Proud FFA members from across the nation will be participating in the 2013 National Days of Service at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo. Do you want to be among those FFA members who will have the gratifying opportunity to volunteer at Louisville-area agencies and organizations that strengthen our communities, build our country’s human resources and leave a lasting legacy? Be sure to register early for these opportunities – they will fill fast!

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National Days of Service is sponsored by CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

2013 NDoS Service Sites

National Days of Service shifts are full. If you want to be placed on the wait list, please email your request to ndos@ffa.org. Thank you!

All sites have two shifts per day: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Brightside - SOLD OUT
Brightside unites donors and volunteers to beautify the city of Louisville. FFA members will assist in cleaning, winterizing flowerbeds and planting trees. As with any city, there is always a need to provide clean-up efforts and keep litter off of the streets and out of the parks. By cleaning the city, FFA members are not only making it look beautiful, but they are doing their part to drive the economy forward. And, by planting trees, FFA members are helping to make Louisville a sustainable city. Trees benefit a neighborhood in many ways, such as improving air quality, decreasing utility costs by mitigating heat, and helping build community pride by providing quality green space.

Dare to Care - SOLD OUT
Dare to Care Food Bank’s mission is to lead the community feeding the hungry and conquering the cycle of need. The food bank partner’s with more than 350 agencies in 13 counties to distribute and provide food through many feeding programs. During the shifts, FFA members will work with Dare to Care staff to sort food donations and learn how their contribution will benefit those in need in the Louisville community.

Food For All SOLD OUT
The National Days of Service participants will work with Kentucky’s North Hardin FFA Chapter to complete the chapter’s “Food For All” initiative to share produce with those in need and elevate the connection between production agriculture and consumers. The project involves a 100,000- square- foot garden on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. As the growing season progresses, the garden will be devoted to the fall harvest. FFA members, will harvest food-grade yellow and white corn, radishes, onions, cabbage and broccoli. In addition, butternut squash and edible pumpkins, previously harvested from the garden, will be delivered to the site for shipment. During the shifts, members will wash, sort and package the fresh produce and will also harvest, shuck, shell and prepare for grinding hard-kernel yellow and white corn. The food-grade corn will be milled and packaged into one- and five- pound bags. The cornmeal, along with the other garden produce, will be distributed to organizations providing food assistance. Each session will begin with a brief overview of safe food handling practices in compliance with Kentucky’s Good Agricultural Practices training.

Kids Against Hunger - Louisville - SOLD OUT
Kids Against Hunger-Louisville engages volunteers in packaging a mix of dry ingredients specially formulated to create a vitamin-fortified, high-protein meal. National Days of Service participants will learn about the issue of world hunger and the role that U.S. agriculture and Kids Against Hunger play in providing worldwide humanitarian aid. FFA members will create an 11-person assembly line team with the goal of packaging 3,000 meals per team. After 45 minutes of packing, the team will be realigned and the new teams will discuss and test ideas to improve the efficiency of the packaging line. The shift will conclude with students members assisting in clean up and preparation for the next shift. Kids Against Hunger will distribute 50% of the meals to Feeding America- Kentucky’s Heartland and 50% of the meals will go to Children’s Lifeline, a Kentucky-based nonprofit that feeds children in Haiti.

Louisville Nature Center - SOLD OUT
Louisville Nature Center offers a unique opportunity for people to be educated about nature in the heart of the city. National Days of Service participants will work with the restoration and renovation of the 41-acre preserve that is used for an outdoor classroom. The members’ duties include the removal of invasive plants, trail work, replanting and other related activities. An additional project includes maintenance and planting in the gardens and grounds of the nature center.

Louisville Zoo - SOLD OUT
The Louisville Zoo sits on 134 acres with more than 1,700 animals. The National Days of Service participants will assist the zoo staff in cleaning the fence area around the perimeter of the property. Participants will also help to beautify the park and its attractions for zoo guests to enjoy.

