Last month, Mutual Aid and Poverty hosted Queer Houselessness: Everybody Deserves a Place to Call Home. This event featured the executive director, Glenn Martin, of Sweet Evening Breeze - a local LGBTQ+ youth houselessness nonprofit. During this event, Glenn Martin spoke about queer houselessness in Louisville as well as the history and mission of Sweet Evening Breeze. We also had a service component of our event where we had our attendees form an assembly line and create toiletry packages for youth in need. Throughout this event, attendees enjoyed donuts from Nord's Bakery and tea from SisGotTea - a local LGBTQ+ owned, woman owned, and black owned small business.
Glenn provided some shocking statistics during his talk. Did you know that up to 40%, that's almost half, of the houseless youth population identifies within the LGBTQ+ community? And that LGBTQ+ youth are 120% more likely to experience houselessness compared to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts? There is a need for LGBTQ+ specific houselessness services and Sweet Evening Breeze is committed to providing these services and raising awareness of the issue.
This event was incredibly educational and brought together the UofL community - both LGBTQ+ and allies. We were also able to actively serve those in need by creating toiletry packages. This event highlighted the urgent needs of the Louisville community and beyond that many were not previously aware of.
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HP's Last Blog Post of the Year
Finals are quickly approaching, it’s getting warmer, (and rainy... April Showers and May flowers, am I right?) and surely, the Derby and Summer break is on everyone's’ mind! While these are, of course, exciting things to be thinking about, Human Prosperity is also winding down. Let’s look at what we’ve accomplished these past few weeks!!
Hoops for Hope was such a success! Our guest speakers, volunteers, and teams had an awesome time on the court for the March of Dimes. We were so happy with the turnout for this first year event-- we couldn’t have been happier!
Next, we very recently had our last event of the semester: Run for Rosie! This was near and dear to our committees’ heart, and we feel so honored to have been able to provide a way to educate, raise awareness, and even benefit the Cystic Fibrosis foundation, as well as the The Melanie and Rosalie Albright Foundation. Check out their Facebook page here!!
Our outcome was higher than expected for the event and we were elated! Just a perfect example of how hard work pays off!
As a final note, John and I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work, support, and looooove we saw from the UofL community this year. We truly could not have done it without!
I’ll leave you with a haiku about our experiences this year:
The year is ending
We are making change, progress
Hard work really pays off!!! <3
Thank you all again-- we have enjoyed working for and with you all! #GoCardsForever
Human Prosperity is really starting to get into ~Spring Break~ mode, however, we knew we couldn’t chillax without finishing up some good work first!
Firstly, our committee, John and I decided on a March event: “Hoops for Hope”!! This 3 versus 3 co-ed basketball tournament will have some phenomenal guests to keep the crowd busy, as well as opportunities to give back to an awesome charity: March of Dimes! We are so excited to host an event that can be so beneficial to those in our community, and also elsewhere in the state and country! We have some great sponsors partnering with us, as well.
~Volunteer of the Month~
Our very own incredible committee member, Sarah Thomas, was chosen as ELSB’s Volunteer of the Month! She has been a great asset to our team. She’s always ready to expand on ideas, overcome any roadblock, and do what she can to help those in need! She has kick-started “Run for Rosie”, a 5k-esque run that benefits Cystic Fibrosis. "I am a freshman here at UofL. To me, service is a way of helping fellow people and ensuring they have someone they can rely on in a time of need. It’s an important aspect that everyone should incorporate in their lives. It’s a feel-good experience for the person giving service and the person receiving service.”
Congrats, Sarah We are so proud of you!
ALSO: Wanna look kewl spreading some HP gear? Be on the lookout for these ~funky cool~ stickers, coming to ELSB lovers right after Spring Break! We have a limited supply, so be sure to grab yours ASAP!
As for my last bit of information, in the form of a quote:
Here’s what service means to Sarah, in her own words: “You never know what small action you take could make someone’s day. We all deserve to help others, and in turn, be helped. Service is the perfect way I have found to do this! I hope you find volunteerism and awareness impactful, as well."
Have a safe, impactful, and fun Spring Break! See you later this month!
