Plan Your Give a Day: You Will be Inspired When You Read Marlene’s Story.

Marlene Aldrich first volunteered for the Mayor’s Give a Day/Week of Service years ago when she worked for the University of Phoenix. She and a team of co-workers painted and cleaned a local Boys and Girls Club. They enjoyed it so much that several of them returned on a regular basis to read to the children. “I think we really made a difference for those kids, and I know it was a win-win for us,” Marlene says. “It meant a lot to me to hear them say, ‘Hi, Ms. Marlene’ every time I came in.” Volunteering also solidified the friendship Marlene and her co-workers shared, and they remain close even though they no longer work together.

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Helping Children with Serious Illness

Kourageous Kids is a not-for-profit 501c3 run by Hosparus Health geared toward helping any child with a serious or life-limiting illness. Kourageous Kids provides these children and their families with a team of experts to guide them with issues such as symptom control, counseling and spiritual support, and referrals to other community resources.

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Helping Children New to the Country

The Newcomer Academy is part of the Jefferson County Public Schools. The transitional school was created in 2010 to meet the varying linguistic needs of new English language learners. The academy began this school year with 345 students and now has over 500. After the first year, most students are transitioned over to their respective schools in their English Student Learner (ESL) programs.

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When Your Parents Need Help

As a loved one ages, it may become necessary to bring in outside help to ensure his or her needs are met, especially if adult children are being squeezed between the responsibilities of full-time employment and raising their own kids. Fortunately, there are companies that specialize in helping families navigate what can feel like an overwhelming process. Some of them focus on managing patients’ medical needs; others focus on non-medical assistance. Still other companies blend both types of care.

In this Q&A article, three experts in the field of home health care answer some of the questions families may have.

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“Louisville Lovin” Wedding

This bride created a “Louisville Lovin,” bright and fun, early-fall wedding for 200 guests, including surprises such as the first dance — a choreographed dance to You’re the One that I Want by Grease. “No one knew about this, and it was probably the most fun part of our wedding planning process, ” she says.

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