700 Volunteers and Counting for Day of Service
Thursday January 6, 2011
Mayor Fischer urges more citizens to sign-up as deadline approaches
Mayor Greg Fischer is urging citizens to join the city’s official Day of Service, Saturday, January 8th. In coordination with Metro United Way, more than 660 volunteers have already committed to participate in nearly 70 projects in every corner of Louisville. The deadline to sign up is today at 5 p.m.
“This is a great way to unite as one community and show some compassion for our fellow Louisvillians,” Fischer said. “I’m proud of the hundreds of volunteers that have already shown their commitment to making our city a better place. I hope others will be inspired to join us Saturday.”
Individuals or groups can sign up for a volunteer project until 5 p.m. today by going to www.metrounitedway.org/volunteer.
Volunteer recruitment for Mayor Fischer’s Day of Service is going extremely well. The outpouring of responses we have received to date will exceed our expectations by more than 400 volunteers,” said Kelly Garvey, Metro United Way’s Director of Engagement. “By the end of the day on Thursday we fully expect to have more than 700 volunteers engaged on Saturday. This is truly a community committed to the idea of service.”
“Metro United Way has served as the central point for coordinating volunteer activities in our community since 1938. We are excited and honored to partner with Mayor Fischer on this and future Days of Service,” said Joe Tolan, President and CEO of Metro United Way.
Volunteers will work with a variety of organizations in the community such as the Americana Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brooklawn, Dare to Care, Family Scholar House, Gilda’s Club, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Presbyterian Community Center, St Joseph’s Children’s Home, Salvation Army and Volunteers of America.
The Day of Service will kick-off at 8 a.m. with a rally at Metro United Way headquarters, 334 E. Broadway. Following the rally, volunteers will fan out across the city to their assigned projects.
Fischer will lead teams of mayor’s office employees who will be helping renovate a home for Habitat for Humanity and completing a painting project at The Center for Women and Families.
He also plans to make stops at several other project sites throughout the day.