Family-Ark-LOGOThis month, the Friends and Neighbors program highlights: Family Ark in Jeffersonville!

Family Ark provides quality human service programs which promote positive change in the lives of children and families in Kentuckiana. Family Ark focuses on foster care, home-based programs and juvenile detention alternatives that focus on strengthening families to create a healthy community.

Find out how you can help by volunteering, donating or becoming a foster parent HERE.

Family Ark on Facebook


Uplands Peak Sanctuary in Salem, Indiana strives to rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected farmed animals, educate the public to the benefits of a healthy vegan lifestyle, and promote sustainability.UplandsLOGO

Since 2013, the organization has been giving people the unique opportunity to meet and connect with farmed animals individually and offers a place to help deepen the connection between animals, people and nature.

Visits and tours open for the season April 24th.

Get more details and get involved on Uplands Peak Sanctuary Facebook and the Uplands Peak Sanctuary website.


The Face It® Movement is a 10 year initiative with the vision that all children iFaceItLogon Jefferson County will be free from abuse and neglect by 2023. Led by Kosair Charities, the Face It® Movement began in 2012in response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth. The Face It® Movement was officially launched in April 2013 and includes best practices in child abuse prevention, community engagement and promoting effective policies to improve the child welfare system.

Join Face It®, Kosair Charities and Family and Children’s Place Wednesday, March 30th at the Big Four Bridge to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month and talk about the achievements of the Face It ® Movement since its launch during the RALLY TO END CHILD ABUSE. (Get details and RSVP)






RaiseRED is the only student run organization to support the clinical and medical research efforts at the University of Louisville. They focus year-round to support the children, families and doctors fighting pediatric cancer and blood disease at UofL. The year of fundraising ends in an 18-hour Dance Marathon celebration. Last year, over 600 students came together to dance the night away, and celebrate over $226,000 raised.

For 2016, the organization hopes to raise $300,000 for the cause and to have 850 student dancers register for our main event.

RaiseRED will mark its third year supporting pediatric cancer research at UofL. The group benefits the work of Dr. Ken Lucas, Department Chair of the Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology. Funds raised in past years of RaiseRED have created a position for a much needed social worker in the clinic, supported research initiatives, and directly helped patient needs.

RaiseRED is a growing organization on campus, and within the community. Papa John’s Incorporated has agreed to be the Presenting Sponsor of RaiseRED 2015-16. Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases impact far too many children in our community, and Papa John’s sees the importance of this cause, and has stepped up as a community partner to fight with us.

“One day we will dance in celebration, until then, we dance for a cure.” 

If you would like to learn more, please visit our Interested in becoming even more involved? Want to sponsor RaiseRED? RaiseRED Facebook and email

Dogs Helping Heroes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is dedicated to helping wounded heroes and the families of lost Dogs Helping Heroes LOGOheroes in the Kentuckiana area.

They rescue and rehabilitate dogs that they then provide as trained service dogs for injured military veterans and first responders to help improve lives – and to Gold Star Families to help them cope with their loss.

Find out more and how you can help when you log on to!


March of Dimes

Passport Health Plan

This month, the Friends and Neighbors program highlights Prematurity Awareness Month and the ongoing work of the March of Dimes and their partner, Passport Health Plan.

Working together, March of Dimes and Passport Health Plan raise funds to help the 7,100 babies born to soon in Kentuckiana reach their first birthday because:

  • Premature birth is the leading cause of death during the first month life.
  • Premature birth causes hearing loss, cerebral palsy, blindness and intellectual disabilities.
  • The nation spends more than $26 billion annually for health care, special education and lost productivity related to premature birth.
  • At Passport Health Plan, 10% of pregnant members had a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit, which represents over 45% of the company’s total costs of pregnancy related claims.

MOD Prematurity Awareness InviteJoin us for the Prematurity Awareness Day Lantern Lighting:
Date: November 17th, 2015

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Passport Health Plan – 5100 Commerce Crossings Dr.

RSVP: 502-473-6684 by November 13th

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

This month, Friends and Neighbors highlight the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. With over 20,000 members in our area, the Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who can make the world a better place.

It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low who believed in the power of every girl. Currently, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is challenging adults in the area to Discover your Inner Girl Scout – a campaign focused on increasing the number of adult volunteers who want to serve as troop leaders. This is a great way for you to become the mentor she will always remember.

To get more information on how you can volunteer as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, CLICK HERE!

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Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system Lupus Foundation LOGOattacks the body’s own tissues. The Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter not only seeks to fund research and find a cure for this chronic disease, but helps those struggling with Lupus right here in Kentuckiana directly by offering support groups.

Join the fight by being part of the Louisville Walk to End Lupus September 26th at EP Tom Sawyer Park. Get details and get signed up HERE.

Not up for walking but still want to help? 
Davis Jewelers is currently featuring the Purple Lupus Butterfly jewelry charm and ALL proceeds go directly to the walk. See it and buy it HERE.

And follow along with the fight against Lupus when you find Lupus Walk Louisville on Facebook!


Splat Out Cancer This month, the Friends and Neighbors program highlights: University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center’s Splat Out Cancer Initiative!

The internationally renowned James Graham Brown Cancer Center (JGBCC) is fighting cancer every day right HERE in Louisville!

This August 29th event is a new and unique way that EVERYONE in the community can help the cause! Make a small donation to cancer research and then… Come launch paint-filled balloons from catapults onto the wall of a Market Street building!

WHERE: 539 W Market St.

WHEN: August 29, 2015 – 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Get more details on SPLAT OUT CANCER and on how YOU can get your catapult and paint-filled balloon HERE!

This month, Friends and Neighbors honors GIRLS ON THE RUN!

• Girls on the Run Louisville is a 10 week after school program offered in the fall and spring for elemeGirls on the Run ntary and middle school girls in Jefferson, Bullitt, Shelby and Oldham Counties.

• Over the course of the season, the girls engage in twice weekly lessons that build their confidence, character, and self-esteem. They learn to handle difficult social situations like peer pressure and bullying, and also learn healthy lifestyle habits and build their physical fitness as they train for a 5K run.

• At the end of the 10 weeks, the girls from all over the Louisville Metro area come together to participate in the Girls on the Run Louisville 5K at Waterfront Park. This noncompetitive celebration is a wonderful experience for all the girls and their families and is an exciting event for the whole community.

• Over 500 girls participated in Girls on the Run Louisville last year.

• Girls on the Run Louisville is preparing for the fall season, and it is not too late to bring this program to your school if it is not already there! If you are interested in finding out more about how to get a Girls on the Run team started at your school, email right away!

• If you are interested in volunteering with Girls on the Run Louisville as a coach, at the 5K, or in any other capacity, please check out our website at or email for more information.