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New Year, New Service
Hey there everyone! Human Prosperity is so glad to get back in the swing of things with you all!! To start off the semester, we (with the help of our awesome committee) put on the “Help Humans Prosper” Blood Drive in the Red Barn! It went well, and we always love to see the shining faces of the UofL community! #gocards
What’s On the Horizon…
Next up, HP and the Human Prosperity Freshman Lead ESP (empower and serve projects) group is presenting some interesting, and sadly, often overlooked information about the Appalachian region of the country. This will all be facilitated through ELSB’s very own VoteEverywhere program! Thanks to the brilliant Brittany Greenwell and Clara Wilson, Minds at Work is an awesome event here on campus that showcases different RSO’s (as well as different ELSB committees/programs) points of interests, and allows college students to become aware of pertinent issues, and in turn, how to facilitate that knowledge. We are so excited for another year!
What an impactful day that was! MLK’s Day of Service is one of my favorite days of the year! Since I was too in the moment to take any real pictures of service, hopefully these inspiring quotes from the King himself can remind us what it means to do good work for others.
As I leave this blog post, I want to thank everyone so far for an awesome 1st semester, and hope excited John and I are for this next one! #gocards #cantstopwontstop
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Human Prosperity is Ahead of the Game
Hey-hey everyone! I hope your semester is going real great :)
HP has been up to big things here lately. We have events relatively thought out until February (woot woot!!!) and we are still in the planning stages of events coming up. More and more each week, it seems that John, myself, and our ~over-the-top, lovely, contributing~ committee members are coming up with some really awesome ideas and we cannot wait to execute them for all of campus!
Here’s a photo from our last event: A Time for PEACC.
Speaking of our next event!!! “Love the Hungry” is an event that helps us understand food inequity and the importance of nourishment, as well as how poverty can affect the world around us. I attended the event last year as a committee member and truly felt its’ impact (even though we shipped the meals we packaged across seas) it was an amazing way to volunteer with fresh faces and do some good in the world!
11/28, Red Barn, 6-8 PM-- be there. There’s enough ugly in the world, and we could all use a little sunshine. :)
Have an awesome month, everyone, and contact myself or John Rhodes (the fearless HP Director) if you have any questions/concerns <3
Committee Meeting Info:
ELSB office (Student Involvement Office, 3rd floor of SAC)
Bi-Weekly, Thursdays (next meeting is 11/22)
What's Human Prosperity Up To?
Hello ELSBers and newcomers alike! :)
I hope everyone’s semester is starting off well. John and I had our first kickoff event downtown at the Health Sciences Campus. This was a more informational event to discuss Byck Elementary, why it’s important that we provide them with school supplies, etc. We had a lot of fun planning it! (And the Jimmy Johns was pretty great, too)
We will be decorating ~donation boxes~ at our next meeting September 13th, in the ELSB office (6-7pm) and placing them at the HSC shortly after. We have 10 boxes, so we would love getting all the help we can! <3 Come show out for the awesome kiddos @ Byck Elementary!
My favorite part of this event was definitely working with the principal of Byck. She expressed sincere gratitude and provided us with some really cool info to get our event rolling. It was a real awesome experience!
As a rising senior, I have gained a multitude of experiences from being on the Engage Lead Serve Board. My freshman year I was part of the Green Initiatives Committee, which helped me realize the small efforts we can make to help the earth. A couple years later, I found myself in the position of Director of Human Prosperity.
While in this position, I was able to lead new committee members toward ending social inequality through service and educational opportunities about various socioeconomic issues. Within the community of Louisville, we work closely with Wayside Christian Mission where we serve those experiencing homelessness.
I am honored to be the Director of Human Prosperity for the second year and I look forward to working with my wonderful Associate Director, Mallory Mitchell in the future.
Hello all ELSB lovers!
As a freshman, I joined the Human Prosperity committee due to Freshman LEAD (another awesome ELSB program!) and was impressed and fell in love with the topics we bring to light: socio-economic disparities and issues within U of L, Louisville, and across the world.
I’m happy to announce that we will be continuing our awesome partnership with Wayside Christian Mission here in the Ville -- there’s that old saying: if you want to change the world, start at home!
I am extremely excited to work with John Rhodes, the Human Prosperity ELSB director. I’m honored to be on the board, and give back to the lovely U of L community!
Mutual Aid and Poverty is committed to facing the detrimental effects of a system centered on profit rather than our well-being. We help to educate on issues such as houselessness and food insecurity.