Council Members Sexton Smith and Coan praise the efforts of everyone involved in the Give Every Day Campaign
Louisville - It began September 23rd as a challenge to Louisville Metro to perform various acts of kindness over 100 days. A wide range of people, businesses, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood, and Louisville Metro Government are answering the challenge.
On Thursday, Council members Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4) and Brandon Coan (D-8) gave a progress report on the community’s response to Give Every Day.
“I am thrilled to see the tremendous efforts being made by so many people in our community reaching out to help others and staying connected while practicing social distancing. Today marks the final 50 days of 2020 and given the unprecedented challenges we’ve faced together, we still have the opportunity to make every day count,” said Sexton Smith. “Check out the “Give Every Day” list, do something, and feel better. Our community needs all of us and we need each other.”
“The start of the holiday season reminds us how we want to finish out the year 2020,” said Coan. “This is a time to give back and pass it forward. From winter coats to laptops to pro bono professional services, there are 100 different ways individuals and organizations can make a difference.”
The campaign unveiled a new website which tracks all that has been accomplished since the effort began. It updates the 100 challenges which kicked off the campaign. To see the report and get involved go to: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/give-every-day.
Sexton Smith and Coan were joined by Council members Jessica Green (D-1), Nicole George (D-21) and Keisha Dorsey (D-3) along with several nonprofit groups and government agencies at Dare to Care’s Parkland Facility on 28th Street.
“Dare to Care, born from this community’s spirit of volunteerism and compassion, is honored to host the Metro Council Members leading this initiative. Their leadership is yet another testament to Louisville’s special spirit,” said Brian Riendeau of Dare to Care.
“Organizations like Dare to Care are a godsend to the people of our community. Their volunteers set the tone for giving. I also want to thank everyone who has taken the time and made the effort to do something special for others and their neighborhoods,” said Green.
Among the many groups joining Give Every Day is the Greater Galilee Church. Its members have delivered over 4,500 meals to those in need.
“I am constrained by the following ideas encased in these sentiments. Service is the rent we pay for life and living. I never want to be delinquent on the rent I owe,” said Dr. Eric Johnson, Pastor of the Greater Galilee Church. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? ( May this question be answered for me by the works I’ve done.”
Others joining the Council members included:
Teresa White, Dare to Care Chef
Luther Brown, Gun Safety
Richard Pickeran, Parkland Financial Independence Participation Model (PFIPM), Co-Founder
Frank Harshaw, Parkland Financial Independence Participation Model (PFIPM), Co-Founder
Officer Rich Williams, LMPD 2nd Division DRO
Lt. Col. Brian Meurer, Asst. Chief/Fire Marshall & Rescue
Norma Molestina, a member of the current class of Louisville Welcome Academy, will be there to represent LMG’s Office of Globalization.
Shameka Parrish-Wright, The Bail Project