180,000 volunteers and acts of compassion
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 26, 2017) — Projects and deeds amounted to more than 180,000 volunteers and acts of compassion during Louisville’s sixth annual Give A Day week of service, which ended April 23. The amount of helping and giving broke the city’s own world record of 175,000 volunteers and acts of compassion from April 2016.
About 1,200 volunteers cleaned up alleys and roadways in Shelby Park, Smoketown, Shawnee and California. Hundreds gathered at Meyzeek Middle School to build beds for Jefferson County Public Schools children who didn’t have one. More than 3,000 students walked for compassion through downtown Louisville as part of the international WE Day. And still others repaired bikes for refugees or landscaped area nonprofits.
More than 51,000 JCPS students and teachers—often entire schools and classes—who, along with thousands more private and Catholic school students, were involved in projects ranging from writing letters to troops overseas to collecting and sorting food for the hungry to cleaning the neighborhoods around their schools.
A record number of people—more than 17,000—joined the Brightside & Passport Health Plan Spring Community Wide Cleanup, removing litter and debris from neighborhoods, parks and schools.
2017 Give A Day week of service — Notable Numbers:
- 52,248 – Meals packaged by volunteers at Love the Hungry
- 40,000 – Pounds of supplies donated for the Love from Louisville effort to send goods to refugees in Greece
- 30,000 – Meals donated through Kroger and Dare to Care food drive
- 20,000 – Personal hygiene kits created and distributed to JCPS and KRM, as part of WE Day
- 17,000 — Brightside volunteers who helped clean up Louisville
- 100 — Bicycles donated to and refurbished by the Pedal Power Project to provide basic transportation for new refugees to Louisville