21st Century Parks, a Kentucky-based nonprofit, serves as stewards entrusted to create and preserve unexcelled parklands that reflect the needs and values of our whole community. Their current project, The Parklands of Floyds Fork, will be a nearly 4,000-acre, world-class addition to Louisville’s parks system that includes four major parks linked by a park drive, an urban trail system, and a remarkable water trail, all tracing Floyds Fork, a classic Kentucky stream.
The Parklands is being constructed from north to south and is opening in phases. Once completed, it will run from Shelbyville Road in the north to Bardstown Road in the south. An approximately 400-acre portion of Beckley Creek Park, the first in the system of four, is now open to the public. This park includes the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation, William F. Miles Lakes for fishing, the Marshall Playground and Sprayground, as well as Gheens Foundation Lodge event facility. For information on upcoming events at Beckley Creek Park, including the May 19, 2013 Spring Fling, click here.
The second major section of Beckley Creek Park, as well as a major section of the second park, Pope Lick Park, are set to open in September of 2013. All four parks are on schedule to be open to the public in 2015.
How can you help?
The Parklands is a donor supported public park. The Parklands is free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. No state or federal funding is provided for park maintenance and operations, so here’s how you can help make The Parklands a success:
- Come visit! The goal is for these parks to be well-used and well-loved, so come check us out!
- Volunteer and help maintain this beautiful public greenspace.
- Become a Founding Member ($35 individual/$50 family for annual membership) or make an additional donation.
- Sign-up for an educational program, whether it’s a hike, family workshop or summer camp.
- Utilize rental facilities at The Parklands (revenue from rentals supports park maintenance/operations)
- Help spread the word!
To learn more about this 21st Century Parks project, visit:
Since 1984, The Morton Center has specialized as an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility that helps individuals of all ages caught in the throes of addiction.
Since 1984, The Morton Center has specialized as an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility that helps individuals of all ages caught in the throes of addiction – from those dealing with their own addiction to the family members of individuals who are struggling.
The Morton Center also offers many specialized programs and services from education to intensive outpatient treatment, including couples in recovery together, group treatment for health professionals, assisting with interventions, and can even help with other addictions such as gambling.
The Morton Center prides itself on its family focus, which is supported by growing statistical evidence that treating the impact of addiction on the whole family enhances success rates for both the addicted person and their family members.
To learn more, help or donate to the cause, find The Morton Center online:
Parents Left Behind, Inc. helps those in Kentuckiana who have had children of any age pass away.
Parents Left Behind, Inc. was started in 2010 by Trisha Eskridge after her twin sons Carter and Caleb passed away. After finding a lack of resources for people struggling with the loss of a child, she began PLB to offer monthly support groups, online support communities and yearly events to honor departed children.
The goal of Parents Left Behind is to ensure a safe haven for families to talk about their children or issues that they have stemming from their child’s death. The organization is currently operated by eight women who have all suffered the loss of a child.
Find more details about Parents Left Behind’s upcoming spring fundraiser ( March 23, 2013 @ 6 pm at The South Park Country Club) and ways you can get involved at ParentsLeftBehind.com or on Facebook.
City Life is a relational, holistic community based outreach that desires to see deep change in the Louisville Shawnee neighborhood by raising up leaders from the young people in the community.
City Life has 5 areas of focus:
Basic Health and Safety
Spiritual and Moral Literacy
City Life invites you to be part of rebuilding the Shawnee community one youth at a time by reaching youth where they are at and walking beside them with encouragement and loving guidance.
Find more details and ways to get involved HERE.
Funds raised each holiday season during the Red Kettle Campaign fund The Salvation Army’s programming which includes the Center of Hope, Transitional Housing for Families, Transitional Housing for Veterans, Culinary Training Program, Disaster Assistance and our Corps Community Centers.
The Salvation Army Louisville‘s local long-standing services include the Center of Hope, Transitional Housing for Families, Transitional Housing for Veterans, a Culinary Training Program, Disaster Assistance and more.
How can you help the causes? Be part of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign this season and ring a bell! Sign up for a two-hour storefront shift yourself or start an ONLINE Kettle!
- Funds raised each holiday season during the Red Kettle Campaign fund The Salvation Army’s programming which includes the above-mentioned programs.
- The Red Kettle 2012 goal is $500,000
- Sign up to volunteer.
- Bell-ringing shifts are just a 2 hour time commitment and you can make it fun. Dress up, bring music, hand out candy canes!
- On average, volunteers raise $35 more per hour than a paid worker.
- Volunteer at your local Kroger Store, select Wal-Mart locations, Hobby Lobby or Jefferson Mall.
- Can’t ring a bell. Create an online kettle!
Dare to Care, Kentuckiana’s anti-hunger leader, was founded by this community after a 9 year old boy died of hunger in Louisville in 1969.
