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Ward-Pugh, GE volunteers and high school students helped move WaterStep to new location

Friday July 27, 2012

For Immediate release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: 574-4137/526-3622

Friday will be a very big day for a Louisville based non-profit organization that is making its mark around the world. WaterStep will begin its move to new headquarters with the help of 35 volunteers from GE and 20 youth volunteers from around the country who are involved in the American Jewish Society of Service’s “Summer of Service” program.

“It is great to see these volunteers helping a group that has done so much to help other impoverished areas around the world,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), who also volunteers as the Global Partnership Strategist for WaterStep.

Recently, WaterStep purchased a vacant building at 625 Myrtle Street, in Old Louisville. The building needs renovation and a great deal of cleanup work in order for the organization to expand its work.

The GE volunteers will be on hand to clear the grounds of debris and weeds. Their work includes the removal of dead trees. Other exterior work includes repairs to a chain link fence, painting that fence as well and exterior walls of the buildings. Inside the students will be cleaning out the interior and moving donated furniture into the building.

The volunteers will begin their work at 9:00am and end by 3:30pm.

“While this is an important day for WaterStep, there are some other big projects for us on the horizon. A new roof is needed and renovations for building office and expanded warehouse space,” says Ward-Pugh. “We will need the help of the community if this organization is to continue the important work it has started around the globe. I am thrilled that Councilman David James, who represents that district, has committed to working with WaterStep as well.”

WaterStep (formerly known as EDGE Outreach) is a Louisville-based 501(c)(3) organization that provides solutions to the root causes of waterborne illness through an approach that combines unparalleled training and readily-available technology to empower self-sufficiency for people in crisis around the world. WaterStep is currently working to establish training centers in India, Costa Rica, and Haiti. To learn more, call (502) 568-6342 or visit

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9