District 5 eNews - September 2022 #2 NEWS, NEW NEWS!!!!



Donna Purvis


City Hall Office

601 West Jefferson Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40202

(502) 574-1105

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Phone Numbers of Interest

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609 or 361-1318

Economic Development: 574-4140

Planning & Design Services: 574-6230

Community Services & Revitalization: 574-4377

Public Works: 574-5810

TARC: 585-1234

PARC: 569-6222

Legal Aid: 584-1254

IPL (Code Enforcement): 574-3321

Congressman John Yarmuth: 582-5129

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

Metro Parks: 456-8100

Metro Police: (Non Emergency)574-7111 or 574-2111

LMPD 1st Division:  574-7167

LMPD 2nd Division: 574-2478

Anonymous Tipline:574-LMPD (5673)

Metro Safe: 572-3460 or 574-7111

Master Commissioner Jefferson Circuit Court (Foreclosure Sales): 753-4888



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In This Issue...



Did you know in September.......

  • Labor Day
  • September 7th- National Beer Lovers Day
  • September 15th- National Double Cheeseburger Day
  • September 26th- National Pancake Day
  • National Chicken Month
  • Self Improvement Month
  • September 13th- Positive Thinking Day
  • September 28th- National Good Neighbor Day




LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shawnee Park just got a fresh coat of paint in the form of a beautiful, colorful mural and a new hiking trail.

The mural, designed by STEAM Exchange, is based on photographs taken by the late Charles "Bud" Dorsey Jr., a local legend who is most known for his photojournalism documenting life in west Louisville for more than 50 years.

The photos used in the mural depicted activities offered within the Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors (ECHO) program, including environmental education and nature play.

ECHO is a component of West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative (WLORI), who also partners with the STEAM exchange to create opportunity for west Louisville youths.

"We have been working over the past several years to transform our historic Shawnee and Chickasaw parks into even more exciting, diverse greenspaces, providing rich environmental experiences for people from all walks of life," Mayor Greg Fischer said.

Credit: Destinee Flowers

As well as the mural unveiling, Shawnee Park also has a new hiking trail, thanks to Wilderness Louisville, Inc., Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence and Brown-Forman Corporation, according to a press release from the mayor's office.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and SummerWorks participants worked for nearly 18 months to complete the trail.

Michael Gritton, KentuckianaWorks executive director, oversees SummerWorks in partnership with YouthBuild Louisville.

"The SummerWorks youth at Shawnee Park have helped improve their community for the better while gaining knowledge about the outdoors and expanding their professional skills. This is what the program is all about," Gritton said.

The trail project was backed by several local organizations, all to make nature more accessible for Louisville children and families and to better serve the community of west Louisville.

District 5 Town Hall Meeting (PURVIS PODIUM)

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There will be a community Town Hall Meeting (PURVIS PODIUM) for District 5 on September 21st at 6pm at Shawnee Golf Course, located at 460 Northwestern Pkwy. 40212. City agencies will be there to answer your questions or concerns. Please join us!

District 5 Community Meetings

Portland Now Meeting

September 6, 2022 @ 6pm 1st  Tuesday of the Month

Shawnee Neighborhood Meeting

September 20, 2022 @ 6;30p 3rd Tuesday of the Month.

Dialogue with Donna and Love Walk


There will be an event on Wednesday, September 14th from 5-7pm At Vonspiegel Baptist Church on the corner of Louis Colman Ave and Kentucky Street. There will be conversations with the Councilwoman and community minsters as well. Hope to see you there!


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Government is looking to change how it sells city-owned vacant properties and lots, hoping to increase home ownership.  

What You Need To Know
    • The changes were announced in August

    • Made hoping to make the process more fair

    • The Landbank Board is now seeking community input on the proposed changes

  • Vacant properties can be purchased again in mid-September

The Landbank Authority, which oversees vacant properties and lots in Jefferson County, announced the changes in August. The Landbank Authority is a joint agency of Louisville Metro Government, the Jefferson County Public Schools District and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Here are the changes they have proposed:

  • Collecting demographic data on Landbank buyers; 
  • Creating a $1 million Landbank Homeownership Improvement Fund to assist with the cost of rehabbing Landbank properties for properties going to an owner-occupant;
  • Eliminating first-come, first-serve options for several Landbank programs to offer more fair access to properties;
  • Revising scoring criteria for multiple programs to favor neighborhood residents and homeownership; 
  • Changing applicant eligibility to its Lot On My Block Program to allow long-term renters to purchase vacant lots on their block.

