Give a Day

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The 2016 Give A Day week of service will be April 16-24,
helping launch the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival.
Visit to learn more & sign up to volunteer.

Please make plans now for your family, organization or company to join us next year –
and be part of this growing movement to improve the lives of our fellow citizens and neighbors.


Mayor Fischer: Thanks for making the 2015 Give A Day week of service a huge success!

Once again, the basic goodness, kindness and compassion of our fellow citizens was on full display during our fourth annual Give A Day week of service with friends helping friends, and strangers helping strangers in endless ways.

There were more than 166,000 volunteers and acts of compassion recorded during Give A Day week– breaking the ‘world record’ we set last year!

The good work included more than 68,000 JCPS students and teachers who worked on service projects ranging from collecting and sorting food to holding a read-a-thon to help fight child abuse. Thousands more students from our Catholic and independent schools were also in action. A new community record of more than 12,000 volunteers – organized by Brightside – cleaned neighborhoods, parks and schools.

Some other amazing numbers and projects included:

50,778 – meals packaged by volunteers for Kids Against Hunger

12,418 – Brightside volunteers who helped clean up litter around Louisville

5,000 – pounds of shoes donated to WaterStep to help provide safe drinking water around the world

1,100 – stuffed animals for kids in crisis by Kosair Charities and its “Bears on Patrol” program

396 – boxes of medical supplies sorted by volunteers for Supplies Over Seas, which sends the supplies and equipment to areas in need worldwide

155 -- bicycles donated to the Pedal Power Project to provide basic transportation for new refugees to Louisville

25 – “Little Libraries” built by Diversified Services and volunteers organized by Metro United Way. The libraries help bring more books to the California and Park Hill neighborhoods in West Louisville

6 – abandoned houses renovated/new homes built for needy families by Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville and Fuller Center for Housing

Thank you very much to all of the people behind these numbers, with special appreciation to our partners at Metro United Way for helping connect volunteers with projects. Without their help, Give A Day would not be possible.

Learn more about our other compassion initiatives at our Compassionate City site. 

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