Olmsted Parks - SOLD OUT
Louisville’s Olmsted Parks are the most popular and heavily used parks in the city. National Days of Service participants will help to restore landscape and natural woodland or prairie areas in Iroquois Park. The members will work on removing invasive plants and pulling weeds in landscape beds.

National Safe Place - SOLD OUT
With the help of CSX, City Year and Dignity U Wear, National Safe Place will host an exciting team-based apparel (brand new clothing) sorting and packing service project benefitting close to 140 National Safe Place affiliates across the country. The clothing will be delivered to youth crisis affiliates (shelters and other youth care facilities) to provide dignified clothing to young people who are off the streets with no more than the clothes they are wearing.

YouthBuild - SOLD OUT
(Fri., Nov. 1 only) – 40 students per shift (2 shifts per day)
At YouthBuild, young adults realize their potential through the development of life and job skills. Members are inspired to reach lifelong success as they become strong, confident young adults with a commitment to work, education, family and community. National Days of Services participants will establish the communal aspect of the YouthBuild Community Orchard by cleaning up the area, removing weeds and building structures as gathering space. The orchard is currently home to fledgling fruit trees, a garden labyrinth, a small flock of chickens and a compost pile.

Delegate Day of Service

Monday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Much like the National Days of Service, Delegate Day of Service offers official delegates to the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo to volunteer talent and time to improve the community around them. The three-hour projects allow delegates to get hands-on even before they get to handling the organization’s important official business.

2013 Delegate Day of Service Sites

Brightside - SOLD OUT
Brightside unites donors and volunteers to beautify the city of Louisville. FFA delegates will assist in cleaning and winterizing flower beds as well as planting trees. As with any city, there is always a need to provide clean-up efforts and keep litter off of the streets and out of the parks. By cleaning the city, FFA members are not only making it look beautiful, but they are doing their part to drive the economy forward. And by planting trees, the delegates are helping to make Louisville a sustainable city. Trees benefit a neighborhood in many ways, such as improving air quality, decreasing utility costs by mitigating heat and helping build community pride by providing quality green space.

Habitat For Humanity - SOLD OUT
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. The need for quality affordable housing is well documented in the Louisville community. By helping a low-income family become a homeowner, the community is helping parents build a stable home for their children for decades to come. FFA members will partner with Farm Credit to build walls and paint siding for a Habitat for Humanity home.

Kids Against Hunger - SOLD OUT
Kids Against Hunger-Louisville engages volunteers in packaging a mix of dry ingredients specially formulated to create a vitamin-fortified, high-protein meal. National Days of Service delegate participants will learn about the issue of world hunger, and the role that U.S. agriculture and Kids Against Hunger play in providing worldwide humanitarian aid. FFA members will create an 11-person assembly line team with the goal of packaging 3,000 meals per team. After 45 minutes of packing, the team will be realigned and the new teams will discuss and test ideas to improve the efficiency of the packaging line. The shift will conclude with members assisting in clean up and preparation for the next shift. Kids Against Hunger will distribute 50% of the meals to Feeding America- Kentucky’s Heartland and 50% of the meals will go to Children’s Lifeline, a Kentucky-based nonprofit that feeds children in Haiti.

National Safe Place
National Safe Place has replicated the Safe Place model and supports a network of approximately 140 youth serving agencies across the nation that utilize the Safe Place program as part of their community outreach services. CSX, National Safe Place, City Year and Dignity U Wear will work with the delegates to set up the National Days of Service project for Thursday and Friday. The delegates will arrange the site to accommodate the next service events, including the creation of open spaces and workstations. Additionally, the delegates will help design workflow, install signage and decorate for the upcoming activities.

YouthBuild - SOLD OUT
At YouthBuild, young adults realize their potential through the development of life and job skills. Students are inspired to reach lifelong success as they become strong, confident young adults with a commitment to work, education, family and community. National Days of Services delegates will establish the communal aspect of the YouthBuild Community Orchard by cleaning the area, removing weeds and building structures as gathering space. The orchard is currently home to fledgling fruit trees, a garden labyrinth, a small flock of chickens and a compost pile.