Thursday September 27, 2007
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/526-3622
Stephen Haag: 574-1204/645-1752
Some 3,000 volunteers are expected to roll up their sleeves and lend a helping hand this Saturday by fixing up homes, apartments, cleaning up the California Community Center and Park and building frames for new homes.
It is a coordinated effort between Metro Parks, New Directions Housing Corporation, Southeast Christian Church, Habitat for Humanity and Metro Council members George Unseld (D) 6, Judith Green (D) 1, Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3, David Tandy (D) 4, and Stuart Benson (R) 20.
“The California Community Center and the park surrounding it is a place for everyone to enjoy in Metro Louisville,” says Unseld. “This effort shows that all of us can appreciate the uniqueness of any one area of our city. The folks around the Community Center appreciate the help.”
The volunteers will also make repairs to at least ten homes. The homes are divided among Council District; two to three homes will be in District 1, two to three homes in District 3, two to three homes in District 4 and two homes in District 6
“I am always seeking opportunities to partner with citizens and groups to improve the quality of life in our community” says Woolridge. “The work of these volunteers should be applauded and they deserve our thanks for their willingness to help others.”
The “Help Build Hope Again” effort will begin on Saturday, September 29, 2007.
The project involves significant improvements to Metro Parks’ California Community Center/Park, New Directions Housing Corporation’s (NDHC) St. Williams Apartments, and the approximately 10 individual homes identified through NDHC Repair Affair. Three of the homes are located in District 3.
The Council Members are providing assistance through Neighborhood Development funds to assist with expenses. Southeast Christian Church will cover the cost of materials and supplies for the slated improvements. Metro Parks and New Directions Housing Corporation will provide substantial staff support, equipment, and other resources.
Other Metro agencies such as SWMS, Public Works, and IPL will also be providing support services.
“The helping hand of a neighbor can have a significant impact in an individual’s life,” says Benson. “This project is a true example of what great things can be accomplished when people give back to their community.”
Volunteers will gather at the California Community Center and Park on Saturday to begin painting inside and out, landscaping, weeding, mulching and litter pick up.
In 2006, the New Directions Repair Affair program improved 156 homes. Of that number 94 homes were in Louisville. Some 1,421 volunteers participated, 921 were from Louisville.
The improvements included total and minor roof repair, floor repair, wheelchair ramps, minor plumbing and electrical, exterior and interior painting and fixing doors and windows.
For more information about New Directions Housing Corporation’s Repair Affair; go to www.ndhc.org or call 502-589-2272.
Judith Green (D) 1
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
David Tandy (D) 4
George Unseld (D) 6
Stuart Benson (R) 20