Give A Day Week—Mayor Fischer’s Day of Service

Give a Day Week LouisvilleOur region is filled with great examples of people helping others, and Mayor Greg Fischer has set the regional bar even higher since Louisville received the honor of being named the world’s most compassionate city. When Fischer accepted the 2012 Jack Olive International Compassionate City Award in a ceremony in Seattle just a couple of weeks ago, he said of the award: “I’ve said from day one that we’re going to pursue being recognized as the most compassionate city in the world – and if that prods other cities to try to outdo us, then ‘Game On.’ In a competition centered on compassion, everyone wins!”

With a passion for helping others and an enthusiastic spirit to take care the community, Fisher leads the city on yet another mission: Give a Day Week. The timing of the award plays well with this event, as people of Louisville and surrounding communities are encouraged to show their compassion in one of the city’s biggest volunteering events of the year.

Dreaming big, no doubt, Fischer set a goal of recruiting 55,000 community volunteers to sign up and help out with various volunteering projects in and around the city during this nine-day venture. With Metro United Way and the Kentucky Derby Festival behind it, we’re sure to see a record number of volunteers this year. According to a WPFL article on Friday, more than 30,000 have already signed up.

Give a Day week will start and end with massive cleanups, with the last day—April 22—concluding with cleanups from Thunder Over Louisville along the waterfront and downtown.

Give a Day week started on Saturday, April 14, but you still have plenty of time to help out. In fact, there are several projects listed with dates and times here. Volunteers are still needed for projects of all kinds. To register for a project online, click here.

If you’re not able to volunteer your time, you can still participate in Give a Day week by:

  • Dropping off can food for Dare to Care at local Kroger stores
  • Giving blood at one of the American Red Cross blood drive locations
  • Donating shoes to EDGE Outreach at locations throughout the city
  • Donating books to JCPS so that every elementary and middle school students have grade-level books to read this summer

More information about all of these opportunities are available at