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‘Back the Patch’ initiative to support West Louisville youth

The Cabbage Patch Settlement House During National Back-to-School Month

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Cabbage Patch Settlement House, a nonprofit organization that provides education, youth development, and family development to underserved local children and their families, is celebrating National Back-to-School Month with a school supply drive and fundraiser.

Throughout August, the “Back the Patch” initiative will include a school supply donation drive to help provide 100 kids with materials for the new academic year and a weeklong monetary fundraiser to raise $5,000 for The Cabbage Patch. As part of this effort, national nonprofit Blessings in a Backpack has committed to donating 100 Vera Bradley backpacks to The Cabbage Patch students.

When The Cabbage Patch had to shut its doors for three months during the height of the pandemic, it turned to virtual efforts to support its students and families. Then when Jefferson County Public Schools moved to non-traditional instruction (NTI), The Patch was able to provide a safe place for a limited number of students to study and be tutored.

Now, The Cabbage Patch is transitioning to full capacity for the first time since March 2020. However, with this exciting reunion, the staff members have seen the lingering effects that the pandemic has had on students, both financially and emotionally.

School supply donations can be dropped off the entire month of August from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of The Cabbage Patch Settlement House at 1413 S 6th Street, as well as two additional locations:

  • PriceWeber, located at 10701 Shelbyville Road in Middletown
  • Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Road in Rolling Fields

A branded “Back the Patch” box will be on site for donation dropoff at both PriceWeber and Second Presbyterian Church.

School supply items needed: 

No. 2 and mechanical pencils, handheld pencil sharpeners, ink pens (black, red, or blue ink), composition notebooks (wide-ruled and college-ruled), erasers, glue sticks, loose-leaf paper (wide-ruled and college-ruled), graphing paper, one-subject notebooks (wide-ruled and college-ruled), colored pencils, solid-colored folders (two-pocket with prongs and without prongs), and hand sanitizer.

For 111 years, The Cabbage Patch Settlement House has provided underserved youth with life lessons and socialization skills, a safe haven to feel accepted and loved educational opportunities, and the chance to learn hobbies that will benefit their lives.

The Cabbage Patch after-school and summer programming is open to all students from ages eight through 18. Beyond high school, members are encouraged to join the 37 current Patch College Scholars who receive support for a successful post-secondary experience. The Cabbage Patch has made a lasting impact on hundreds of students over the years, including alumna Cheryl Rothgerber, now a retired nurse.

To help support The Cabbage Patch kids through financial donations, visit https://www.cabbagepatch.org/donation-page/.

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