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Archive: Volunteer

News: More Trees and Shrubs Thanks to LG&E

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April 30, 2015

Thanks to LG&E’s Plant for the Planet grant we are planting more shrubs and trees in Seneca Park, after removing invasive plants along Pewee Reese Rd at the Seneca walking loop. Over 50 trees and shrubs where planted as part of this multi-phase project. Great thanks to Power Creative and our Park Stewards for giving more >

News: Congratulations Sarah Wolff

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April 03, 2015

TEN YEARS! Congratulations to our very dedicated Volunteer Recruiter and Parks Activity Leader, Sarah Wolff, who this April celebrates ten years at the Conservancy. Although today Sarah is the point person at Olmsted Parks Conservancy for recruiting volunteers and matching them to the right park project, she started with the Conservancy as a volunteer. Sarah more >

News: UPS Foundation Awards Grant to Park Steward Program

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January 06, 2015

UPS employees have been volunteering in the Olmsted Parks since 2006. These enthusiastic volunteers have planted trees, removed invasive species, and repaired park structures in Shawnee, Iroquois, Cherokee and Seneca Parks.  The UPS Foundation, with its strong focus on environmental sustainability and volunteerism, has taken their commitment to the Olmsted Parks a step further by more >

News: Our Volunteers are Awesome!

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November 11, 2014

WOW! 800 Volunteers with 51 groups donated over 2500 hours to improving the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks so far this year. Groups as diverse as the US Navy, U of L Medical School and Manual High School track team worked to improve our parks. It takes a village, and we are glad you are part more >

News: Olmsted Parks Conservancy Community Report

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June 08, 2014

Olmsted Parks Conservancy continues to make great strides in park improvements, volunteer involvement, and donor commitment. The work accomplished is essential to keeping the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks healthy. Please checkout our latest Community Report. This report recaps the accomplishments made throughout the year! Thank you all those that support the Conservancy’s efforts! Thank you more >

News: Keri and Brendan Kennedy

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April 03, 2014

For Keri and Brendan Kennedy, a young professional couple who love being outdoors and feel a strong civic commitment to their city, volunteering in the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks in a perfect fit. Almost every Saturday morning you can find these two working in an Olmsted Park. Keri, who works for Republic National Distributing Company, more >

News: Junior Park Steward Program Announced!

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February 11, 2014

The Junior Park Steward program provides a hands-on learning experience for high school students 14-18 years of age. Junior Park Stewards will gain valuable knowledge about conservation, park history and horticulture from Olmsted Parks Conservancy staff and trained Park Steward volunteers. The program schedule will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:00am-12:00pm June 17-July 10. Junior more >

News: MLK, Jr. Day of Service 2014: Planting Trees in Shelby Park

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January 21, 2014

Over 60 volunteers came out to help plant trees in Shelby Park in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Several individuals and groups enjoyed the beautiful weather and sense of community which permeated the event. Check out our photos, and the photo gallery and video courtesy of the Courier Journal’s Alton Strupp more >

News: Park Steward Training Starts Soon!

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January 13, 2014

Jump into the New Year with a plan to help in the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks. Join us on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00pm to learn more about the Park Steward program. A Park Steward is a volunteer leader who receives in-depth training by our energetic staff in order to help with park projects, volunteer more >

News: Adoption Group–Alpha Tau Omega, University of Louisville

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January 03, 2014

"Cleaning a park is such an easy task that makes the world of difference to the community. With a couple of hours and some trash bags, the Brothers of ATO create a cleaner, safer place for kids to enjoy their sunny afternoons." 
- Jacob Jones
Alpha Tau Omega Member;  University of Louisville Inter-fraternity Council, Vice President of Service

“Volunteering through Olmsted Parks reflects the values of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. As an organization, we understand the importance of providing our services to the community and how our actions impact the lives of others. Cleaning a park is such an easy task that makes the world of difference to the community. With a more >