Event asks local residents to help improve city and lives of residents
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 29, 2015) — Louisville’s fourth annual Give A Day week of service produced more than 166,000 volunteers and acts of compassion, breaking the record of 150,000 from last year.
More than 68,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students and teachers were involved in service projects ranging from writing letters to troops overseas to collecting and sorting food for the hungry to raising money to fight child abuse to helping build a Habitat for Humanity house.
A record number of people—more than 12,400—joined the Brightside communitywide cleanup removing litter and debris from hundreds of neighborhoods, parks and schools.
2015 Give A Day week of service notable numbers:
- 50,778 — meals packaged by volunteers for Kids Against Hunger
- 12, 418 — Brightside volunteers who helped clean up 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 will 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