There’s still time to lend a hand during the Mayor’s Give a Day Week of Service. You can search through a database of projects that need volunteers at organizations across the city. But, you don’t need to limit yourself to the suggestions. Donate blood. Help a neighbor. Visit a sick friend. Make sure you register your service at the Give a Day Week website so the city can measure the impact this event has.
In April of 2016, Give a Day Week attracted some 175,000 volunteers and their acts of compassion, which the mayor’s office calls a world record.
Speaking of the mayor, as part of the Week of Service, Mayor Greg Fischer will join in a range of service activities at Volunteers of America’s Shelby Street Clinical Campus at 1 p.m, Wednesday, April 19. He will be joined by groups from Brown-Forman, PNC Bank, UPS, General Electric and Rainbow Blossom, as well as Volunteers of America CEO Jennifer Hancock. They will be painting and gardening.
“Mayor Fischer deserves tremendous credit for his leadership in bringing Louisville together to become a more compassionate and caring city. We are very pleased that Mayor Fischer will be joining us tomorrow as our staff and volunteers show their commitment to serving our community,” Hancock said in a news release.
Give a Day Week coincides with the Festival of Faiths, which coincidentally is “compassion” themed. Partners for the Give a Day Week include Metro United Way, the Kentucky Derby Festival and Compassionate Louisville. The event ends April 23.