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Month: October 2016

Collaborating with Some of the Best

What to know before volunteering overseas

© Naomi Liz, Roaming the Americas (used with permission)

An exciting thing as an amateur blogger is when a blogger you admire asks you to collaborate on an article. Recently I decided to wade into the blogger world and share my volunteer/travel experiences since leaving the US. In this time, Don’t Forget To Move became a blog I’ve really enjoyed following. I love that they pair traveling with sustainable volunteering. They have a large following and are quite popular, but still have that approachability that other big blogs sometimes loose. So when they approached me earlier this month about collaborating on an article with them, I jumped at the chance.

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Kentucky, When it’s Not Derby Season

Visit bourbon distilleries if in Kentucky when it's not Derby season

Usually, the first thought to mind when you mention Kentucky is the Derby. Or, in the case of Guatemala, Kentucky Fried Chicken? But, once the Derby has passed, to an extent, Kentucky slips back into oblivion. Occasionally throughout the year the state comes back on the nation’s radar with it’s college sports. But, don’t overlook Kentucky throughout the rest of the year. There are so many other things to do in Kentucky when it’s not Derby season.

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The Table: Community Where They Are

The Table, where they meet the community where they are

The Portland community of Louisville is a neighborhood that regularly gets a bad reputation and known as a blue collar, lower income community since it’s establishment in the 1820s. The Great Flood of 1927 severely damaged the community. Characterized by low economic opportunities and poor education, Portland has remained somewhat stagnant in recent years. One of the greatest problems facing the community are drugs and the overall ‘drug economics’.

However, within the Portland community, small flecks of improvement are springing up. Parts of Portland are slowly beginning to change. However, much of the Portland community that runs along the “West Louisville” side, has yet to see much change. Drug use, food insecurity and lack of education (close to 50% of the neighborhood doesn’t have a high school education) are frequent problems. Working to address these issues in the neighborhood is The Table.

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Exploring St. James Art Fair

Exploring St. James art fair in Old Louisville

Fall in Kentucky brings many exciting things: the crisp fall air, football season, a kaleidoscope of color when the leaves change and one of the largest art fairs in the United States. During my visit to Louisville, Kentucky, I spent an afternoon exploring St. James Art Fair.

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Smoketown: A Story of Transformation

Smoketown Homeowners

In a community making recent headlines for violence, a new story is emerging from Smoketown. A story of hope. Hope for change and for a better future. Recently, parts of Smoketown received a facelift, taking steps to make the community safer and a better place to live. On Sept. 23, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville, in partnership with Thrivent Financial and GE Appliance Volunteers, brought the “Love Your Neighborhood” initiative to the heart of Smoketown. Habitat’s “Love Your Neighborhood” event engages volunteers and residents in exterior repair and improvement projects to increase pride in communities as well as foster a safer and healthier environment for area families.

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