Our hometown of Louisville, Kentucky is no different than any other region we serve. We have diverse groups yearning to work together to achieve a common goal. We want to bridge the gap of various areas in Louisville by creating conversation, enhancing the community and building lasting relationships for our town.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali, Louisville’s Hometown Hero
Urban Immersion is Hand in Hand’s newest program devoted to building relationships in our hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Prompted by a local pastor the question arose, “Why are you flying over your own mission field?” With need in our own backyard, it was time to reevaluate how we lend a hand and how we change lives.
This program asks volunteers to work with local residents on community projects, take part in area activities and eat at homegrown restaurants. The program hopes to attract local volunteers, corporations and nationwide groups to provide a variety of service in Louisville from one-day service experiences to weeklong immersion trips.
We offer day trips and overnight immersion trip opportunities. We welcome individuals, churches, youth groups, colleges, and businesses.
If you or a group is interested in participating or creating a service day, please contact Malika Glover at (502) 459.9930 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Please join us for a trip that will change your life!
- September 23, 2017
- October 28-29, 2017
- CREATE YOUR OWN – call our office to get started.
Don’t see a date that works for you? View all our immersion trip dates or create your own immersion trip group! We work with families, churches, schools and other organizations to schedule immersion trips.
What to Expect as a Tripster in Louisville?
Prior to your arrival, Hand in Hand will go door-to-door discovering the needs in our community. This means every group’s experience will be a bit different – maybe you will work on home repairs, alley clean-ups, building a park bench, creating a community garden or building a wheelchair ramp. If you have a specific interest, let us know and we will search it out for you!
We encourage you to take part in the community and eat at homegrown restaurants like Cup of Joy, Sweet Peaches, Annie’s Pizza, The Table or Old 502 Winery. You can also add places like Muhammad Ali’s Childhood Home Museum, McAlpine Locks and Dam, Shawnee Park or Portland Museum to your schedule. Out of town guests may enjoy a day at Churchill Downs, the Louisville Slugger Museum or walk the Big Four Bridge!
For more information, please contact Malika Glover at email@example.com or (502) 459.9930.
For years, Hand in Hand has dreamed to serve locally. In 2016, Hand in Hand was honored as one of six local nonprofits to receive a Leadership Louisville Center’s Ignite team making this dream a reality. These highly sought after leadership teams, comprised of young leaders in Louisville, are challenged to help nonprofits reach specific goals. Our team helped Hand in Hand create and launch the Louisville Urban Immersion experience.
This program invites you to work with local residents on a variety of community projects determined by the community itself. Hand in Hand answers the expressed needs of the communities it serves, and Louisville is no different! From time to time, we will even pair you with a local church partner, family, businesses or other area non-profit doing great work to strengthen our community!
If you choose an overnight experience, you will stay on the upper level of the Hand in Hand office in Portland. It has been converted into dorm-like rooms with sleeping for 20, multiple showers and a full kitchen. There is also a multi-purpose room for gathering. For group larger than 20, contact our office – we can still make it work!
In 2015, Hand in Hand offered mentoring to several Kentuckiana schools. While this program was very rewarding, we have shifted our focus to a be service organization for these students. Seneca High School has become a great partner school with their students participating in Hand in Hand trips to Appalachia and joining forces in the “Yum! Brands: Lead the Feed” service projects.
+ Volunteer Groups – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
+ Donate Tools – New and Gently Used
+ Volunteer Time as a Licensed-Construction Help / Site Leader
+ Donate Now to help launch this program!
If you or a group is interested in helping us move this program forward or want to volunteer in the future, please contact Malika Glover at (502) 459.9930 or email@example.com.
Can we solve all the problems? No.
Can we make a difference? Yes!
We can give hope to those denied opportunities, hope to look beyond the barriers and stereotypes and see that a bridge can be built and take initiative to build that bridge – but not only build it, but come over to the other side and working on the other side results in no sides – It is one city, one community – that compassionate Community that our Mayor talks about can become a reality as we work together.”
Pastor Vincent James
Head Pastor Elim Baptist & Interfaith Liaison Metro Government