Community service

Mayor Fischer extends Give a Day community service program to a full month

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a full month of community service opportunities in the Louisville area as part of the Give a Day 2022 campaign.

The Mayor’s Give a Day campaign will run from April 1 through April 30, with a number of individual and group service opportunities to help spread acts of compassion and give back to the city.

In partnership with Metro United Way and other community organizations, the program began in 2011 and has since grown from a one-day effort to a full month-long event.

Fischer said this will be his last year as mayor announcing community plans for the event, he hopes the event will go on for years.

“When I took office in 2011 and described compassion as one of our city’s core values, some people were skeptical,” Fischer said in a statement. “But over the past 11 years, Louisvillians have stepped up, and today this citywide celebration of service, which humbly began as a single day of service, is now a month-long event. . I hope we have inspired our community to ensure that the success of Give a Day continues long into the future.

Among the projects and initiatives announced for this year’s event are:

  • Thousands of volunteers will gather throughout the month of April to pick up litter and beautify the city across the Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup, one of the largest Give a Day service projects. All Cleanup Group attendees will receive Brightside Garbage Bags and Gloves. Residents can also organize their own street and neighborhood cleanups with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Brightside brought together more than 103,000 volunteers during the Mayor’s Give a Day celebrations.
  • The 10th annual WE Day Kentucky celebration will take place on April 20. This event has in the past drawn some 2,400 students and teachers to the Kentucky Center for a celebration of student commitment to service, and more than 4,000 for the WE Walk for Compassion. This year’s celebration will be a hybrid virtual/in-person event at Paristown Point, with 150 students onsite and a live stream reaching 10,000 students across Kentucky. This year’s call to action will focus on the well-being of young people affected by the devastating tornado earlier this year in Western Kentucky.
  • The Louisville Pride Foundation, which is opening the first LGBTQ+ center in the Louisville area, will have multiple painting, landscaping, and other renovation and beautification projects.
  • Love the Hungry will host a food packaging event with over 100 attendees assembling 20,000 meal kits for children and families assisted through Operation Ukraine in Poland. Over the past 10 years, Love the Hungry has hosted more than 40,000 volunteers of all ages who have helped create 7.5 million fortified meals shared with families vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition around the world. This includes 600,000 packed meals during the Mayor’s Give a Day celebrations.
  • Habitat for Humanity will host a “spring cleanup” in the community of Russell, and Molo Village will host a cleanup at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at 1225 W. Jefferson in preparation for a renovation project.

For more information on community projects and how to get involved, visit the Metro United Way website.

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