More than 50 University of Louisville students, alumni and fans performed some pre bowl game service – community service – in Charlotte, N.C. the morning of the Belk Bowl. The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte was the recipient of the volunteer labor with Cards doing a deep cleaning on the kitchen, organizing the food pantry, putting away Christmas ornaments and cleaning rooms. The Cards were joined by a handful of University of Georgia fans for the joint project which was organized by UofL staff member Glenn Gittings. “This is fantastic” said Michelle Hunt, volunteer services coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House. “Our families really appreciate these fans from Louisville and Georgia being generous with their time.”
The Charlotte house provides lodging for about 2700 families each year who are receiving care at two local hospitals. UofL nursing student Lorena Birt and her husband Jeff were attending their first bowl game. But in the morning they were cleaning ovens and cabinets. “We want to show Charlotte that UofL fans have a big heart and a lot to give” Lorena said.
“This project says we are aware that there are problems in communities other than ours” said junior nursing student Katy Booth, a thought echoed by UofL President James Ramsey. “This is a great project that shows how much UofL students, faculty, staff and alumni care about, not just our community, but others as well” he said. UofL alum Trey Fletcher who was cleaning out refrigerators, said “This speaks volumes about UofL’s community outreach.”
This is the fourth joint community service project UofL has performed with their opponents in bowl games and the Final Four. The Service Project was coordinated through the Division of Student Affairs by Glenn Gittings
Dr. Michael Mardis appeared with UofL students, and alumni this morning on Great Day Live to promote the upcoming Belk Bowl Service Project.
Bowl Service Project
The University of Louisville is proud to continue its tradition of bowl service projects by participating in a cooperative community service project this year in Charlotte during the Belk Bowl.
We will be partnering with students and staff from the University of Georgia to work with the Ronald McDonald House organization of Charlotte.
Volunteers are needed on the morning of Tuesday, December 30, 2014 and must be on site by 8:30 am at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte on 1613 E. Morehead St. Charlotte, NC 28207. We will be working at our service site until noon.
UofL students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni are invited to sign up for the project, which will be limited to 40 volunteers.
Bus transportation will be provided to and from the site for the service project. More details soon on the pick-up/drop-off location.
Seven Counties Services and University of Louisville Join Forces to Run with Our Heroes as part of Mayor Fischer’s Week of Valor
To register for the Run/Walk visit www.runwithourhereos.org. Enter HERO in the coupon code to receive a $10 discount off registration. Special veterans and kids pricing available. Registration fee includes a t-shirt. Join us and celebrate the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. For more information contact Gwen Cooper at Seven Counties firstname.lastname@example.org or Glenn Giddings at University of Louisville email@example.com or call 502-589-8615 ext. 1355
Louisville, KY- Mayor Greg Fischer and numerous community partners announced today the inaugural Mayor’s Week of Valor — a week-long series of events to honor and celebrate the contributions of active-duty military, veterans and their families.
The Week of Valor begins on Monday, November 10th with numerous events scheduled throughout the week designed to honor and celebrate the contributions of active duty military, veterans and their families. The week culminates with the Run with Our Heroes 5K on Saturday, November 15th. The Run/Walk will start and end at the site of the old silos across from the Lacrosse Fields.
“It’s our goal to make Louisville the most supportive and responsive community in the nation for veterans,” Fischer said. “By raising awareness during the Week of Valor, we can help ensure that every veteran living in Louisville has the coordinated support and access to services for an optimal quality of life.”
Run with our Heroes festivities begin at 8AM with a special tribute to veterans from many US wars and conflicts and the singing of our National Anthem, all led by COL Chris Wynder, the first Army War College Fellow at the University of Louisville. The race will end with a live soldier finish chute in which runners and walkers will be welcomed. Proceeds from the Run With Our Heroes 5K will support the University of Louisville Veterans Services Fund and Behavioral Health Peer Support Programs at Seven Counties Services.
The UofL Veterans Services Fund was established as a commitment to military students and veterans at the University of Louisville; the proceeds will directly benefit military and veteran students pursuing their education at the University of Louisville.
Seven Counties is committed to continually funding additional services for military families through expansion of peer support and family support programs, wrap around services and substance abuse and suicide prevention initiatives.
The Game Changers Retreat was held October 3-5 for the first time ever. The leadership development program was the result of a year long effort to offer more meaningful leadership opportunities to UofL students. The students represented organizations from all over campus. The program was held at Bradford Woods Retreat Center in Martinsville, IN about 30 minutes from Indianapolis. The students took the Student Leadership Practices Inventory developed by Kouzes and Posner, authors of The Leadership Challenge. Using this inventory helped them discover more about their leadership styles and added them to working on a goal they are trying to achieve this year in their leadership position. Stop by the Office of Student Involvement to check out the terrific work these students did presenting their goal and action plan for accomplishment.