The students helped 40 different organizations throughout the city.
The students helped 40 different organizations throughout the city.

On Saturday, more than 400 first-year students at the University of Louisville pitched in for SOUL — Student Outreach Uniting Louisville — UofL’s annual day of service. It’s the largest service event at UofL. 

According to Kathy Meyer with the Office of Student Involvement, the event is a good opportunity for new students to connect with the community. The event kicked off on campus with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Congressman John Yarmuth and UofL President Neeli Bendapudi.

The students then split up into groups and helped 40 different organizations throughout Louisville. 

“I feel like I didn’t do enough in high school. Being in college and being in this community, this is a great way for me to grow and really help a community that I’m a part of,” said UofL freshman Will Randolph. 

Check out some photos here, and additional highlights from Saturday’s efforts below.  

Alicia Kelso
Alicia Kelso is the director of social media and digital content. She joined UofL in 2015 as director of communications at the Brandeis School of Law. She also serves as a senior contributor at, writing about the restaurant industry, which she has covered since 2010. Her work has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Good Morning America and Franchise Asia Magazine.