Louisville is a city of many pronunciations. Depending on who you talk to, it may be “Looavul,” “Luhvul,” “Loueville,” “Looaville” or “Looeyville.” Louisville is also becoming a city of many cultures. Thanks to a relatively low cost of living, economic development and a good ESL program in the public school system, this city has been a popular destination for refugees and immigrants from around the world. The growing population has brought increased need to the city, which in spite of its relative economic stability still deals with the typical urban problems of poverty and homelessness. There are many great organizations working to meet these needs, and the city of Louisville is also seeking to grow. In recent years the city has attracted a lot of new development and is becoming a popular destination for outdoor activities, sports and the arts. Currently the city is expanding its park system by adding 4,000 new acres of park land. Louisville is a city that offers hospitality, warmth and the charms of a river city.
Serving in Louisville
• Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
• During the week, students may serve all or part of the week at a food shelf, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, or elderly care facilities.
As you and your group get to know the people of Louisville and understand the variety of needs (and the great organizations seeking to meet them), you’ll see that there’s much more to this city than horse racing and baseball bats. Your group will have a variety of service opportunities, including working with local organizations that work with kids in the community, spending time with the elderly, serving the homeless and partnering with a few organizations that are serving the larger refugee community. In the evenings, explore this beautiful city by playing at Waterfront Park, attending a local church service, visiting the Kentucky Derby and spending time with new found friends at the community cookout, hosted by the Salvation Army in the Portland neighborhood.
YouthWorks has been serving in Louisville since 2008, and staff and participants have enjoyed great relationships with our variety of service partners in the city.