kroger stores;
· Donating shoes to WaterStep at locations throughout the city. The shoes provide funding to bring clean drinking water to struggling families around the world;
· Donating a book to a Metro United Way early childhood learning center to make sure more of our children have access to quality books, and
Giving blood at one of dozens of American Red Cross blood drive locations.