Impact100 Louisville’s goal is to provide high-impact grants that reach under-served populations, support nonprofits, and highlight unmet needs in our community. Through grant-making, we invest in nonprofits financially and by partnering with them to familiarize ourselves with their programs, services, and the communities they serve. In return, our partners assure us our process allows them to think bigger and more strategically about the work they do and the impact they have.
2022 Grant Recipients
Education Justice (EJ) was formed by a group of idealistic tutors who realized that under-resourced students did not have equal access to tutoring. We launched an initiative top identify and train high school students to become dedicated tutors ("Activists"). once matched, Activist-Scholar pairs meet for supervised one-on-one tutoring sessions every week during the school year.
EJ has a five-year goal to serve 10% of our middle school population, approximately 2,800 students. As the only free, peer-to-peer tutoring program in the Louisville area that pairs middle school students with high school peers, EJ aims to expand its scale and mission impact.
With Impact100 Louisville's investment, EJ can increase the number of students served. We will achieve this in four ways:
First, develop a more robust marketing plan to keep students, parents, school and community partners informed about how they can enroll in our programs.
Second, hold scholar/tutor meetups throughout the year to build rapport, strengthen relationships and supplement online tutoring.
Third, complete the development of an innovative digital matching tool that helps students select a tutor who best matches their interests and academic needs.
Fourth, improve the teaching and learning capabilities in our virtual classroom.
Wish List: Laptops/Chromebooks, Digital Tablets, Wi-Fi Hotspots, Gift Cards for Incentives, Event/Meeting Space
How this funding will impact this organization:
The toughest day at Hildegard House is when someone wants to live with us, and all our beds are full.
At HIldegard House, Kentucky's first and only comfort care home, we serve mostly older people at the end stage of life, some homeless, and all without caregivers. Our goal is to accept residents during their last three months, but the length of stay varies; the average stay is 3-4 weeks.
Trained volunteers and staff are the extended family for each resident. Every resident has access to a hospice team composed of a nurse, an aide, a social worker, and a chaplain. Meals, laundry, housekeeping, and companionship provide part of our home setting.
Last quarter alone there were 25 people we could not serve. There is a vital need, and we are only able to meet a fraction of it. The Impact100 Louisville grant for our expansion will help us meet that need. In May 2022 we purchased a small shotgun house in order to provide 3-4 more beds which allow us to serve about 68 more people each year. The grant money would go far to help us complete the renovation and accept residents into the new home by mid-2023.
Wish List: Long Twin Sheet, 3 Flat-Screen TV's, Canned Soft Drinks, Bottled Water, Kroger Cards
How this funding will impact this organization:
The Smoketown Family Wellness Center (SFWC), located in the heart of the Smoketown neighborhood, strives to establish healthy lifestyles from birth.
Our innovation model focuses on wellness, aiming to prevent diseases that begin in childhood. SFWC also supports parents with the knowledge and resources they need. using a concierge-style care for children of families with Medicaid, we offer 24/7 access to pediatricians, extended appointment times, and a "two generation" model supporting the needs of both caregiver and child.
An Impact100 Louisville grant will allow SFWC to hire a community health worker (CHW) or CHAMP (Community Advocate Mobilizing Partnerships) to serve as a bridge to clinical and critical non-clinical resources. The CHW will support families by helping them overcome barriers in education, housing, food, and transportation.
CHWs are trusted community members with shared culture, language, and experiences, trained to serve as liasions between the community and the healthcare system. CHWs have been shown to improve health equity and well-being, especially with emotional health concerns such as low self-esteen, bullying, trauma, and suicide prevention.
With Impact100 Louisville's grant we can move closer to our goal of adding 10 year of quality life to Smoketown children.
2021 Grant Recipients
The Maple Street Park Project fills a critical gap in access to outdoor space for 20 Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). The new JCPS elementary school adjoining the YMCA near Maple Street will be located on a constrained urban footprint. JCPS and the YMCA are committed park champions and anchor institutions, bolstering the project’s sustainability. LPF is raising funds, engaging residents in park design and investigating a new governance model through which LPF and community members operate the park.
The park, playground and classroom will feature fully-inclusive natural play structures, a wi-fi enabled classroom, plants, pathways and more.
Wish List: Window air conditioner units, basketballs, acrylic paints, outdoor pickleball nets and balls, indoor archery net that will stay mounted on the wall, and a freestanding volleyball net.
The demand for our food pantry and soup kitchen has recently increased dramatically. The investment from Impact100 will go towards the physical upgrades to kitchen and pantry facilities to ensure proper handling and storage of food. This includes shelving, improvements to freezer, refrigerator, and inventory systems and necessary building upgrades for the pantry and kitchen expansion. These upgrades will improve the food safety standards and the quality of items available through La Casita‘s food pantry program. In addition, they will enable our food program to include stocking fresh and perishable foods that are essential for a healthy diet.
This investment will sustain our food and hospitality program for years with a beautiful, spacious, and commercial-standard pantry facility and kitchen. The families that we accompany will see that they are valued, welcomed, and worthy. This project will showcase the investment from a group like Impact100 that believes in the leadership of a Latina feminist organization.
Wish List: Shampoo, conditioner, dry black beans, dry rice, canned goods.