The Landbank Authority is now seeking community input on the proposed changes and will resume accepting applications on vacant properties and lots again Sept. 15.

First time homeowner Christian Davis outside his two-story home in Louisville’s West End (Spectrum News 1/Mason Brighton)
First time homeowner Christian Davis outside his two-story home in Louisville’s West End (Spectrum News 1/Mason Brighton)

In parts of Louisville’s West End, more than 60% of residents are renters. This includes the California neighborhood where 25-year-old Christian Davis moved into in Nov. 2021. His home was once an abandoned property that was renovated by a nonprofit called The Housing Partnership, which specializes in affordable housing.  

Data released by Louisville Metro states, nearly a quarter of all vacant homes are in the West End. The planned changes to how vacancies are handled aim to tackle both issues. Hoping to see more success stories like those of first-time buyers like Davis. 

“I didn’t know really how to feel, but I did feel happy. Not a lot of people in my family are homeowners, so just trying to break generational cycles and everything,” Davis said.

Davis moved back to Louisville last year after getting his master’s degree. He grew up in the West End and now lives just a few blocks from his mother. Davis hopes to be a role model for others and demystify the home-buying process.

“I love to give back and I want people who, in the same community, could look at me as like a young Black male as inspiration to get a home you know in this type of area or whatever area. Just to be able to look and say hey ‘if he can do it I can do it,’” Davis said. 

Davis’ two-story home was one of over 120 properties purchased and renovated by The Housing Partnership in 2021. Since 2016, they’ve gained nearly 300 properties.  

It’s part of the organization’s Beyond 9th: Revitalizing West Louisville through Strategic Homeownership initiative, which has placed over 330 people into affordable housing. 91% of the head of households identify as Black or African American. 

“You know there is over 5,000 vacant (or) abandoned properties in West Louisville, at least that’s been the number for the last 30 years, and we need to have a focused community effort to start making that number smaller on an annual basis,” Andrew Hawes, president and CEO of The Housing Partnership said. 

Hawes adds the proposed changes by the Landmark Authority are a step in the right direction. Hawes said the Housing Partnership plans to work with the city to purchase more vacant homes which will be renovated and turned into affordable housing. 

On Davis’ block, there are several boarded-up or dilapidated homes. Something he’d like to see change.

“So I would definitely love to see like some of the vacant houses around here to be remodeled, rebuilt, whichever that it needs, long as it’s a new house once the person is ready to move in. So I definitely love to see that,” Davis said. 

Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO)


The Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO) administers Louisville Metro’s small business and commercial property loans for new and expanding businesses in Jefferson County. Loans can be used for start-up and expansion costs, including equipment purchases, buildout, and working capital, as well as for commercial property improvements. Loan applications are evaluated on: business plan, financial feasibility, owner experience, and credit-worthiness. Collateral is required for all METCO loans except the Business Accelerator Loan.

Business Incentive Programs

As you start and grow your business, the Louisville Forward team is ready to assist you with applicable public incentives. In addition to the METCO Loan Program, Louisville Metro and the state of Kentucky have tax abatement programs to save you money as you grow your business.

KENTUCKY SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDIT PROGRAM This program offers between $3,500 and $25,000 per year for small businesses that have: • Hired and sustained at least one, full-time new job in the last year, earning a minimum of $10.88/hour • Purchased at least $5,000 in qualifying equipment or technology Businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible for the program. The amount of the tax credit depends on how many jobs were created and the amount of investment made. https://ced.ky.gov/Entrepreneurship/KSBTC

METCO’s Business Accelerator Loan Program The Business Accelerator Loan is available to new and existing small businesses in low to moderate income neighborhoods who have barriers to obtaining traditional financing. Eligibility is based on where your business is located. Check your location’s eligibility: www.louisvilleky.gov/acceleratormap

Metro Small Business Development Team – Connect with our team for assistance with: • Business Planning & Strategy • Business Education & Learning Opportunities • Location Identification • Finding a Business Mentor • Connecting with a business coach and/or other resource providers offering services, technical assistance and small business lending • https://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-forward/services/small-business

