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
NEW! Urban Immersion
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 do not have any public trips scheduled at this time as we are in the planning and trial run phases. We are working with a few groups currently for trips in 2017.
Please stay tuned as we prepare volunteer opportunities. If you or a group is interested in helping us move this program forward or wants to volunteer in the future, please contact Ellen Hauber at (502) 459.9930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, were challenged to help a nonprofit reach a specific goal. This team helped Hand in Hand create and launch our Louisville Urban Immersion experience.
The pilot program day was held in West Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood in partnership with Elim Baptist Church and Metro Government. Volunteers gathered to clean alleyways and the Boys and Girls Club. Friendships were created and honest, open conversations were had confirming that Hand in Hand is needed in the Louisville community.
+ Corporate Sponsors / Volunteer Groups
+ Tools – New and Gently Used
+ Volunteer Licensed-Construction Help / Site Leader
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If you or a group is interested in helping us move this program forward or wants to volunteer in the future, please contact Ellen Hauber at (502) 459.9930 or email@example.com.
Our current mentoring programs at Seneca and Clark County grew out of our desire to bring the immersion trip experience to at-risk youth in our community. The tremendous success of our initial trip to Belize in 2013 with four students opened our ideas to the challenges facing young people in our own community. We created the mentoring program to foster relationships between high school students and young professionals.
Inspired by the tremendous success of our first immersion trip with Jefferson County Public School students in 2013, Hand in Hand was compelled to begin a mentoring program in 2015 designed to foster relationships between high school students and positive role models.
Students are paired with volunteers from community businesses to meet monthly in a group setting exploring concepts of personal branding, social media etiquette, financial aid opportunities, personal budgeting and more. The students and mentors are instrumental in creating the curriculum.
Our current schools include:
• Seneca High School “Redhawk Rangers” Club
• Clark County Middle / High School – Jeffersonville, IN
We need volunteers with an array of backgrounds to advance the knowledge and opportunities of the students throughout the programs. Our mentors are vital to its success. Through consistent attendance and encouragement, these students will see past today and into a promising future!
Mentor’s Role and Commitment:
- 6-8 program days throughout the school year (Additional training session in the summer)
- Begins in August with a once a month session for an hour at the school
- Each mentor will host a presentation day displaying his/her experiences and knowledge in a creative and engaging way
- Non-presenting mentors will be discussion leaders in small groups to build on the day’s topic and elaborate on past topics
- A capstone immersion trip to Eastern Kentucky with the group (2.5 days). Students and mentors not only assist with home repairs and food pantry renovation, but bond and set the path for open and honest communication.
If you are interested exploring options for participation as a monthly mentor or a one-time presenter, please contact Allison Ridenour at firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 459.9930.
2016 Winner of Yum! Brands Lead to Feed Program
Lead2Feed is inspired and supported by David Novak, executive chairman of Yum! Brands. To win the Leed2Feed Challenge, students study leadership lessons, form teams and create programs to address a community need. The Seneca Redhawk Rangers student team in partnership with Hand in Hand “adopted the eastern Kentucky community of Auxier to meet a variety of needs. They donated over 350 nonperishable items and toiletries to the Auxier emergency food pantry, installed new roofs and completed interior home repairs from water damage on two homes and launched the Healthy Smiles Campaign donating over 1,500 dental supplies in Auxier.
One of our first students in the program shared her story and why this program is so important:
“The mentors I’ve gained through Hand in Hand have been able to provide me with support not just in school, but also in life. Hand in Hand has provided me with both life lessons that I will cherish forever and the ability to include these lessons/experiences on resumes and applications. My mentors, and now friends, still check up on me regularly to see how I am doing in my first year of college and they offer me support and advice for just about anything. I am so thankful to have formed these connections with Hand in Hand because they have truly helped shape me into the person I am today.” – Jami R.