Dare to Care, Kentuckiana’s anti-hunger leader, was founded by this community after a 9 year old boy died of hunger in Louisville in 1969. Kentuckiana’s need for food assistance is at a historic high – one in six Kentuckiana families needed Dare to Care’s help to put food on the table in the past year. One in four Kentuckiana children are at risk of hunger. With this community’s support, Dare to Care distributed 13 million meals this year, including nearly 5 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. With overhead under 6%, every dollar donated to Dare to Care provides 4 meals to struggling Kentuckiana families.
Learn More About Dare to Care:
DO YOUR PART FOR DARE TO CARE:
The Friends and Neighbors Campaign is putting action where our words are. All of November we are asking folks to set food aside to donate to Dare to Care’s cause and on November 17th, WVEZ, WQNU, WSFR, and WRKA will all be participating an a marathon broadcast day to drive food donations. The effort is being called FEEDING FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. Learn more HERE
C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc. is an alcohol and other drug abuse prevention program whose name stands for “Children Have Options In Choosing Experiences.”
C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc. was founded in 1987 as a comprehensive, community-based, non-profit organization that provides alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention and early intervention programs to youth and adolescents in Jefferson County Public Schools.
C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc.: is dedicated to providing educational services that will allow youths and adolescents to reach their maximum potential by learning to choose a positive healthy lifestyle.
C.H.O.I.C.E. services provide avenues which empower “high-risk”/”at-risk” youth and adolescents, ages 9 to 19, to make positive, healthy, lifestyle choices.
C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc., curriculum focuses on valuing self, decision making, goal setting, communication and living a healthy lifestyle.
C.H.O.I.C.E.’s goal is to improve the young person’s health and well-being, increase their sense of self regard, and decrease the incidents of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, violence and other unhealthy behaviors. This is accomplished through a two tiered effort comprised of prevention education and bolstering resiliency factors within the young person.
Learn more and get involved HERE.
Harbor House Vision and Mission: “Empowering individuals with Disabilities and their Families to Live Fulfilled and Productive Lives.”
Harbor House was founded in 1992 by the parents of eleven men and women with mental retardation, developmental disabilities and brain injuries to create a safe and supportive environment in which their sons and daughters could gain the benefits of a regular job. In the beginning, each parent volunteered to staff the workshop working one to two days a week. As the number of participants increased, p
aid supervisors were hired. For the first two years Harbor House operated in space donated by Incarnation Church before moving to the commercial space on St. Andrews Church Road in Louisville, Kentucky.
Harbor House is committed to providing the highest quality of care for adults with developmental and physical disabilities in a warm and supportive environment through compassion, respect and collaboration, which are reflected in:
Our person-centered approach, accepting family environment and concern for the individual participant’s well being.
Our awareness of the dignity, uniqueness and gifts of participants, their interdependence, and their potential for growth.
Join us 9.22.12 for our 9th ANNUAL Ken-Ducky Derby!!
Join us as we launch more than 25, 000 ducks into the Ohio River! (fully environmentally aware and prepared!) Ducks are $5 each, with levelled incentives. Grand Prize is a 2012 Honda Civic, courtesy Sam Swope Honda World – and THIS YEAR if you are PRESENT when the winner is announced (approx. 3:30 EST), you will also win one year’s worth of GAS provided by Kroger and a year’s worth of oil changes courtesy of Sam Swope Honda World ! Other prizes include a chance to win the Maeser Million Dollar Duck, savings bonds from Republic Bank , and more! Full day of festival activities, live music, vendors, a food court, children’s’ activities, and more! Duck Adoptions official begin August 2, 2012 and will be available online, or by visiting one of our retail sponsors:Kroger , Papa John’s , Republic Bank , Krispy Kreme , Kentucky Telco , Starbucks, and Still Spinnin’.
ADOPT A DUCK NOW!
St. Joseph Children’s Home has a mission of “Giving Children a Home” and thus serve children in three programs.
St. Joseph Children’s Home has a mission: ”Giving Children a Home.”
They do this with THREE specific programs:
The Residential Treatment Program serves boys and girls who have been abused or neglected and are currently in state’s custody. These residents range in age from 6-14 and come from all over Kentucky. St. Joe’s sometimes serves up to 40 children at one time with this program.
The Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program serves boys and girls of all ages from all over Kentucky and trains families who feel called to the mission of foster care.
Lastly, St. Joseph’s Child Development Center serves 150 children each day through child care and pre-school options that encourage development into strong, independent, self-confident individuals socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.
One major source of fundraising for St. Joe’s is their annual orphan’s picnic. The picnic’s sole purpose is to raise funds for St. Joseph’s children. All proceeds that are raised with the Friday Night Live Event and the annual Orphans’ Picnic go directly back into the Home to support the children’s programs. This year, the picnic happens August 11th and 12th.
More about St. Joseph Children’s Home
More about St. Joseph’s Annual Orphan’s Picnic
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