Training Opportunities • Guide to Entrepreneurship – This 90-minute Group Coaching session explains key pre-business concepts. Ideal for those who are new to business ownership. Contact Louisville SBDC: https://www.louisvillesmallbusiness.com/workshops • Entrée Preneur Series – An interactive 8-week course taught by industry leading professionals for restaurant owners and food entrepreneurs. Contact Chef Space: https://www.chefspace.org/entree-preneur • For more Small Business Workshops, visit: • SCORE – https://louisville.score.org/content/take-workshop-277 • Louisville SBDC – https://www.louisvillesmallbusiness.com/workshops • National SBA Learning Center – https://learn.sba.gov/dashboard • LinkedIn Learning – Use your library card to access this online learning resource, with thousands of courses covering business strategy and other topics https://www.lfpl.org/LinkedIn/




Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center Golf Scramble


Louisville Bats Metro Council Night's Free Tickets


Volunteer Tax Help Off Season



Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Off season

Free Tax Assistance



Appointments only 502-574-5687


From May 12th to October 13th 2022


Edison Center

701 W. Ormsby 2nd floor

Tuesdays and Wednesdays only

May 10th to November 16th

11 am to 3pm


Louisville Urban League

1535 W. Broadway

Thursdays only

May 12th to October 13th

12 pm to 7pm  


District 5 Advisory Board Applicants Need Volunteers

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Councilwoman Purvis is looking for individuals who want to learn about local government and team up to develop an Advisory Board for District 5. If you are interested you can call 502-574-1105 at her office for details and information. This on a voluntary basis only.  Advisory Board will start in January 2023.



WE WANT TO IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY AND WE WOULD LIKE YOUR HELP AND INPUT. email- alfred.johnson@louisvilleky.gov for information or interest in being on the Advisory Board. you will learn how local government works while helping to improve your community.


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We have career opportunities in various fields, such as Administrative Coordinator, Administrative Specialist, Electrical Maintenance Supervisor, Electrician, Equipment Operators, Mechanic and Sanitation Workers! 

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  • Double check how/when/where to vote.
  • Request your absentee ballot.
  • Vote early in person
  • College students in KY can register/vote in KY for this extremely Important Senate election.
  • Your vote matters! Educate yourself and your friends and make sure your ballet is counted.
  • More Voting Questions? call 502-574-6100



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Louisville’s art scene is vibrant year round, but the return of fall each year, with its cooler weather and colorful leaves, seems to breathe new life into this thriving city by the river. We’ve highlighted a few can’t miss events happening in the coming weeks. From art fairs to art scares, we’ve got you covered. So clear your calendar, it’s fall in Louisville, y’all.

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s beloved Dracula is returning to Bingham Theater. In this thrilling new adaptation, playwright Kate Hamill reimagines Bram Stoker’s vampire classic as a feminine revenge fantasy. No damsels in distress, no romanticized villains—just a gleeful stake through the heart of the patriarchy. Dates: September 8 – September 17.


The Big Four Arts Festival showcases colorful, diverse quality art in a beautiful setting overlooking the Ohio River. With over 150 artists, this event offers plenty of entertainment, food, beverages, and childrens’ activities in a family-friendly atmosphere. Dates: September 11 – 12.


Held the first full weekend in October in historic Old Louisville, the award-winning St. James Court Art Show features 17 different artistic mediums from over 600 artists. Over 250,000 people make this an annual tradition, strolling the expansive 4-square block to admire these works of art. Dates: September 30 – October 2.


With more than 5,000 hand-carved jack o’ lanterns, many created by local artists, Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular transforms a quarter-mile trail in Louisville’s historic Iroquois Park into an organic art gallery. Open October 4 – October 31.

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Louisville is home to many impressive and exciting sports teams! Check out upcoming games and tickets at the links below! 

