Our 2012 Project Possibilities summer enrichment program for at-risk children was our busiest and best yet! As this slideshow demonstrates, the kids and volunteers had a wonderful time learning and growing together over the course of three months.
Gratitude: Letter from a Former Client
In February of 2008, my divorce was final and I found myself single, with three little girls, and somehow managed to get approved for a loan to buy a house. I was living paycheck to paycheck and quickly fell behind.
“I cannot begin to explain what a life-changing journey this has been, but without your help it would never have been possible.”
Scared to death, I decided that the only way to get out of this cycle was to finish my degree. I re-enrolled at UofL inAugust of 2008, and it seemed as though no matter what I did, everything was falling apart. On September 13th 2008, I spent an entire paycheck on groceries. O September 14th, we were hit with the wind storm, which left me without power for nine days and with out daycare for six days, which also meant six days of missed work and school.
Our 5th annual Friends of the Poor Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at beautiful Churchill Downs! All net proceeds from the Walk go to help families in need right here in Louisville, Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky. Money is used to provide emergency financial assistance with things like rent, utilities, food, transportation […]
Courier-Journal, Aug. 8, 2012 Elaine Weisberg, a volunteer with Paws with Purpose, brought two golden retriever therapy dogs to St. Vincent de Paul on July 30 to give a presentation to children enrolled in a summer enrichment program called Project Possibilities. The retrievers — Oliver and Sage — delighted about 25 children and adult volunteers […]
Registration is now open for St. Vincent de Paul’s 9th Annual Charity Golf Event Sept. 9 and 10, 2012. A kick-off Reception and Auction will be held on Sunday evening, Sept. 9, at Porcini, 2730 Frankfort Ave. The Golf Scramble gets underway with a 1pm shotgun start on Monday, Sept. 10 at Big Spring Country Club, […]
July 26, 2012
By the time the tiniest clients show up at the New Beginnings preschool in Hazard, some already are at a disadvantage.
That’s because the infants who enter at as young as six weeks of age are among the one in four Kentucky children born into poverty, a persistent and worsening problem, according to the latest Kids Count, the annual national report of the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks child well-being.
In Kentucky, child poverty increased 18 percent between 2005 and 2010.
In Indiana, one in five children live in poverty, a 29 percent increase in five years.
Editorial in The Record, May 17, 2012
Cliches become cliches because they’re usually true.
For instance, the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is more often true than not, especially if the writing is bad. It is certainly accurate in the case of the photograph taken by Record Assistant Editor Marnie McAllister and published on the front page of last week’s edition of the paper.
It showed Ed Wnorowski, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, staring somewhat forlornly at the almost empty shelves of the charity’s food bank.
The previous week, the St. Vincent de Paul Society took to social media – Facebook and Twitter – to announce that it was facing an “urgent need” for food supplies. The charity, McAllister reported, announced that its food bank shelves were “looking bare” and were almost completely devoid of vegetables.
Business First by Kevin Eigelbach
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 2:16pm EDT
More than 90,000 individuals volunteered in Louisville’s first annual Give A Day week of service from April 14 to 22, according to a news release from the office of Mayor Greg Fischer.
“With those numbers, and a little mayoral latitude, I proclaim Louisville to be the most compassionate city in the world,” Fischer said in the release.
Louisville’s Give a Day Week of Service has successful debut: 73,000 volunteer to help
Courier-Journal, April 25, 2012
Louisville’s first annual Give a Day Week of Service drew more than 73,000 volunteers who engaged in acts of caring, with both young and old credited with charitable endeavors ranging from reading to homeless children to writing letters to troops overseas.
“With those numbers, and a little mayoral latitude, I proclaim Louisville to be the most compassionate city in the world,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.
HENRYVILLE, Ind. (CNS) — As one of the few buildings in town to come through intense storms March 2 nearly intact, St. Francis Xavier Church has become a natural staging area for relief efforts, community organizing and prayer.
Four days after a devastating tornado hit, volunteers and professionals used St. Xavier, the nearby Henryville Community Church and a community center as bases for people trying to put their lives back together.
The town of about 1,600 was one of several in the region to be largely destroyed by a wave of storms that created dozens of tornadoes across 11 states March 2 and 3.
At least 39 people were killed, including one in Clark County, where Henryville and nearby Marysville took direct hits. Deaths also were reported in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Ohio. Substantial damage dotted those states as well as Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois, Mississippi, Virginia and South Carolina.
Tracy Guernsey, the staff nurse at Henryville’s public school complex, was among about 40 people still in the building when the tornado hit. She told Catholic News Service in a March 5 phone interview that if classes hadn’t been dismissed early in the face of the advancing storm, the death toll in Henryville would have been dramatic.
She said she and about 15 other people emerged from her office to find the whole second floor of the school had been ripped off. Inside, the papers on her desk were undisturbed.
The tornado hit at the normal dismissal time of 3 p.m., Guernsey said. “The bus drivers were the heroes here. If they hadn’t sent the buses out early, it would’ve been a different story.”