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Metro Newsroom

University of Louisville freshmen volunteer to improve local parks

Wednesday August 16, 2006


More than 160 incoming University of Louisville freshmen will volunteer three hours of their time in a Metro Parks beautification program as part of the university's "Welcome Weekend" on Saturday, August 19, 2006.

The program, named SOUL – Student Outreach Uniting Louisville – is a collaborative effort between Metro Parks, Brightside, and the university’s Service Learning Program.  Over 160 students, faculty and staff, including university president James Ramsey, will gather on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to improve the grounds at Joe Creason, George Rogers Clark, and Camp Taylor parks.  This endeavor will provide approximately $4,000 in volunteer labor for our city's parks.

"The event on Saturday will be equally beneficial to the city and to the students who are involved," said Metro Parks director Mike Heitz. "We are very excited about reaching these new students and we’re greatly appreciative of their hard work."

"This is the first time 'Welcome Weekend' has included a service project," said Kim Johnson-Shaver, the university’s Service Learning Coordinator.  "SOUL is a great way to welcome freshmen and give them the opportunity to learn about the city, while encouraging them to participate in community service. We plan to make this an annual event."

University of Louisville's Service Learning Program encourages and supports students, faculty and staff who are interested in community service opportunities and wish to combine their academic studies with community service. For more information, contact Kim Johnson-Shaver at (502) 852-3436. 

Louisville Metro Parks offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.  If you are interested in volunteer programs at Metro Parks, email Laura Ryan at or call (502) 456-8156.