Monday October 10, 2011
Volunteers still needed for projects, Oct. 17-23
You can help Mayor Greg Fischer create a more compassionate Louisville by rolling up your sleeves and volunteering during the first “Give A Day” week of community service projects, Oct. 17-23.
Many non-profit agencies, churches and other organizations have identified projects and needs that volunteers will be tackling that week, including painting, helping serve meals and reading to kids, spending time with the elderly or sorting clothing for needy families.
“We want Louisville to be known as the most caring city, where neighbors help neighbors and people look after each other,” Fischer said. “We’ve had a great response, but we want even more people to join in and get involved and show some compassion during the Give A Day week.”
The My Give A Day website alone has signed up nearly 800 volunteers from numerous companies, groups, and even individuals to help with the 100 projects available at local agencies and organizations. Organizers expect that number to grow this week as businesses and other organizations finalize their plans.
"We still have many wonderful projects to choose from on the website. If you are new to volunteering or need group volunteer project ideas we encourage people to visit the site and sign up today," said Kelly Garvey, Metro United Way's Director of Engagement Initiatives. "As our region's premier volunteer center we are excited and honored to be supporting Mayor Fischer's efforts and helping our community connect to volunteering year round."
Individuals, companies and groups can volunteer online by visiting www.mygiveaday.com. Agencies and organizations that have projects needing volunteers should use that same link.
The list of organizations available for volunteers to help includes St Joseph Children’s Home, Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood House, The Center for Women and Families, Dare to Care, Boy Scouts, House of Ruth, Kling Center, Catholic Charities, Brightside, Third Lutheran Church, Home of the Innocents, Family Scholar House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Jewish Family and Career Services, American Cancer Society and Father Maloney’s Boys and Girls Haven.
If you can’t volunteer, you can still make a difference by donating new or gently-used clothing, shoes or non-perishable canned goods. Items can be dropped off at any of nine Metro Parks’ golf course clubhouses between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 17 – 23.
Bobby Nichols Golf Course
4301 East Pages Lane 40272
Charlie Vettiner Golf Course
10207 Mary Dell Lane 40299
Cherokee Golf Course
2501 Alexander Road 40204
Crescent Hill Golf Course
3110 Brownsboro Road 40206
Iroquois Golf Course
1501 Rundill Road 40214
Long Run Golf Course
1605 Flat Rock Road 40245
Seneca Golf Course
2300 Pee Wee Reese Rd. 40205
Shawnee Golf Course
460 Northwestern Parkway 40212
Sun Valley Golf Course
6505 Bethany Lane 40272
A second Give A Day week of service will be held April 15-22, helping kick off the 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival. “The Kentucky Derby Festival knows very well the importance of volunteers and we’re very excited having the ‘Give A Day’ service initiative as part of next year’s official Festival schedule,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival.