Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Wednesday that The Kentucky Derby Festival will add another week to its schedule. It’s called Give a Day and for one week before Thunder Over Louisville it asks individuals, businesses and non-profits to volunteer their service throughout the week. “When I talk to people about this they all say what… Continue reading Volunteer Effort Scheduled for The Kentucky Derby Festival
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Metro United Way first put out the call for volunteers and projects for those volunteers to work on late last year. Kelly Garvey with the United Way says she expected about 30 nonprofits to submit projects, and about 300 people to volunteer. But 64 projects were submitted and more than 700 volunteers signed up.
An infusion of federal stimulus dollars has helped the volunteer program Americorps put more members into Kentucky communities. And nonprofits are increasingly relying on those volunteers in the economic downturn.