Louisville Bats Baseball

U of L Sports

Louisville City FC

Racing Louisville FC

Churchill Downs




Rhapsody in Blue, Music of John Williams and Leonard Bernstein are on the program for this free concert at Shawnee Park performed by the Louisville Orchestra. The featured soloist is pianist LARA DOWNES performing Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and an LO co-commission Hindsight: Let Me See the Sun. Ms. Downes was named 2022 Classical Woman of the Year by Performance Today and has topped the Billboard Magazine charts as a recording artist, producer, and curator of American piano. She is the creator of Rising Sun Music, a recording series that sheds light on the music and stories of Black composers over the last 200 years. The series features her collaborations with a wide range of leading instrumentalists and vocalists, including Davóne Tines, Nicole Cabell, and Regina Carter. Lara is also the creator and host of Amplify with Lara Downes, a video series for NPR Music.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets for an afternoon of music under the sky.


With so many great upcoming events this summer you don't want to miss out! Don't worry, we'll give lots more info as we get closer to the date! For now, mark your calendar and get ready for your favorite events! 

Latin Music Awards KY - Friday, September 16th, 8 p.m. at Fourth Street Live!

Bourbon & Beyond - September 15th through 18th at the Kentucky Exposition Center

Louder Than Life - September 22nd through 25th at the Kentucky Exposition Center

The Works Week


farmers market

This summer, make sure to check out all the great Farmers' Markets we have to offer in Louisville! 

Bardstown Road Farmers' Market - 1733 Bardstown Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Beechmont Open Air Market - 4574 S. 3rd St. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Beulah Farmers' Market - 6704 Bardstown Rd. Mondays, 3 to 7 p.m.

Brownsboro Road Farmers' Market - 4000 Brownsboro Rd. Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m.

Crescent Hill Farmers' Market - 201 S. Peterson Ave. Thursday 3 to 6 p.m.

Douglass Loop Farmers' Market - 2005 Douglass Blvd. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

East End Farmers' Market - 13060 Factory Ln. Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.

J-Town Farmers' Market - 10434 Watterson Trl. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Middletown Farmers' Market - 11721 Main St. Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m.

Norton Commons Farmers' Market - 6301 Moonseed St. Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m.

Phoenix Hill NuLu Farmers' Market - 1007 E. Jefferson St. Tuesdays, 3 to 6 p.m.

Prospect Area Farmers' Market - 12900 W. Hwy. 42, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Rainbow Blossom Farmers' Market - 3738 Lexington Rd. Sundays 12 to 4 p.m.

Riverside Farmers' Market - 7410 Moorman Rd. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Matthews Farmers' Market - 4100 Shelbyville Rd. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

West End Farmers' Market - 1821 W. Jefferson St. Select Saturdays

Westport Rd. Baptist Farmers' Market - 9705 Westport Rd. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Please See The Links Below For Additional Events & Venues

Belle of Louisville | Bernheim Forest | Blackacre State Nature PreserveBrennan House | Brightside | Bourbon Society | Brennan HouseCarnegie Center | Churchill Downs | Culbertson Mansion | Falls of the Ohio State Park | French Language School | Farnsley-Moremen Landing | Filson Historical SocietyForecastle FoundationFourth Street Live! | Frazier Museum | German-American Club Go502app | Greater Louisville Inc. | Greater Louisville International Professionals (G.L.I.P.) | Howard Steamboat Museum | Historic Homes Foundation | Iroquois Amphitheater | Jefferson Memorial Forest | Jeffersonville, IN Events | KFC Yum! CenteKentucky Center for African American HeritageKentucky Center for the Performing Arts | Kentucky Derby Museum | Kentucky Derby Festival | Kentucky Expo Center | Kentucky Historical Society Events | Kentucky Kingdom | Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft | Kentucky Parks | Kentucky Science Center | Kentucky State Fair | League of Women Voters | Louisville Bats Louisville City FC | Louisville Mega Cavern | Louisville Memorial Auditorium Louisville Tourism | Louisville Downtown Partnership | Louisville Free Public Library | Louisville Historical League | Louisville Magazine | Louisville Metro Council | Louisville Nature Center | Louisville Slugger Museum | Town Planner | Louisville Visual Art  | Louisville Zoo | Metro Animal Services | Metro Parks | Mint Julep Tours Louisville | Muhammad Ali Center | Museum of American Printing House for the Blind | New2Lou | New Albany, IN Events | Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center | Paristown | PG&J's Dog Park Bar | Portland Museum | Racing Louisville FCRauch Planetarium | Roots 101 MuseumSister Cities of Louisville | Sons of the American Revolution | Speed Art Museum  | U of L Athletics | Waterfront Botanical GardensWaterfront Park | Water Tower  | Yew Dell Gardens  |  YMCA of Louisville 


Food Truck Wednesdays

Every Wednesday now through October

Each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. experience Food Truck Wednesdays at 4th Street between Jefferson and Market Streets! Louisville Downtown Partnership has curated many amazing food trucks to serve lunchtime patrons each Wednesday through October!

