Cards Come Together

The University of Louisville’s inaugural week of service, Cards Come Together took place October 22-25, 2019. The week of service partnered with “Wear Red to be Fed” to kick off Cards Come Together in front of a large group of students.   

In addition to kicking off the week of service during “Wear Red to be Fed,” announcements about Cards Come Together went out 10 times in UofL Today and two announcements were sent out in the Student News and Events newsletter.    

Additionally, members of the planning committee made presentations to the President’s Leadership Team, Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, Student Activities Board, Engaged Lead Serve Board, Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Presidents, and the services open forum on the Health Science Campus.  The goal of the presentations was to promote the activities for the week and encourage participation among the groups.  The event was also cross promoted as part of Sustainability week and through the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. 

President Bendapudi sent out an email to the campus community encouraging participation, Executive committee co-chairs Josh Hawkins and Ralph Fitzpatrick sent an email encouraging participation and President Bendapudi mentioned the week of service in one of her update videos that was sent to the campus community. There was also a video shown at the UofL/Clemson football game where President Bendapudi encouraged game attendees to participate in Cards Come Together. 

Two UofL News stories were written and published on UofL News. The first story informed the public that Cards Come Together registration was officially open and the second story gave a recap of the week of service. 

To reach out to media, a news release and media advisory were released informing the public about Cards Come Together and directed any media who might show up to the Old Louisville Community Cleanup. Two media personnel attended the community cleanup to conduct interviews after seeing the media advisory. 

Digital signage was utilized to promote Cards Come Together in the Student Activities Center, Student Recreation Center and in the Health Science Campus gym. 

Conservative estimates indicate 500 students, staff, faculty, and alumni were involved in the inaugural Cards Come Together Week of Service.