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Mayor hopes to break caring record with city's Give a Day week

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he hopes to break the city's existing world record for caring with at least 100,000 volunteers and acts of compassion during the annual Give a Day campaign.

The city-wide week of community service, held April 13 to 21, will help launch the 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival.

The week will start with a huge city cleanup effort. More than 10,000 volunteers – a record number, according to city leaders – will help Brightside with clean and spruce up hundreds of neighborhoods, schools and parks on Saturday, April 13. On Monday, April 22, Give a Day week will conclude with a final cleanup from Thunder Over Louisville along the waterfront and downtown.

More than 600 volunteers, including dozens of Louisville Metro Police officers, will help Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville build at least seven homes.

Volunteers are still needed for nearly 200 community services projects of all kinds. To register, visit and click on the "To volunteer for an existing project" link. Groups and individuals can use the same website to report projects and good deeds they perform on their own.

For people unable to volunteer their time, many giving opportunities are available during Give A Day week including:

  • Dropping cans of food into the Dare to Care bins at local Kroger stores;
  • Donating shoes to WaterStep at locations throughout the city. The shoes provide funding to bring clean drinking water to struggling families around the world;
  • Donating a book to a Metro United Way early childhood learning center to make sure more of our children have access to quality books, and
  • Giving blood at one of dozens of American Red Cross blood drive locations.

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