Monday April 22, 2013
Annual volunteering event will return, April 12-20, 2014
With people engaging in actions ranging from creating emergency food kits to providing stuffed animals for kids in crisis to renovating abandoned houses for needy families, Louisville’s second annual Give A Day week of service scored big with more than 107,000 volunteers and acts of caring.
The amount of helping and giving broke Louisville’s own record of 90,000 volunteers and acts of compassion set during the first Give A Day week in 2012. However, Fischer said the success of Give A Day goes beyond sheer numbers.
“We saw Give A Day week really take root this year and connect with people of all ages and groups of all sizes from classrooms to major corporate meetings, reminding us that there are endless ways both simple and highly creative to show compassion and to help others,” Fischer said.
The numbers for Give A Day week included more than 54,000 JCPS students and teachers – often entire schools and classes – who were involved in service projects ranging from writing letters to troops overseas to collecting food to helping build a Habitat for Humanity house. Nearly 11,000 volunteers – a new record for Brightside – cleaned neighborhoods, parks and schools.
In addition to the Brightside cleanup, Give A Day activity began on April 13 with the Ali Shuffle walk/run which raised funds for at-risk youth to attend college. On the final day Sunday, volunteers joined in the massive clean-up from Thunder Over Louisville.
Fischer said he’s already hearing from citizens, organizations and companies making plans for the 2014 Give A Day event. It will again be held the week of Thunder Over Louisville – April 12-20 – helping launch the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival.
“Give A Day was such a success last year, we challenged KDF volunteers to give even more hours of service to support the initiative,” said Mike Berry, festival president and CEO. “During Give A Day this year, more than 1,300 volunteers worked KDF events, and contributed 8,231 hours of service to our events. This is approximately 1,000 hours more than last year. And the Festival is just getting started!”
Fischer said the success of Give A Day would not have been possible without the support and coordination of Metro United Way, which matched volunteers with needy projects and organizations through the website, www.mygiveaday.com to connect people and the organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. “We’re proud to serve as the leader in volunteer engagement for Give a Day week. Our mission at Metro United Way is simple – to improve lives and our community by engaging people to give, advocate and volunteer,” said Joe Tolan, president and CEO of Metro United Way. “In the end, we will achieve our vision – a community whose people achieve their fullest potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives – by working together. And that’s what it means to Live United.”
Give A Day week of service -- Notable Numbers:
17,000 – number of emergency food kits assembled for Dare to Care by 4,800 Kroger managers, who held their national meeting in Louisville during Give A Day week
10,655 – Brightside volunteers (new record) who helped clean up Louisville
5,000 – stuffed animals provided to kids in crisis by Kosair Charities and its “Bears on Patrol” program
4,000 – pounds of shoes donated to WaterStep. The shoes are sold to distributors with the funds helping support Edge Outreach’s efforts to provide safe drinking water around the world. It also keeps the shoes out of the landfill.
930 – blood donations to the American Red Cross
500 – trees planted in two Louisville Metro parks by UPS employees
15 – abandoned homes renovated or built from the ground up for needy families by Habitat for Humanity and Fuller Center for Housing