The street will be closed off to foot traffic only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each week. Food trucks will serve food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come on over to 4th Street and eat some delicious, local food!

S. 4th Street between Jefferson and Market, Louisville, KY



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Public Health News & Alerts


Monkeypox cases in Louisville remain low, but keep yourself safe


Late last week, the U.S. government declared monkeypox a public health emergency. 

In Louisville the risk of monkeypox to the general public is low. There have been 8 cases. Three individuals are in active isolation. Five individuals have recovered. 

The U.S. supply of monkeypox vaccine is extremely limited. The CDC provides vaccines to state health departments who then allocate the vaccines to city and county health departments. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) has been allocated 100 doses to vaccinate documented close contacts of someone who has tested positive. As the vaccine supply increases, it will be made available to healthcare providers to offer to patients who meet the eligibility criteria. We have implored our state and federal officials to get more vaccines for our community. 

There are several actions individuals can take to reduce their risk of exposure, including getting vaccinated. 

If you are having symptoms or think you have been exposed: 

  • Please see your healthcare provider or visit an urgent care center to see if you should be tested and treated.
  • Please isolate at home until you can be seen.
  • Wear a face mask to your appointment and make sure any lesions are completely covered.
  • When you arrive, please tell the provider that you are experiencing symptoms consistent with monkeypox.

Have additional questions? Call the KY Monkeypox Hotline at  (844) 520-6670.

Louisville COVID-19 cases remain at red-alert level


Louisville COVID-19 case counts are holding steady at the red-alert level. Health experts recommend people living in high community-level counties to wear a mask indoors in public, stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if experiencing symptoms. Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

Here are the key COVID-19 data metrics for this week:

  • Daily average incidence rate of 49.4 cases per 100,000 population
  • Weekly incidence rate of 345.63 cases per 100,000 population
  • 2,652 new cases reported over the previous week
  • 16 newly reported deaths
  • 14.9% new hospital admissions of confirmed COVID-19 in the last seven days
  • 4.9% staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19
  • 5.2% staffed ICU beds are in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19
  • 47.7% of those fully vaccinated have received a booster dose

Need help finding a COVID test or vaccination location? Have you tested positive for COVID, but aren't sure what to do? Call the LOU Health COVID-19 Helpline, 502-912-8598, available Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Language translation services are available.

Louisville provides breastfeeding education and support to families

During National Breastfeeding Month, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) is reminding families of the benefits of breastfeeding and support available to help new mothers navigate challenges.

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program at LMPHW offers breastfeeding classes virtually and in person. The classes are open to anyone and led by peer counselors who are moms who have breastfed their children. Click here for a list of upcoming free infant feeding classes.

Pregnant women as well as new moms who are enrolled in WIC also get one-to-one  support from peer counselors. The WIC Program helps with breastfeeding, as well as providing access to infant formula.

To learn more about the WIC Program and how to qualify for a free electric breast pump, call 502-574-5978 or visit Louisville WIC at louisvilleky.gov.  For breastfeeding support, you can call LMPHW 502-574-6511. You can also find additional resources in Jefferson County on our breastfeeding support page.


Want to open a business? Take steps to get a food service permit

Are you looking to obtain a food service permit in Louisville Metro for the following types of food operations?

