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Give A Day to Help Someone Get a College Degree

Monday April 8, 2013

Mayor Fischer, 55,000 Degrees urge people to pledge support,

take action to add more college graduates

Helping others earn a college degree is an act of compassion that can make a lifetime of difference. That’s why Mayor Greg Fischer and 55,000 Degrees are calling on citizens, civic groups and business leaders to join the community movement and pledge their support during Give A Day Week, April 13-21.

By taking the Count Me In! pledge on the 55,000 Degrees website (, supporters can help people earn college degrees and help Louisville reach its goal of increasing educational attainment by 55,000 college degrees by 2020.

“Give a day to help someone get a college education,” said Mary Gwen Wheeler, executive director of 55,000 Degrees. “Volunteering your time to help a friend, a co-worker, a high school student or even someone who’s already in college earn their degree is a lasting gift that can make a lifetime of difference.”

Count Me In! is an outreach campaign created by Fischer, chairman of 55,000 Degrees, to engage community support and ownership for achieving the community goal. It provides community and civic organizations, businesses, churches, and citizens with a framework for committing to the organization’s goal and effort.

As part of Give A Day Week, Fischer and 55,000 Degrees volunteers will begin distributing Count Me In! signs to businesses, churches, schools and community groups that have taken ownership for a specific number of college degrees in the community’s quest for 55,000 degrees.

In addition to making a Count Me In! pledge, here are some ways you can make a difference during Give A Day Week and beyond:

  • Speak with middle school or high school students about the importance of educational attainment to establish a great career.
  • Volunteer with a local high school or an education support effort at your church or civic group.
  • Contribute to a scholarship fund.
  • Serve as a guest speaker in an after-school program for elementary and middle school kids (e.g. Boys and Girls clubs, etc.)
  • Tutor a high school or college student who may need help with their studies.
  • Encourage a co-worker, friend or family member to go back to college to complete their degree.
  • Help an adult who has returned to college by helping with childcare, tutoring or transportation.
  • Help a prospective college student complete a scholarship application and/or financial aid paperwork.
  • Help someone prepare for the ACT or SAT college entrance exams.
  • Invite a high school student to join you at work one day to understand the skills needed to attain a rewarding career.
  • Volunteer with a local college or university in a way that supports their mission to attract and support future students.

To learn more about pledging support for 55,000 Degrees and its five objectives, please visit us at To learn more about Mayor Fischer’s Give A Day Week of Service, please visit