Tuesday October 25, 2011
Mayor seeks world record for next Give A Day week – April 15-22
If you ask Mary McCann, Mayor Greg Fischer’s first Give A Day week of community service was a resounding success. McCann, director of volunteer services for the Salvation Army, says the citywide call for volunteers helped the agency register more than 500 families a day for its annual Angel Tree holiday giving program.
The Salvation Army was among more than 60 non-profits, churches and other organizations of all sizes that received help from more than 1,500 volunteers during the past week. Volunteers from dozens of local companies and organizations did a variety of good deeds including:
· Reading to pre-school children
· Serving meals to victims of domestic violence, children and the elderly
· Sorting and packaging medical supplies to be sent overseas,
· Creating a social media blitz including developing an Amazon.com wish list for items needed by abused and neglected children, and blogging and tweeting for donations
· Landscaping a newly-built Habitat for Humanity home in West Louisville.
Many other volunteers and projects were in action, that were not registered on the Mygiveaday.com website, including more than 6,000 volunteers who helped Brightside clean-up litter and trash at sites throughout Louisville.
The community also responded with donations of canned goods, clothing and shoes. Donations will be accepted until 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at any of the city’s nine Metro Parks golf course clubhouses.
“The outpouring of compassion in all areas of our city this past week was awesome -- a great sampling of what Louisville is capable of,” Fischer said. “Now we want to take it to the next level, get really creative in our compassion, and set a world’s record for volunteer service at our next Give A Day week in April.”
The spring Give A Day week will be April 15-22, helping launch the 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival.
"We’ve been excited to connect so many terrific volunteers with great projects this past week and certainly look forward to the April Give A Day event. If you missed the opportunity to join in this week, we always have many wonderful projects to choose from on the website year round," said Kelly Garvey, Metro United Way's Director of Engagement Initiatives. "As our region's premier volunteer center we’re excited and honored to be supporting Mayor Fischer's efforts and helping our community connect to volunteering."
The website www.mygiveaday.com is ready to go for the April Give A Day week. Agencies and organizations that have projects needing volunteers can begin posting them now. Individuals, companies and groups who want to volunteer for the April week can start checking the website as the opportunities grow or sign up for notification as projects begin posting.
“The October Give A Day initiative gave the staff of the Kentucky Derby Festival an opportunity to volunteer this week at the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival. “We hope the good will generated by the inaugural Give A Day efforts will serve as a reminder of how many people in our community are in need of assistance. The Kentucky Derby Festival is honored to have next spring’s Give A Day recruitment as part of our 2012 event schedule. We certainly appreciate the dedication of Derby Festival volunteers and we expect some of them will want to jump-start their experience with Give A Day participation in April.”
Organizations that benefitted from the October Give A Day week included St. Joseph Children’s Home, Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood House, The Y Safe Place, The Center for Women and Families, Dare to Care, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Kling Center, Catholic Charities, Home of the Innocents, Family Scholar House, Supplies Over Seas, Franciscan Shelter House, YouthBuild Louisville, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Iroquois Child Care Center, Lydia House, American Cancer Society and Father Maloney’s Boys and Girls Haven.