Mayor rallies community for 2022 Give A Day, annual service program that runs for a full month this year

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Mayor Greg Fischer today joined representatives from Metro United Way, Jefferson County Public Schools, GE Appliances, Brown-Forman, YouthBuild Louisville, and various volunteers and nonprofit organizations to announce Mayor’s Day 2022, a celebration of service with the support of Metro Centraide.

This year, Give A Day is a full month of giving, from April 1 to April 30, 2022.

“Today is a bit bittersweet,” Mayor Fischer said, noting that this is his last year of announcing plans for the service’s annual celebration, but how proud he is to lead. a city that embraces compassion as a word of action.

“When I took office in 2011 and described compassion as one of our city’s core values, some people were skeptical,” the mayor said. “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.

BE PART OF GIVE A DAY

Give A Day started as a one-day service opportunity in 2011, then grew to a week, and in 2019 it lasted 10 days, setting records each year for volunteers and acts of compassion – a total of 235,000 in 2019. Since 2011, Give a Day has amassed 1.3 million acts of compassion.

With support from Metro United Way and community organizations across the city, hundreds of volunteer opportunities will be available for this year’s Give A Day. Group and individual projects will be offered; some may be virtual, while others will be in person.

Metro United Way is supporting the Mayor’s Give A Day volunteer engagement platform by connecting those who need help with those who want to help.

“Metro United Way is proud to once again be the backbone of Mayor’s Give A Day, a celebration of service by connecting volunteers to meaningful opportunities in creating a stronger, more equitable community,” said Adria Johnson, president and CEO of Metro United Way. . “No matter how much time you have to give, there is a way for you to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.”

Here is a sample of this year’s projects and initiatives:

  • Thousands of volunteers will come together throughout April to pick up litter and beautify the town through the Brightside Community Cleanup, one of Give A Day’s largest 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 at the Mayor’s Give A Day celebrations.
  • Habitat for Humanity will host a “spring cleaning” 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.
  • Young Authors Greenhouse will plant a poetry garden to celebrate Poetry Month. Volunteers will distribute posters of poetry written by Greenhouse authors to “plant” at various locations around Louisville.
  • The Salvation Army will host a “Block Party”, where homeless people can collect free socks, underwear, toiletries and non-perishable food items. There will also be grilled hot dogs, smores, music and a variety of outdoor games at the event.
  • The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) will build a home in one day to be delivered to a family affected by the deadly tornado in western Kentucky earlier this year.
  • The St. Bernadette Diaper Bank and the City Women’s Bureau will be holding a diaper drive. Nearly 1 in 3 families lack resources for diapers, a challenge that disproportionately affects women who, because they cannot afford diapers, may be unable to send their children to the daycare, suffer from higher rates of postpartum depression or a lack of attachment with their child. St. Bernadette Catholic Church offers the only diaper bank in Kentucky, located in a donated warehouse on Poplar Level Road. They distribute diapers to 13 agencies, which is about 100,000 diapers per year.

The American Red Cross blood supply remains vulnerable. You can help by planning a blood or platelet donation to ensure patients receive the care they need. Make an appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Businesses and organizations of all sizes will have teams of employees in action during Give A Day, including GE Appliances and Brown-Forman.

“Give A Day is truly a community-wide effort and that absolutely includes our private sector, which provides so many of the volunteers that make these projects a reality that improves the lives of people in our city,” said said the mayor.

“For more than 150 years here at Brown-Forman, giving back has been important to us, especially in our hometown. Encouraging our employees to volunteer where they live and work contributes to a strong and vibrant community for all,” said Jill Horn, Director. Global Community Relations, Brown-Forman.

“GE Appliances has been part of Mayor Fischer’s Give a Day since the beginning. This Louisville Metro Government and Metro United Way partnership enables our employees and other businesses in our community to come together to support nonprofits, create opportunities for greater impact, and come together as a community. to do good things, for life. Allison Martin, Senior Director of Citizenship and Digital Communications, GE Appliances, a Haier Company

Another essential element of Give A Day is the involvement of Louisville youth. Since the beginning, Jefferson County public school students and teachers have joined thousands of private and Catholic school students in service projects during Give A Day.

“We are grateful that each year, JCPS schools and thousands of students benefit from the selflessness of Louisvillians who volunteer through the Mayor’s Give A Day initiative,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio. “It’s also a great opportunity for our students and staff to show their appreciation by giving back to the community that so often supports them.”

The mayor also recognized the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) for its work galvanizing Louisville’s community spirit and attracting and organizing excellent volunteers. This year, KDF will offer one volunteer the chance to win a special Festival gift box, including an official framed Derby Festival 2022 poster and a $100 gift card for Derby Festival merchandise. People must register on mygiveaday.com to volunteer for a project by March 25 to be eligible to win.

“The Derby Festival is fortunate to have such a large network of volunteers. We couldn’t get back to producing all of our events this year without them,” said Matt Gibson, KDF President and CEO. “It’s a true tribute to our community that we have so many people willing to give of themselves to help make Louisville a more compassionate place to live, work and play.”

Individuals or groups wishing to find a project should visit mygiveaday.com, where projects and needs submitted by local nonprofits and other groups are listed. The mayor urged individuals and businesses to also use the website to report their own community service.

2021 Give A Day — Notable figures:

  • 27,958 total volunteer hours dedicated to projects during Give A Day week 2021.
  • 2,806 Brightside volunteers cleaned up Louisville neighborhoods and parks.
  • 1,500 people donated blood during Red Cross blood drives.
  • 1,110 pounds of shoes donated to local nonprofit WaterStep by MSD and the Louisville Metro Government.
  • 118 volunteers spent 332 hours planting trees around the community.
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