Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks 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!
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 elementary 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 Lisa.Runkle@girlsontherun.org 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 www.gotrlouisville.org or email Terri.Tucker@girlsontherun.org for more information.
This month, Friends and Neighbors recognizes The Child Connection Inc.- a non-profit 501(c)3 founded in 1992 to provide stranger safety education program
“Stranger Danger” to children 4-18 years of age.
Now in 2015, The Child Connection talks to kids about things as varied and topical as internet safety, social media
predator awareness, video gaming, privacy settings, human trafficking, bullying, cyber bullying, and
Find out how you can help children become survivors, not victims, HERE.
Find The Child Connection on Facebook
This month, Friends and Neighbors is proud to highlight Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life program – working to inform, educate, and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ & tissue donors to save lives.
In 1992, the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks successfully sponsored legislation that afforded every Kentuckian obtaining a driver’s license an opportunity to donate $1.00 to promote organ & tissue donation. These dollar donations were put into a Trust – the Circuit Clerks called it their Trust For Life – and has since raised more than $7 million!
The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life was the first such program in the U.S., and has since spurred interest and similar programs throughout the country.
Find out more about Trust for Life and how you can help:
This month, Friends and Neighbors is proud to highlight Camp Quality Kentuckiana –
Camp Quality is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to provide a week long camping experience and year round support vehicle to children with cancer and their families.
The week of camp and various support activities are provided free of charge to the children and their families – TO LET KIDS WITH CANCER BE KIDS AGAIN!
Help raise money for the cause and be part of the 4th Annual Camp Quality Poker Run June 13th at the American Legion Hall in Shively!
This month, Friends and Neighbors is proud to highlight The Louisville Nature Center –
LNC offers family programs about nature, conservation, gardening, and sustainable living.
The Louisville Nature Center’s mission is to provide nature education and encourage stewardship in an urban forest.
So how do they do this?
• LNC facilitates school fieldtrips and programs
• LNC offers family programs about nature, conservation, gardening, and sustainable living
• LNC maintains a 41-acre preserve, with trails, a visitor center, bird blind, gazebo, picnic area and gardens open and free to the public six days a week
• LNC offers meeting space for local nonprofit groups to use free and at reduced rental rates, such as, the Jefferson County Master Gardeners, KYANA, and Kentucky Herpetological Society.
• LNC provides volunteer opportunities for those who share the love of nature and want to get involved
Find out more and get involved:
Start the Heart, founded by Dr. William and Sally Dillon, intends to improve survival from cardiac arrest in Kentuckiana.
The foundation offers hands-only CPR education at no cost to the recipient striving to educate all people about cardiac arrest and what to do in a cardiac emergency.
Start the Heart believes there are opportunities to improve survival rates if there is improved public awareness, more CPR education and more bystanders prepared to give CPR when needed.
Learn more about the organization, schedule a class or just find out how you can get involved.
Find Start the Heart on Facebook and Twitter.
The St Nick Fund started with the mission of bringing back the “Spirit of Christmas” to people in the community overwhelmed by life’s struggles.
Initially founded in 2005 in Edmonson County, KY to help a struggling family celebrate the season, the “Saint Nick Fund” expanded into Jefferson County in 2009 and now supplies thousands of Christmas gifts to children in need throughout the area.
The Saint Nick Fund is 100% volunteer, run by people donating their time and money because they have seen firsthand the heartbreak caused when families lose the spirit of Christmas.
Get involved and get more information on spreading Christmas to local kids HERE.
The Summit Media Friends and Neighbors program takes time out monthly to honor those making a difference in Kentuckiana – and as we near the holidays, Friends and Neighbors wants to highlight people making an effort to feed the hungry in our city.
From the Boy Scouts of America or your local church group, if you have a food drive this month, let us know about it so we can add it here to our online listing!
LOCAL PLACES TO DONATE FOOD:
Every Slice Matters
Every Slice Matters is working with Hometown
Pizza to raise money to help feed the hungry this holiday season. For
every $30 gift card purchased at one of the 17 area locations,
Hometown Pizza will donate $5 to a local food pantry and/or
organization. Each of the 17 locations has a specific non-profit they
will be donating their funds to in order to keep the impact local.
North Hardin High School JROTC annual food drive; any inquiries about donation should be directed to Major Stephen Fisher at North Hardin High School
St. Stephen Martyr School –
collecting food and other items for people in need
throughout the city. They are currently collecting canned goods for Dare
to Care & blankets for Blanket Louisville and teaching their students
about the importance of giving & helping others all year long.
The City of West Buechel has partnered with The West Buechel police dept. for a
Christmas food basket project this year.
Boy Scout Troop 868 of Shepherdsville will be
participating in Scouting for Food November 15th and 22nd.
Cane Run Neighborhood Place and Farnsley Middle School are collecting food for their annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway to benefit local families in our community.
Louisville Zoo Dare to Care Food Drive
Have another food drive to highlight? Send in your announcement using our nomination form HERE!