  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops 
  • Soda fountains
  • Bars/taverns
  • Cocktail lounges
  • Nightclubs
  • Catering kitchens
  • Cafeterias
  • Tea rooms
  • Grills
  • Luncheonettes
  • Food service at daycares, schools, hospitals, and senior living facilities
  • Mobile Food Trucks

Whether you are purchasing an existing establishment, constructing a new facility, or planning to operate out of a currently permitted kitchen (catering, shared kitchen, etc.), you'll need to obtain your food service permit. Restaurants, retail establishments, mobile food trucks, and temporary food operations have different equipment requirements and different food safety fee schedules. To learn more please visit our Food Safety Program website at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/welcome-food-safety-program

Before you can get your food permit, you'll need to submit all floor and construction plans to LMPHW via email at lmphw_planreviewfood@louisvilleky.gov . For more information regarding LMPHW’s plan review application, requirements and submittals,  please visit the LMPHW Plan Review website at  https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/services/welcome-lmphw-plan-review

If you would like to gain more food safety knowledge and become a Certified Food Manager you can take the online LMPHW Food Safety Certified Food Manager’s course here: https://www.statefoodsafety.com/CustomPortal/Louisville#/ or attend in person here: https://www.mganda.com/JCSC/


Breast Cancer Screening Mammograms for Women over 40


Where: Redeemer Lutheran Church

Location: 3640 River Park Drive, Louisville, Ky. 40211

Saturday, October 1st from 8:30am to 3:30pm Call to schedule your appointment 502-852-6318

All insurance filed with University of Louisville Hospital, proper ID and Insurance Card required. Financial assistance for uninsured patients who qualify, ALL COVID guideline followed.

Community Festival Health Fair









Mental health first aid is a training program that teaches members of the public how to help a person developing a mental health problem (including a substance misuse problem), experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Like traditional first aid, mental health first aid does not teach people to treat or diagnose mental health or substance use conditions. Instead, the training teaches people how to offer initial support until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves



MHFA - Mental Health First Aid Training is back.

Dates:  Training of Trainers for youth October 11-13 2022, March 7-9 2020.

Dates:  Training of Trainers for adults November 8-10 2022.

It will all be virtual 😯

The trainings are FREE, FREE, FREE

Send your name and contact information to:






White Cane Day Nominations 

The White Cane Day Committee is sponsoring the annual Rider/Shaw White Cane Day Award. This award recognizes a local visually impaired citizen that has made a significant contribution to the community either on a local, regional, or national level. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated commitment, dedication and service to the community and achieved or excelled in a field, sport or other role.  

Please take this opportunity to nominate individuals for this prestigious award.  All nominees will be invited to participate in the annual White Cane Day event, which is sponsored by Metro Government and the TARC Accessibility Advisory Council.  This event will be held on October 11th at the TARC Accessibility Advisory Council meeting.   The purpose of the event is to: increase safety, raise awareness of the issues affecting visually impaired citizens and highlight their accomplishments.

If you would like to nominate someone, please contact Alli HERE to receive an application and return the completed form by September 30th to:

White Cane Day Office of Aging and Disabled Citizens 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Suite 201 Louisville, KY 40204

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Darrell Aniton at 502-718-5778. We look forward to your submission of nominations to help us celebrate these outstanding citizens through this event.

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Look before you lock. Never leave your child alone in a car

Louisville has again experienced high temperatures.  According to NoHeatStroke.org, 912 children have died from “pediatric vehicular heatstroke” in the past 24 years. All of them could have been prevented. 

This summer, please “look before you lock” so you don’t accidentally leave a child or pet in a locked car.  Not even for a few minutes.  It only takes a few minutes for a car to reach unbearably hot temperatures.

Remember to ACT to prevent heatstroke:

  • Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not inside so kids don’t get in on their own.  
  • Create reminders. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place and secure your phone, briefcase or purse in the backseat when traveling with your child. 
  • Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations.

Photo courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide


Louisville Free Public Library


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Louisville Free Public Library now offers online tutoring service for students, free with a library card

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 11, 2022) It’s back to school season and the Louisville Free Public Library is excited to announce another free resource to help students in our community succeed! Brainfuse HelpNow is an online tutoring service offering access to virtual one-on-one tutoring in a range of subjects for K-12 students seven days a week. Students can chat with tutors in real-time (2-11 p.m.), get help with math problems, have papers reviewed using Brainfuse’s Writing Lab, discuss practice test results, and more. HelpNow even offers live FAFSA help and online practice tests.


Brainfuse employs more than 3,000 tutors—most are retired teachers or graduate students and all have a minimum of a 4-year degree (97% have masters degrees). To access HelpNow, simply visit LFPL.org/HomeworkHelpNow.


Need access to a computer or internet? Stop by any of our 17 area library locations today.

