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UofL Students Aid CASA in Annual MLK Day of Service

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., 35 students from the University of Louisville gathered this month for the school’s annual MLK Day of Service, offering their time and talent to help CASA’s mission of giving every abused or neglected child a voice.

Over the course of nearly two hours, the students learned about CASA’s impact on the Louisville and surrounding community as they created thank-you cards that would later be sent to CASA’s generous donors.


Afterward, the students said that they “loved” learning about CASA’s mission and especially “getting creative,” according to Co-Coordinators Sydney Tharp and Loghan Currin, who serve for the University of Louisville Engage Lead Serve Board.


The event, held annually on January 17, seeks to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through community engagement and action.


Since 2018, the university’s MLK Day of Service has helped community-focused agencies like CASA “paint, clean, landscape, and organize all while learning about how the agency helps people within the community every day, as well as the impact MLK has had on service and our community,” explains Tharp and Currin.


This year was no different.


“I really enjoyed being able to tap into a hobby of mine while also serving the community,” said participant Paighton Brooks. The opportunity to make thank-you cards “reminded me that service can be fun and creative!”


Every year, the funds CASA receive go to the training and work of volunteers, who become advocates and friends for vulnerable children going through Family Court. As CASA is financed entirely by money fundraised, the thank-you cards will help show supporters how much their contributions truly mean.


“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,” as Martin Luther King Jr. said himself.


Your impact could match theirs, as well. If you would like to offer your talents or time to CASA and the many kids we serve, contact Community Engagement Manager, Leah Nord. We can always use a hand with office work and other behind-the-scenes needs, and we are constantly looking for new volunteers to make a difference in a CASA child’s life. To give a financial gift, visit www.casarr.org/donate-now.


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