HelpNow and all of the Library’s Homework Help resources are free with a valid library card. To learn more, click on Homework Help on the teens or kids pages of LFPL.org. For more information, call (502) 574-1611.

Senior Nutrition Information


The Senior Nutrition Program promotes health throughout the community by providing nutritious meals for all seniors aged 60 and older, regardless of income.
Senior Nutrition also encourages sites to provide activities and fitness programs. The sites listed below are open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Reservations are required. Please contact each location for further information.

This program is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department Cabinet of Health and Family Services through a contract with
KIPDA. Other sources of income include Louisville Metro Government and private donations.

Buechel Park (Mon-Fri)
2403 Hikes Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
Highlands Community Ministries (Wed & Fri)
1228 E Breckinridge St
Louisville, KY 40204
Hillebrand House (Mon-Fri)
1235 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY 40203
Kling Center (Mon-Fri)
219 W Ormsby Ave
Louisville, KY 40203
Lourdes Hall (Mon-Fri)
735 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40217
Metro East (Mon-Fri)
9212 Taylorsville Rd
Louisville, KY 40299
Neighborhood House (Mon-Fri)
201 N 25th St
Louisville, KY 40212
Okolona/Wilderness Rd (Mon-Fri) 8111
Blue Lick Rd
Louisville, KY 40219
Shively (Tues, Thurs, Fri)
1875 Farnsley Rd
Louisville, KY 40216
Sun Valley Community Center (Mon-Fri)
6505 Bethany Ln
Louisville, KY 40272
United Crescent Hill Ministries Senior Center (Tues, Wed, Thurs)
150 S State St
Louisville, KY 40206
Watson Powell (Tues & Fri)
1340 Heafer Rd
Louisville, KY 40223

Request a Smoke Alarm


Citizens that live in owner-occupied single family dwellings may request a home inspection through Metro311. The Division of Fire will send a Fire Company to perform a voluntary home fire safety inspection and install a free ten-year lithium battery operated smoke detector in the home if needed.

Note: Smoke detectors in rental properties must be provided by the property owner.

Kentucky Harm Reduction


Syringe Service Program, Naloxone & Overdose Reversal Training

Redeemer Lutheran Church 
3640 River Park Drive
Louisville, KY 40211
11:00-2:00 p.m.
Portland Family Health Center
2215 Portland Avenue
Louisville, KY 40212
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Please contact Erica Williams at 537-6061


Community Resources


Community Action Kentucky (CAP) - (Office Locations) Services include various educational courses and Job Readiness Financial Literacy courses.

KentuckianaWorks Services include high-demand job training, one-on-one career counseling, career development workshops, career search resources, access to computers, phones and faxes for job searches.

Kentucky Career Center The Kentucky Career Center offers information on unemployment benefits & claims as well as many services for job seekers.

Louisville Urban League Assists clients, primarily African Americans and individuals of low to moderate income, prepare for and find employment.  Services include counseling & placement services, training & development, pre-screening & referral services and outreach programs.

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs    This site includes information about education and training benefits available to veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Express   Kentucky Career Center offices have Local Veterans Employment representatives and Disabled Veteran outreach specialists to assist veterans with their employment and training needs.

Center for Accessible Living (CAL)   CAL offers training on disability issues and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADA compliance, building and product accessibility, reasonable accommodation certification, American Sign Language interpreters, recruitment, career development, a Job Hunt Club and much more. (See all services)

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky   Goodwill provides jobs, job training, and employment counseling for people who face barriers to finding and keeping a job, including people with disabilities, recipients of public assistance, and people with limited education or work history.

Job Corps Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age.  For more information, call (800) 733-JOBS where an operator will refer you to the admissions counselor closest to where you live, and mail you an information packet.

Kentucky Office for the Blind   Services include: braille instruction, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, adult education, career development, life skills, personal development

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation   Programs and services offered include counseling & guidance, vocational & other training services, interpreter & note taking services, rehabilitation technology, job placement and supported employment.

Summer Heat and Pets- keep them cool!


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I am honored to serve Chickasaw, Shawnee, Portland and Russell Neighborhoods


Office of Councilwoman Donna Purvis
Louisville Metro Council | District 5
601 West Jefferson Street  Louisville, Kentucky 40202